John Baker

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Why Does My Engine Knock? 3 Possible Explanations.

Do you hear an engine knocking sound when you hit the gas? It could be due to pre-ignition or detonation. Here’s what you can do about it.



How Engine Sludge Forms. And How To Prevent It.

Engine sludge is a black gelatinous substance that wreaks havoc in engines. Combatting engine sludge begins with using a high-quality motor oil.



Can I Use Diesel Oil in My Gas Engine?

You can use diesel oil in a gas engine provided the diesel oil meets the appropriate specifications and viscosity requirements of your engine.



Do Older Engines Need Oil With ZDDP Additives?

Using a high-zinc oil with a high dose of ZDDP additives helps protect classic car and hot rod engines. AMSOIL Z-ROD Synthetic Oil contains 1400 ppm zinc.



For the Hellephant: We Dyno Mopar’s 1,000-hp Crate Engine

Vehicle builder and TV host Kenny Hauk brought his Mopar Hellephant engine to AMSOIL for a dyno run. Find out if it made its advertised 1,000 hp.



Weed Eater Won’t Start? Try This

Weed eater, string trimmer, wee wacker cutting grass.

No matter what you call it – weed eater, weed whacker, string trimmer – chances are at some point it won’t start. Here’s how to get it running again.



Can I Use The Same Oil Filter Twice? (And Other Oil Filter Questions Answered)

Oil filter

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 inside your engine. But lots of factors can throw a wrench into this plan, which can raise filtration questions.



ATV/UTV Maintenance: 7 Tips to Maximize Your Machine’s Life

King of the Hammers UTV

Do you want your ATV or UTV to last? Then practice these seven maintenance tips to maximize your machine’s performance and life.



Why Does Motor Oil Turn Black?

How to change your oil

Find out why motor oil turns black and how that may affect your engine and, more importantly, if it signals the time for an oil change.