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What’s New about Reformulated OE Synthetic Motor Oil?

First Signature Series Synthetic Motor Oil, then XL Synthetic Motor Oil. Now, OE Synthetic Motor Oil is our latest oil to undergo a formulation change and facelift.

Never Overlook This When Maintaining Your Snowblower

Snowblower won't start? Try this.

Originally posted Dec. 23, 2016 Thanksgiving day. While my family was gathered in my dining room, imbibing spirits and making merry, I was in the shed disassembling the carburetor on my snowblower, reeking of petroleum as rivers of gasoline flowed under my jacket cuffs and saturated me to the elbows. Here’s what happened, and here’s

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How Often Should I Change Front or Rear Differential Fluid?

Chevrolet Towing Camper

It depends on your vehicle, driving conditions and differential fluid quality. That’s a pretty vague answer, but it’s true. If you drive your truck primarily on the highway in temperate conditions and rarely tow or haul, you likely don’t need to change front or rear differential fluid very often.

Reformulated XL Motor Oil: Stronger for Longer

So, what’s new about reformulated XL Synthetic Motor Oil? In essence, XL protects better for longer, yet costs the same as before. It’s the perfect choice for enthusiasts who want to do something extra for their vehicle.

How Engine Wear & Deposits Kill Horsepower

Most people equate engine wear and deposits with a sudden, catastrophic engine failure that leaves you stranded alongside the road. In reality, wear and deposits are more likely to erode engine power and efficiency over time. Here’s how it works and what you can do about it.

Can I Use The Same Oil Filter Twice? (And Other 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.