John Baker

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How to Clean Car Battery Corrosion

Battery terminal corrosion can prevent your car from getting the juice it needs to start. Here’s how to clean and prevent it.



Is it Safe to Add 2-Stroke Oil to My Diesel Fuel?

2-stroke oil in diesel pickup

In general, it’s OK to add 2 stroke oil to diesel fuel for extra lubricity, but it’s far easier and more effective to use a fuel additive.



What Causes Engine Oil Oxidation?

XL Synthetic Motor Oil

Engine oil oxidation can cause deposits, sludge and other performance problems. Synthetic motor oils offer better oxidation resistance.



What is a Lead Substitute (and Do I Need One)?

Lead substitute for classic cars

Engines built in the 1960s and earlier with leaded gasoline in mind can benefit from a lead substitute to help prevent valve recession and engine knock.



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

Motorcycle wet clutch

Motorcycle oil and dirt bike oil must be formulated with the correct frictional properties to ensure smooth, consistent shifts and long wet clutch life.



What’s the Difference Between Motorcycle, Dirt Bike and ATV Oil?

Differences between motorcycle, ATV/UTV and dirt bike oil.

Motorcycles, ATVs/UTVs and dirt bikes present different challenges to motor oil, making it tough for one formulation to deliver optimum performance in all applications. It’s best to use an oil made specifically for the application.



What Causes Motor Oil Contamination?

Checking oil for contamination

Motor oil contamination is the result of chemical changes to the oil, in addition to the accumulation of dirt, fuel, metal particles and other contaminants.



What Are Piston Rings?

What do piston rings do?

Piston rings seal the combustion chamber, keeping combustion gases in and oil out. Properly working piston rings are vital to maximizing engine power.



What a Good Motorcycle Coolant Should Do

Motorcycle coolant

A good motorcycle, ATV or dirt bike coolant must dissipate heat, prevent corrosion and last for years. And it should be pre-mixed with high-purity water.