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Your Oil Filter Questions Answered

In theory, your oil filter has a simple job: capture wear-causing contaminants and hold them in the filter media so they don’t run amok throughout your engine. But lots of factors can throw a wrench into this plan, which can raise questions about oil filters and filtration. Here are some of the most common.

Why Does Motor Oil Turn Black?

Motor oil turns black during use for a couple reasons: 1) Heat cycles During your drive to work in the morning, your engine reaches normal operating temperature (typically 195ºF-220ºF), heating the motor oil. Then the oil cools while your car sits in the parking lot.

What’s the Best Type of Welding for Your Project? Find Out Here.

Thanks to Greg Sanders, owner of Cromweld.com, a website devoted to all things welding, for this guest post. Greg is semi-retired from welding but likes to keep learning, as well as share his knowledge through his website. You can also find him on Facebook.

Why Did We Reformulate Signature Series Synthetic Motor Oil?

Simply put, we reformulated Signature Series Synthetic Motor Oil to solve problems. For all the derision heaped upon the internal-combustion engine, it remains our primary mode of propulsion. And, despite the gains of hybrids and electric vehicles, it will remain so for the foreseeable future.

Why You Should Be Wary About Using Break In Oil in Powersports Equipment

general Motorcycle Oil Change

Makaco Unanimous asks on our Facebook page about break in oil, with attention paid to powersports engines. First, thanks for the question, Makaco Unanimous. Second, I think I found my name for next season’s fantasy football team. Let’s get to it. Maintaining an engine is a constant fight against wear.

What Motor Oil Should I Use in a Methanol Engine?

Sprint car.

Frank wants to know, via our Facebook page, the pros and cons of using mineral oil versus synthetic oil in a methanol-fueled engine. Thanks for the question, Frank.

Do Older Vehicles Need High Zinc Motor Oil?

Jerry Dixey's Car

Thanks to Hugh Ashburn for asking this question on our Facebook page. I assume when you say “older,” you mean a classic car or hot rod with a flat-tappet camshaft. Compared to their roller-cam counterparts, flat-tappet cams undergo sliding contact rather than rolling contact.

Is it Safe to Add Two-Stroke Oil to my Diesel Fuel?

Ray McClelland Diesel Power Challenge 2016

Robert Gordon wants to know, via our Facebook page, if it’s worthwhile to add AMSOIL SABER Synthetic 2-Stroke Oil to your diesel fuel. First, thanks for the question, Robert. Second, you’re not that Robby Gordon, are you?

Does it Matter Which Brand of Motor Oil You Use?

How to Dispose Motor Oil

The Internet is abuzz over the latest Blackstone Labs newsletter. OK, “abuzz” may be a stretch. But the newsletter certainly has sent the motor oil geeks among us into a tizzy. The distinguished oil analysis laboratory sought to answer the age-old question: Does it really matter which brand of motor oil your use?

How to Protect a Motorcycle Wet Clutch (and How it Works)

2017 Indian Scout motorcycle

A 10-mile trudge down gravel roads more trafficked by mosquitoes than people. That’s the situation I faced after dumping my Honda 350 motorcycle on a patch of loose gravel. Back then (the mid 1990s), cell phones were a luxury, especially deep in the woods of northern Minnesota where I lived.