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AMSOIL Won’t Let Million-Mile Trucker Retire

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When AMSOIL Dealer Jerry Pruett of Woodhull, Ill. purchased his new 1999 Kenworth over-the-road truck in December 1998, he thought it might run forever if he installed AMSOIL synthetic lubricants. Now with more than 1.6 million miles on the drivetrain and over 1.1 million on the factory-rebuilt engine, “forever” still remains in sight.

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The mileage is even more impressive considering how little work the truck has required. The Detroit Diesel Reliabilt® engine still has virtually all of its original components, including the turbo and fuel injectors. The truck accumulates 2,300-3,000 miles a week hauling loads averaging 27,000-35,000 pounds, with some up to 80,000.

The reliability of the drivetrain is also notable. Though the clutch has been replaced a couple times, the transmission hasn’t been touched. “I’ve done nothing to the transmission. All the gears in it are at 1.6 million miles,” said Pruett. The differential gears are also original to the truck.

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AMSOIL adds a 10W-30 to the OE diesel family

New AMSOIL OE 10W-30 Synthetic Diesel Oil (OEC) provides outstanding fuel
economy benefits for applications requiring an SAE 30 or 10W-30 diesel oil. Like
OE 15W-40 Synthetic Diesel Oil, it offers high-quality protection and performance
for original equipment manufacturer (OEM )-recommended drain intervals at an
initial price comparable with other standard-drain synthetic diesel oils.

 

OE 10W-30 Synthetic Diesel Oil is API CJ-4 licensed and suitable for modern and older, on- and off-road diesel applications. It is an excellent entry level product for customers who want to move up to synthetic quality, but won’t pay a significantly higher price than they would for a conventional oil or aren’t initially interested in extending their drain intervals. Meets Emissions System Requirements AMSOIL OE 10W-30 Synthetic Diesel Oil is a low-sulfated-ash formulation that meets emissions system requirements and protects under the most severe conditions found in diesel engines. It is compatible with all exhaust treatment devices, including diesel particulate filters (DPF). Extreme-Temperature Performance OE 10W-30 Synthetic Diesel Oil is formulated to deliver improved heat and oxidation resistance compared to conventional petroleum oil. It provides clean engine operation and helps maintain power and fuel efficiency for superior engine performance. OE Diesel Oil also flows dependably in cold temperatures for easier startup and improved engine protection. Resists Oil Consumption and Emissions Due to its low rate of volatility, AMSOIL OE 10W-30 Synthetic Diesel Oil is able to reduce oil consumption and emissions. It maintains its excellent film strength even during high-temperature operating conditions to ensure dependable protection, performance and fuel efficiency. Controls Soot-Thickening and Wear AMSOIL OE 10W-30 Synthetic Diesel Oil is formulated with premium synthetic base stocks and robust detergent/ dispersant additives that keep soot particles from agglomerating and forming larger wear-causing particles. Its synthetic formulation delivers optimal protection, maintaining performance by
staying in its viscosity grade. APPLICATIONS AMSOIL OE 10W-30 Synthetic Diesel Oil is recommended for diesel engines and, where appropriate, gasoline engines requiring any of the following image
specifications: • API licensed CJ-4/SN
• ACEA E9 • Cummins CES 20081
• MB 228.31 • CAT ECF-3, ECF-2,
ECF-1-a • Mack EO-O • Volvo VDS-4,
VDS-3 • MAN 3575 • Renault RLD-3
• MTU Type 2.1
AMSOIL adds a 10W-30
to the OE diesel family
New AMSOIL OE 10W-30 Synthetic Diesel Oil (OEC) provides outstanding fuel
economy benefits for applications requiring an SAE 30 or 10W-30 diesel oil. Like
OE 15W-40 Synthetic Diesel Oil, it offers high-quality protection and performance
for original equipment manufacturer (OEM )-recommended drain intervals at an
initial price comparable with other standard-drain synthetic diesel oils.
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AMSOIL Adds a 10W-30 to the OE Diesel Family

AMSOIL Adds a 10W-30 to the OE Diesel Family

New AMSOIL OE 10W-30 Synthetic Diesel Oil (OEC) provides outstanding fuel economy benefits for applications requiring an SAE 30 or 10W-30 diesel oil. Like OE 15W-40 Synthetic Diesel Oil, it offers high-quality protection and performance for original equipment manufacturer (OEM)-recommended drain intervals at an initial price comparable with other standard-drain synthetic diesel oils.

OE 10W-30 Synthetic Diesel Oil is API CJ-4 licensed and suitable for modern and older, on- and off-road diesel applications. It is an excellent entry-level product for customers who want to move up to synthetic quality, but won’t pay a significantly higher price than they would for a conventional oil or aren’t initially interested in extending their drain intervals.

See the September AMSOIL Magazine for more information.

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AMSOIL Provides Complete Vehicle Cold-Weather Performance

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Amsoil synthetic oil works better in extreme cold. Extreme cold can cause conventional motor oil, transmission fluid and gear lube to thicken, starving vital moving parts of necessary lubrication. In many cases, thick motor oil will prevent vehicles from starting. Cold, thick transmission fluid results in delayed or sluggish shifts and inadequate protection for bearings, valves and other critical parts. Thick gear lube, meanwhile, requires more energy to turn the gears, reducing fuel efficiency. Because gears and bearings in the axle housing are splash-lubricated, conventional gear lubes that are too thick at cold temperatures can starve internal components of lubrication, which can cause excessive wear and premature failure.
Conventional petroleum lubricants thicken because they often contain paraffin (wax). While modern refining techniques remove most of the wax from petroleum oil, some wax-like molecules remain. These wax-like molecules are soluble at ambient temperatures above freezing, but crystallize into a honeycomb-like structure at lower temperatures and cause circulation problems. At startup, this can leave working parts unprotected while the lubricant warms to a temperature that allows it to flow. amsoil synthetic lubricants do not contain paraffin. Amsoil synthetic oils provide outstanding low-temperature fluidity for fast, dependable winter starts; quick, responsive shifts and immediate startup protection. Superior Amsoil Fuel & Coolant Additives and Amsoil Diesel applications can be especially sensitive to cold-weather issues. As the temperature drops, the wax naturally found in diesel fuel begins to form
crystals. The point at which wax crystals form is known as the cloud point. These wax crystals eventually clog the fuel filter and starve the engine of fuel, preventing it from starting. While low-quality fuels may form wax crystals in temperatures as warm as 40°F, most fuels have a cloud point near 32°F. The point at which the wax crystals clog the fuel filter is known as the cold filter-plugging point (CFPP). amsoil Cold Flow Improver reduces the CFPP of ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel by as much as 20ºF for increased protection. In frigid conditions, motorists often idle vehicles for extended periods to warm the interiors and defrost the windows. Not only can the practice be inconvenient, it wastes fuel as well. amsoil Dominator® Coolant Boost uses proprietary tiered-surfactant technology to provide quick and effective heat transfer inside radiator and cylinder heads, resulting in faster engine warm-up times. As a result, vehicle interiors warm more quickly and the defroster becomes effective sooner. Amsoil diesel fuel additive. Amsoil antifreeze. Amsoil fuel addetive.

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Fire Department Counts on AMSOIL Synthetic Lubricants

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Direct Jobber Craig Hamrick of Macomb, Ill. has been a firefighter in charge of fleet maintenance for 23 years. “My wife and I have been Dealers since 2006 and became Dealers after seeing the impressive results AMSOIL demonstrated in the fire department fleet,” Hamrick said. The fire department is a commercial account of Dealer Glenn Mike Arnold, Hamrick’s sponsor. “We have used Amsoil lubricants since 2003 in the fleet,” Hamrick said. The department has 11 vehicles and numerous small engines and generators, all running with Amsoil products. “Glenn’s knowledge of Amsoil products has helped us select the right products for our needs. Every vehicle in our fleet has AMSOIL installed from front to back.” AMSOIL Powers Generator The Macomb Fire Department generator at the main station is an Onan 150KW unit that is powered by a Cummins QSB 6.7 liter diesel. The generator is equipped with an AMSOIL Duel Remote By-Pass System and Ea Full-Flow and By-Pass Filters. For ease of oil sampling, there is a petcock on one of the ports on the filter housing. The engine is filled with AMSOIL  premium API CJ-4 5W-40 Synthetic Diesel Oil (DEO). “The reason for choosing Premium 5W-40 over AMSOIL Premium 15W-40 Synthetic Diesel Oil (DME) is the slightly better flow characteristics of the 5W-40 for cold-weather startup,” Hamrick said. “While this unit has a block heater to keep the coolant warm, the oil can still be fairly cold. This generator must go from stopped to running with full electrical load in less than one minute. The cold flow characteristics of AMSOIL diesel oil provide maximum protection and peace of mind for me and our department.”

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The fuel is also treated with AMSOIL Diesel Concentrate plus Cold Flow Improver at each fill-up. “The savings are substantial,” Hamrick said. “We only change oil based on oil analysis now, where before we changed every three months or 250 hours. Fleet uptime is one of the most important benefits for us.  Our equipment must respond and perform at maximum capability every time. The generator is just as important.” Oil Analysis Proves AMSOIL Benefits. Hamrick said he was a skeptic of extended drain intervals when he first was approached about AMSOIL synthetics. However, he soon learned the saving potential of AMSOIL synthetic lubricants. The department saves money through the reduction of waste oil generated, as well as fewer costs for equipment repairs and services, both in time and labor.

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The department regularly sends oil samples to OIL ANALYZERS as part of its maintenance program. “The proof is in all of the oil analysis reports,” he said. “We can see by the results.” AMSOIL lubricants are especially well-suited to emergency service vehicles where every second counts. “You never know when you’re going to get that call, and there isn’t a lot of extra equipment available,” Hamrick said. “We need our equipment to be ready and able to perform.”
Even during the winter months, the generator has “instant oil pressure” when it’s fired up, he said. “If you walk into
our station all you will see in our maintenance room is AMSOIL products.” Growing His Own AMSOIL Business
Hamrick specializes in commercial accounts because his background is in heavy-duty diesel equipment. Name recognition of AMSOIL has improved in the years since he became a Dealer. “AMSOIL is easier to sell now
than even when I started as a Dealer,” Hamrick said. He credited AMSOIL INC. for its work building AMSOIL brand recognition in numerous markets. His experience with the products also helps him with other fleet managers as he tells them his first-hand experience of AMSOIL cost savings, equipment performance and longevity. “It’s all about saving money and extending the life of the equipment,” Hamrick said.

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Catching Up With 2010 Diesel Power Champion Dmitri Millard

Catching Up With 2010 Diesel Power Champion Dmitri Millard

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The 2011 Diesel Power Challenge event is set to descend on Denver, CO May 3rd and final preparations are being laid out now. 12 diesel-powered rigs have been selected to compete head-to-head against one another and returning champ Dmitri Millard. Dmitri sat down with Jason Thompson, Feature Editor of Diesel Power Magazine, to discuss what it’s like to be the one to beat at this years’ challenge, and why the pressure has eased since he started three years ago.
Following is an excerpt from that interview, with the full article to be posted on the Diesel Power website soon.Dmitri_Millard_Trailer_Tow_Test

Q: How does it feel to be the “returning champ” and having to defend your title?
A: It feels great. First off I want to give a big thanks to Diesel Power and its staff for putting on this one of a kind event.

Q: How are you dealing with the pressure? Is it more than last year?

A: The pressure tastes like chicken. This will be my third year experiencing the Diesel Power event both competing and being on a pit crew. The pre-game jitters are gone now.

Q: Who are your crewmembers this time?

A: Matt Handwork (also a 2010 Diesel Power Challenge competitor), David Browning, Dallas Penn, Chris and Tim from last year

Q: What is your strategy going to be for each event? What’s the game plan?

A: We are going to go for broke on every event. Not holding anything back but our strongest events will be on the rollers and asphalt.

Dmitri will be running his 2001 Chevrolet 2500HD Crew Cab 4×4 in this years’ challenge. Modifications are extensive and of course, AMSOIL is powering the engine to ensure it can take the heat of the 2011 Diesel Power Challenge. Will Millard hang on to his title? Check back often as we draw closer to the event start May 3rd for info on other participants and the rigs they are bringing to battle. This invite-only event is closed to the public, but AMSOIL will be providing exclusive live updates from company reps on site watching it all go down.Dmitri_Millard's_Compound-Turbo_Duramax
Photos courtesy Diesel Power magazine.

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New Dominator® Coolant Boost – water wetter

New Dominator® Coolant Boost

Effective Heat Transfer, Enhanced Corrosion Protection

Buy Dominator Coolant Boost here, for $8.35/bottle. Discounts if you are a Preferred Customer

Racers demand lower engine operating temperatures in order to achieve maximum efficiency and horsepower on the track, while the straight water coolant used by many racers opens engines up to damaging radiator and water pump corrosion. New AMSOIL Dominator® Coolant Boost (RDCB) provides racers and motorists with significantly lower engine operating temperatures, quicker engine warm-up times and advanced corrosion protection.

Dominator Coolant Boost is formulated with proprietary tiered surfactant technology, providing quick and effective heat transfer inside radiator and cylinder heads, which results in reduced operating temperatures, more efficient operation, increased horsepower and significantly reduced engine warm-up times in cold weather. Coolant Boost also contains a robust mixture of corrosion inhibitors that protect the radiator, heater core, water pump, cylinder heads, engine block and intake manifold from the damaging effects of corrosion.

Temperature Reduction Dynamometer Test

To test the temperature reduction capabilities of Dominator Coolant Boost, dyno tests were performed on a Chevy 350 cubic inch engine with an aluminum block and cylinder heads. Running the test with both straight water and water treated with Coolant Boost, the engine was operated at 4,500 rpm until coolant temperature stabilized. 
Coolant Mixture Temperature
Straight Water 221°F
Water with Coolant Boost 202°F
Test results show water treated with Coolant Boost provided a 19°F temperature reduction.

 

Aluminum Corrosion Test

The Aluminum Corrosion Test (ASTM D-4340) measures the corrosion protection properties of Dominator Coolant Boost in modern automobile and high-performance race engines with aluminum cylinder heads. A cast aluminum puck was heated to 275°F at 28 PSI and exposed to the test coolant mixture for one week. Weight loss of less than 1.0 mg is required to pass the test.

Coolant Mixture Weight Loss
Straight Water 3.97 mg/cm2/wk
Water with Coolant Boost 0.14 mg/cm2/wk
Test results show water treated with Coolant Boost easily passed the Aluminum Corrosion Test.

Metal Corrosion Test
The Metal Corrosion Test (ASTM D-2570) measures corrosion protection properties in automotive cooling systems. Using ASTM corrosive water designed to simulate hard and corrosive water in degraded coolant, six metal coupons constructed of the most common metals in automotive cooling systems were exposed to the test coolant mixture at 190°F. The coolant was maintained at a temperature and flow rate equivalent to the operating conditions seen in most passenger vehicles. Corrosive weight loss suffered during the test determines the additive’s corrosion protection properties.image 

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Racers demand lower engine operating temperatures in order to achieve maximum efficiency and horsepower on the track, while the straight water coolant used by many racers opens engines up to damaging radiator and water pump corrosion. AMSOIL Dominator® Coolant Boost (RDCB) provides racers and motorists with significantly lower engine operating temperatures, quicker engine warm-up times and advanced corrosion protection.

Dominator Coolant Boost is formulated with proprietary tiered surfactant technology, providing quick and effective heat transfer inside radiators and cylinder heads, which results in reduced operating temperatures, more efficient operation, increased horsepower and significantly reduced engine warm-up times in cold weather. Coolant Boost also contains a robust mixture of corrosion inhibitors that protect the radiator, heater core, water pump, cylinder heads, engine block and intake manifold from the damaging effects of corrosion.

Temperature Reduction Dynamometer Test
To test the temperature reduction capabilities of Dominator Coolant Boost, dyno tests were performed on a Chevy 350 cubic inch engine with an aluminum block and cylinder heads. Running the test with both straight water and water treated with Coolant Boost, the engine was operated at 4,500 rpm until coolant temperature stabilized.

COOLANT MIXTURE STABILIZED COOLANT TEMPERATURE
Straight Water
221°F
Water with Coolant Boost
202°F

Test results show water treated with Coolant Boost provided a 19°F temperature reduction.

Aluminum Corrosion Test
The Aluminum Corrosion Test (ASTM D-4340) measures the corrosion protection properties of Dominator Coolant Boost in modern automobile and high-performance race engines with aluminum cylinder heads. A cast aluminum puck was heated to 275°F at 28 PSI and exposed to the test coolant mixture for one week. Weight loss of less than 1.0 mg is required to pass the test.

COOLANT MIXTURE WEIGHT LOSS
Straight Water 3.97 mg/cm2/wk
Water with Coolant Boost 0.14 mg/cm2/wk

Test results show water treated with Coolant Boost easily passed the Aluminum Corrosion Test.

Metal Corrosion Test
The Metal Corrosion Test (ASTM D-2570) measures corrosion protection properties in automotive cooling systems. Using ASTM corrosive water designed to simulate hard and corrosive water in degraded coolant, six metal coupons constructed of the most common metals in automotive cooling systems were exposed to the test coolant mixture at 190°F. The coolant was maintained at a temperature and flow rate equivalent to the operating conditions seen in most passenger vehicles. Corrosive weight loss suffered during the test determines the additive’s corrosion protection properties.

METAL STRAIGHT WATER
WEIGHT LOSS
WATER WITH COOLANT BOOST
WEIGHT LOSS
Copper 66mg 7mg
Solder 120mg 0mg
Brass 59mg 3mg
Steel 54mg 0mg
Cast Iron 117mg 0mg
Cast Aluminum 89mg 0mg

Test results show water treated with Coolant Boost significantly reduced weight loss due to corrosion.

Recommendations
Dominator Coolant Boost is recommended with both racing applications using straight water coolant and automotive applications using 50/50 coolant/water mixtures.

Directions: With engine off and cool, make sure cooling system is filled with selected coolant. Shake bottle and pour calculated amount of Coolant Boost into radiator. Start engine, turn heat on high and run for 15 minutes. Do NOT use distilled water unless mixed with 50% antifreeze.

Dosage: For straight water applications, add 2 fl. oz. of Coolant Boost per quart of tap or softened water. For 50/50 coolant/water applications, add 1 fl . oz. of Coolant Boost per quart of 50/50 mix.

Frequency: In applications using Coolant Boost with straight water, drain and re-fill the coolant system and add Coolant Boost once per year or when indicated by color change. A distinctive pH color change indicates when the pH has fallen to a point where corrosion can set in. When the Coolant Boost/water mixture changes from pink to clear, another dosage of Coolant Boost should be added. Monitoring the pH level will ensure all vital areas of the cooling system are protected against corrosion.

In applications using Coolant Boost with 50/50 coolant/water mixtures, add Coolant Boost once per year or every 30,000 miles, whichever comes first. Follow coolant manufacturer recommendations for coolant change intervals.

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Amsoil Tow package protection for heavy towing

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AMSOIL Synthetic Automatic Transmission Fluids and Severe Gear® Synthetic

Gear Lubes Provide Maximum Protection for Extreme Operating Conditions

Whether hauling heavy tools and equipment to a job site or towing a boat for a relaxing weekend on the lake,
many vehicles are subjected to extreme operating conditions and hot temperatures in the summer, placing an
increased level of stress on drive train components. New vehicles such as turbo-diesel trucks and vehiclesimage
with V-10 engines boast more horsepower and torque than their predecessors, but differential designs have remained virtually unchanged. Differentials today are subjected to severe-duty service and encounter more stress and heat than was seen only a few years ago. Modern gear oils are faced with the challenge of providing adequate wear protection during severe service operating conditions, while also providing maximum fuel efficiency.

The extreme pressures and temperatures generated by modern vehicles increase stress on gear lubricants and can lead to a serious condition known as thermal runaway. As temperatures in the differential climb upward, gear lubricants lose viscosity and load carrying capacity. When extreme loads break the lubricant film, metal-to-metal contact occurs, increasing friction and heat. This increased friction and heat, in turn, results in further viscosity loss, which further increases friction and heat. As heat continues to spiral upward, viscosity continues to spiral downward. Thermal runaway is a vicious cycle that leads to irreparable equipment damage from extreme wear, and ultimately catastrophic gear and bearing failure.

Many people overstress their vehicles in the summer. It is not uncommon to see vacationing families driving around in overloaded vehicles. The roof rack is filled with equipment, the back seat is filled with bags and the suspension is bottomed out. Some vehicles also pull trailers or fifth-wheels with boats, and some of these vehicles exceed their rated towing limits. As vehicle stress increases, transmission and differential temperatures rise and cause conventional lubricants to thin, resulting in inadequate lubrication that can lead to component failure. In addition, some vehicle manufacturers require the factory-fill differential gear lube to be changed within the first 3,000 miles, or the first 500 miles if towing, a fact not known by many consumers. Because differentials go through a break-in period and are not equipped with filters like transmissions and engines, the gear lube must be changed in order to drain the break-in wear particles. These particles, if left in the differential, mesh between the gears and cause gear or bearing wear.

Recent studies show that most differential wear occurs in the fi rst 5,000 miles. The AMSOIL “Tow Package”
AMSOIL Synthetic Automatic Transmission Fluids (ATF, ATL) and Severe Gear Synthetic Gear Lubes (SVG, SVT, SVO) provide maximum protection in demanding environments such as towing, hauling and commercial use, providingimage increased lubricant film protection and reduced wear at elevated temperatures. They are formulated for extended drain intervals of up to 50,000 miles in severe service and 100,000 miles in normal service, or longer where specified by the vehicle manufacturer.

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Lexington Hyundai Dealership Increases Sales Of Used Cars

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3,000 mile oil changes don’t apply anymore

This press release just came out from Royal Purple, another synthetic. These points are all valid, but of course we would recommend Amsoil. Amsoil has been doing this since 1972, and Royal Purple was founded in 1986. If you want to compare the oils, check our article on motorcycle oil which includes detailed and exhaustive graphs. The points made about extended drain intervals, quality filters, and “oil life monitors” are all good information.

GRANBURY, TX, June 24, 2010 /24-7PressRelease/ — We’ve all heard the saying “Change your oil every 3,000 miles.” Well times have changed, and the old “3,000 mile” adage may or may not apply to your vehicle. The 3000-mile oil change is a conservative approach to maintaining your vehicle that, according to General Motors, dates back to 1968. It’s also an oil change interval that the automotive oil change industry continues to encourage.

Automobile manufacturers cite modern oil and engine technology as the reasons why oil change intervals can be extended. Numerous factors come into play when determining the oil change interval you should follow including: the vehicle you drive and how you drive it, oil and filter selection, and if your vehicle has an oil life monitoring system.

Every manufacturer establishes recommended oil change intervals for each model they produce. Oil change intervals are now 5,000 – 7,500 miles for many new cars. If you’re not sure where your vehicle fits in this range, consult your owner’s manual or ask your oil change professional at your next service appointment.

Understanding the Oil Life Monitoring System
A relatively new technology impacting oil change intervals is the oil life monitor. Many people are unaware that oil life monitor systems are simply computer software algorithms that determine when to change oil based on engine operating conditions. An oil life monitor considers mileage, speed and idling time to calculate when you should change the oil. A better name for the oil life monitor would be “oil life predictor.”

There is no actual oil condition sensor. No chemical analysis of the oil takes. In fact, you could drain the oil and replace it with any fluid and the oil change monitor would have no way of knowing it. Additionally, the oil life monitor does not check how well your oil filter is filtering the oil in your system. Contaminated oil is just as, if not more, harmful than oxidized motor oil. The bottom line is that an oil life monitor is a useful tool that should be used in conjunction with common sense and good judgment. Whether or not you have an oil change monitor, if your car is still under warranty, continue to follow the car manufacturer’s recommended oil change intervals.

Extend Your Oil Changes by Upgrading to Synthetic
If your car is no longer under warranty, you can extend your oil change intervals by upgrading to synthetic motor oil. This will reduce the number of oil changes saving you time and money, and reducing the amount of oil purchased and disposed.

There are a number of quality synthetic motor oils available to choose from. Most lubricant manufacturers will give a recommended number of miles you can drive between oil changes under normal conditions. The number of miles you can allow between oil changes will depend on the way you drive and the oxidation stability (useful oil life) of the motor oil.

Oxidation stability is measured by the ASTM’s rigorous Thin Film Oxidation Uptake Test (TFOUT). The test is so severe that it lasts 1300 minutes. Conventional motor oils typically last less than 300 minutes. Synthetic motor oils typically last less than 500 minutes. One high performance synthetic motor oil, Royal Purple has been shown to outlast the duration of the test. Royal Purple motor oils are recommended to extend oil changes intervals to 12,000 miles under normal driving conditions. It has also been shown to improve fuel economy and performance, while reducing emissions. You can find out more at www.royalpurple.com or ask your oil change professional at any quick change place that carries Royal Purple.

Upgrade Your Oil Filter with Your Upgraded Oil
If you elect to upgrade your motor oil, you should also upgrade your oil filter. Low quality filters are often made with the 3,000 mile interval in mind and may go into ‘bypass’ mode shortly thereafter. There are premium oil filters on the market from manufacturers such as Royal Purple, Wix, Purolator and K&N. Check the recommended filter change interval on any filter your purchase (each filter will be rated for a different mile interval) or ask your oil change professional during your next service.

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