Why Does My Engine Knock? 3 Possible Explanations.

Boost horsepower in your car or truck

There are a few different reasons your engine might make a knocking, ticking or pinging noise. Let’s break each down and talk about what might be happening.

Is Starting Fluid Bad for Gas Engines?

Small Gas Engine Repair

The simple answer: In small doses and used properly, it can be effective in hard-starting gasoline engines. But it can be bad for two-stroke or diesel engines. The real question to ask is, “Why does my engine need starting fluid in the first place?”

New Motor Oil Specs are Coming

Time for an Oil Change

As engine operating conditions grow more severe, so do the demands placed on your motor oil. New engine hardware such as turbochargers, direct injection and variable valve timing (VVT) place increased stress on your engine oil.

It Ain’t Easy Being Green

Earth Day

AMSOIL INC. is headquartered in the land of 10,000 lakes. Imagine clean, blue water, pine trees for days, and wildlife that roams free. It is a beautiful place and we do our best to not take it for granted.

Give Your Everyday Driver the Same Love as your Weekend Fun Machine

Chevy, pickup, ATV, UTV

It’s dirt bike season. Motorcycle season. Boat season. ATV season. Weekend season. The giddy anticipation of Summer. Sunshine. Your favorite malted beverage. Blue skies and puffy clouds.

McDonalds or KFC: Should I Run Vegetable Oil in my Diesel?

French fries

Ever drive down the road in the middle of nowhere and run across the scent of French fries? Maybe it made you think some punk threw his garbage from his car into the ditch and the wind was just right to catch a whiff as you drove by.

Top Five Car Maintenance Myths

Change oil in your car

Today’s blog theme is car maintenance myths. When we talk about myths, we’re not making reference to the characters who populate ancient Greek and Roman mythologies, like Apollo, Hercules and Medusa. In this context the word myth has evolved to simply mean “beliefs that are not true.”

How to Clean and Prevent Battery Terminal Corrosion

How to clean battery corrosion

We’ve all been there before. You turn the key on your car and…nothing. Not even the tell-tale clicking sound of the starter solenoid. Your first reaction is to pound the steering wheel and curse the darkness. But it should probably be to grab a battery terminal cleaning brush and pop the hood.

Oil Analysis – Making Sense of Used-Oil Reports

Pouring Motor oil

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

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How To Dispose of Used Motor Oil

Working Car

Changing your own oil may not always be enjoyable, but it is fulfilling and worthwhile. DIY projects such as changing your own oil promote self-reliance and extra peace of mind that the job was well done.