Gordon Armstrong lives in Florida and drives a 2007 Toyota* Camry.* He has always liked the car, which now has a little more than 100,000 miles (160,900 km) on the 4-cylinder engine.
At 86, Armstrong describes himself as a “semi-retired” mechanic who is familiar with vehicles and engines of all kinds — and what happens to them if they are run without oil.
Armstrong recently drove from his home in Florida to Indiana and back, a weekend that logged 1,950 miles on the Camry’s engine. Armstrong installed fresh AMSOIL Signature Series 5W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil before the trip.
During the trip, Armstrong’s daughter said she thought the oil light was on. “Oh, it’s probably one of those idiot lights to check the engine,” Armstrong responded. He was about 50 miles from home on the return trip when he stopped and checked the oil. “There was not a drop of oil on the dip stick,” Armstrong said.
He immediately put in two quarts of synthetic motor oil at the station, and another two quarts when he got home. He realized he forgot to put the oil cap back on when he changed the oil before the trip. The engine had so much oil splattered on it that Armstrong had to have his garage floor cleaned from the oil that dripped onto it, he said. “I’m still driving the car,” Armstrong said. “It runs as sweet as it ever did. I’m definitely sold on AMSOIL now.”