Changing your oil every 3,000 miles is a practice passed down for generations. The origin likely stems from the noble effort to provide consumers with a simple vehicle-maintenance rule that left plenty of room for error.
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As in the automotive market, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have introduced new snowmobiles, UTVs and other powersports equipment with advanced materials and new technologies. Prices have risen considerably the past 10 years, with snowmobiles selling for $14,000 and UTVs for more than $20,000.
Scott D. Galbreath asks via our Facebook page about the pros and cons of synthetic blend motor oils. Thanks for the question, Scott. Making sense of motor oil can be confusing and frustrating. Choosing among full synthetics, synthetic blends, semi-conventional, conventional, high-mileage full synthetics and synthetic blends is just the beginning.
Unlike food and drug companies, which must disclose the ingredients in their products, lubricant manufactures aren’t held to the same mandate, which can cause confusion if you’re shopping for synthetic motor oil. Store shelves are lined with oils described as “full synthetic,” “semi-synthetic,” “synthetic” and even “100% synthetic.”
In 2005, Congress instituted a new renewable fuel standard. In response, refiners made a wholesale switch, removing methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) and blending fuel with ethanol. Ethanol helps reduce petroleum use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Derived from corn, ethanol supports U.S. agriculture and helps support energy independence.
Analysis of used oil provides insights into the health of the oil and filters as well as the equipment. While the benefits of analysis are clear, making sense of the report you receive can be a challenge. Unpacking the elements of a typical report is a great way to improve clarity. Each oil analysis lab has a slightly different report layout and you should check with your analysis lab if you have