A Beginner’s Guide to Motor Oil: What You Need to Know

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If you awoke this morning asking yourself, “Gee, I wonder what there is to know about motor oil,” you’re in luck. Here, we present a primer on motor oil fundamentals.



8 Hot AMSOIL Products for Your Hot Rod

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If you’re anything like us, the highly anticipated sights and sounds of hot rods, muscle cars and restomods returning to the open road makes you a bit giddy. It’s a sure sign of road trips, car shows and all things summer.



How Do I Switch from Conventional to Synthetic Oil?

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To borrow a famous slogan, just do it. There is still some confusion about changing to a different type of oil in vehicles, particularly older models that have accumulated many miles. A small group of ill-informed individuals in garages and on blogs still cling to old beliefs that synthetic motor oils cause roller followers to

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Do Motor Oil Additives Work?

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What do motor oil additives do? The shelves at your local auto parts store are full of aftermarket motor oil additives and oil treatments that promise a cornucopia of benefits, such as… Increased fuel economy Reduced friction Maximum horsepower Improved engine cleanliness To provide this added performance, aftermarket motor oil additives use different chemical components

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What Happens if I Use the Wrong Weight (Viscosity) of Oil?

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It depends on how your engine is built and how it reacts to the specific viscosity of oil you use. That’s pretty nebulous, so here are some examples.



AMSOIL 2017 Year in Review: Part II

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AMSOIL is all about enthusiasts who work hard and play harder, whether on a sled, dirt bike or in a car. Together we’re fiercely “Devoted to Protection” when it comes to taking care of our vehicles and toys.



Why Does Motor Oil Turn Black?

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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.



Your Most Common Motor Oil Questions Answered

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One thing the Internet has done is create a lot more “experts.” In the old days when you had a car maintenance question, you knew whom to ask – ‘ol Mike up the street with grease under his fingernails and a rag in his back pocket.



The Pros and Cons of Semi-Synthetic Oils and Synthetic Blends

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Scott D. Galbreath asks via our Facebook page about the pros and cons of synthetic blend motor oils. Thanks for the question, Scott. Making sense of motor oil can be confusing and frustrating. Choosing among full synthetics, synthetic blends, semi-conventional, conventional, high-mileage full synthetics and synthetic blends is just the beginning.



What Motor Oil Should I Use in a Methanol Engine?

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Frank wants to know, via our Facebook page, the pros and cons of using mineral oil versus synthetic oil in a methanol-fueled engine. Thanks for the question, Frank.