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AMSOIL synthetic motor oils are engineered to out perform conventional and other synthetic motor oils. It combines industry-premier synthetic technology with Amsoil premium additives that exceeds the higher performance demands of modern engines. The culmination of over 40 years of expertise and raises the bar for motor oil performance.
A.J. Amatuzio's Story;
As a jet fighter squadron commander Lieutenant Colonel Albert J. Amatuzio had ample opportunity to witness synthetic lubricants in action. These oils are used exclusively in jet engines because of
three extraordinary performance characteristics: an ability to reduce friction and wear on engine components, an ability to function dependably at severe temperature extremes and an ability to
withstand rigorous and lengthy engine operation without chemical breakdown.
Recognizing that these same benefits would probe invaluable in combustion engines, Al Amatuzio formulated the first synthetic motor oil in the world to meet API service requirements for automobile engines. The new lubricant performed like no other before it. When the first can of AMSOIL 10W-40 appeared on the market in 1972, it signaled the birth of an entire industry. AMSOIL synthetic lubricants have expanded the boundries of lubrication science and redifined the performance possibilities of modern machinery and engines.
AMSOIL INC. was founded on Al Amatuzio's desire for technical innovation, his commitment to high quality and his belief that consumers would respond to a superior product. The company has remained true to these ideals; its history is a checklist of revolutionary products that have withstood the tests of time. As the pioneer corporation in the field of synthetic lubrication, AMSOIL sees its Commitment to Excellence as a historical responsibility, and A.J. Amatuzio's energy and vision continue to drive the company forward.
All You Need to Know About Motor Oil Cold Flow;
Engineers agree that most engine wear occurs during cold starts. While the exact percentage depends on several factors and is difficult to define, the reasons include the following...
While all these factors are important, lack of oil due to poor cold-flow properties is the biggest culprit. Fortunately, there’s something you can do about it.
First, it’s important to define a “cold” start. While true that oil thickens more in sub-zero winter weather and causes increased starting difficulty, an engine is considered “cold” after it’s sat long enough to cool to ambient temperature, typically overnight. Even in warm climates, cold-start wear is a problem.
The oil inside your engine cools as it sits overnight. As it cools, its viscosity increases (it thickens). When it’s time to start your vehicle in the morning, the thicker oil doesn’t flow through the engine as readily as it does when it’s at operating temperature. It’s during this time that vital engine parts can operate without lubrication, increasing wear.
The problem is more pronounced the colder it gets, particularly if you’re using conventional motor oil.
Conventional lubricants contain paraffins, or waxes, that solidify when the temperature drops. These waxes cause the oil to thicken. Conventional oil thickened so much it barely flowed from the beaker. If that oil were inside your engine on a cold morning, it could prevent the crankshaft from spinning fast enough to start the engine, leaving you stranded. Even if the engine started, you wouldn’t be out of the woods. Thick, cold oil can fail to flow through the tiny screen openings on the oil pickup tube, starving the engine of oil for several vital moments before the oil begins to heat up and flow throughout the engine.
In addition, thick oil can fail to flow through the tiny passages in the crankshaft to lubricate the main bearings. Similar oil passages in the camshaft ensure the engine's upper end is lubricated. The further away from the oil pump these oil passages reside, the longer it takes the oil to reach components at startup, placing your engine at increased risk of wear.
Poor lubricant cold-flow properties can also affect variable valve timing (VVT) systems. Engines equipped with VVT have solenoids with tiny openings through which the oil flows and acts as a hydraulic fluid to actuate VVT components. The solenoid pictured above, from a Ford® 3.5L EcoBoost® engine, contains openings .007 inches across – about the thickness of two sheets of paper. Oil that fails to flow through these tiny passages reduces VVT performance and can trigger a check-engine light.
AMSOIL synthetic motor oils provide better cold-flow properties than conventional oils. Their synthetic base oils don’t contain the waxes inherent to conventional oils. As a result, they demonstrate reduced pour points and provide increased fluidity during cold starts. This translates into oil that flows almost immediately through the oil pickup screen and other tiny oil passages when you start your engine, protecting it against wear.
Look at the oil’s pour point to gauge its ability to flow quickly at startup, typically reported on the oil’s data bulletin. Pour point is the coldest point at which an oil will flow. Lower values equal improved cold-flow and maximum wear protection. AMSOIL Signature Series 5/30 Synthetic motor oil, for example, provides a pour point of -50ºF (-58ºC).
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Enthusiasts pride themselves on finding their own solutions to tough problems. When there’s no manual, they roll up their sleeves and make it work. But even the most inventive gearhead inevitably throws down an oily rag and wonders why the process has to be so difficult. Changing gear lube is often one of those frustrating tasks.
Differentials Require Service
A clean, high-quality gear lube helps prevent the howls and whines that can occur from extended periods of metal-to-metal contact. It provides differentials and transmissions with crucial protection – particularly against the rigors of towing and hauling – and it should be changed on a schedule to protect your pickup. Unfortunately, changing this vital fluid doesn’t come without challenges.
Removing the cover on your “pumpkin” and draining the fluid might not be difficult, but installing new fluid requires the ability to push liquid uphill. Unless the pickup is lifted, differentials are packed in high and tight. Reaching fill holes is difficult, and you cannot tip the bottles at an angle that allows the fluid to run into the differential with the help of gravity.
Troublesome Current Solutions
That’s why most gear lube is sold in conical plastic bottles. The idea is that you’ll be able to squeeze the gear lube from the bottle and force it into your diff. Unfortunately, those bottles are rigid and hard to squeeze. You cannot get all of the fluid out of the bottle, so you end up buying more than you truly need to get the job done. Pumps are an improvement, but even those can be leaky or require a third hand to operate without major spillage.
No matter your method (pump or conical bottle), it seems impossible to service differentials without making a big mess.
The AMSOIL Solution
The new AMSOIL easy-pack eliminates all of the old obstacles.
Easily access hard-to-reach fill holes. The packaging is flexible. Just bend it until the nozzle is pointing where you need it to be and insert it into the fill hole.
Easily squeeze out entire contents. Empty the easy-pack into your differential with no waste and no mess.
AMSOIL Severe Gear 75W-90 and 75W-140 100% Synthetic Gear Lube (SVG, SVO) continue to provide the same great performance.
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For all the grin-inducing benefits of owning a European car – finely tuned performance, sophisticated styling, prestige – they can be a pain. According to this list, four of the top five most expensive vehicles to maintain hail from across the pond.
Not only that, but they require specialized oil that differs in many ways from the good ‘ol American motor oil you use in your Ford or Chevy. Here are four reasons why.
The European Union maintains more strict standards for carbon dioxide (CO2) and carbon monoxide (CO) emissions than we do. (Our standards for nitrogen oxides [NOx] and particulate matter [PM] are more strict, however.) Because modern diesels emit lower CO2 than gasoline engines, the European market pivoted toward increased use of diesel-powered vehicles in the 1990s. Diesels also provide the advantage of better fuel economy.
One drawback, however, is the higher levels of NOx and PM diesels produce. To counteract this, diesel-powered European vehicles are equipped with diesel particulate filters (DPF) and catalysts designed to reduce pollutants from the exhaust before it exits the tailpipe.
Here’s where motor oil comes into play.
An oil’s formulation can have a negative effect on sensitive emissions-control devices. Certain components in the motor oil formulation, such as sulfated ash, phosphorus and sulfur (known collectively by the pleasant term SAPS), can reduce the effectiveness and life of DPFs and other emissions devices.
For that reason, motor oils formulated for European vehicles often contain lower SAPS levels to protect emissions-control systems.
#2 Longer oil change intervals
Europeans have long since accepted what’s only recently caught on in North America – longer oil change intervals. Many motorists in the states are just a few years removed from blindly practicing 3,000-mile oil changes. Except, of course, AMSOIL customers who have been practicing extended drain intervals since 1972. But that’s a digression for another day.
Europeans are accustomed to changing oil far less often, with drain intervals of 16,000 km (10,000 miles) or so quite common. One reason is the higher cost of oil in Europe. Another is the differences between manufacturer recommendations. For example, oil changes for 1999-2013 BMWs are required only every 15,000 miles. In the U.S., most people change oil around every 5,000 miles. The figure increases by a few hundred miles if their vehicle is equipped with an electronic oil-life monitoring system.
Longer drain intervals common with European cars require an oil capable of protecting against wear, deposits and sludge for the duration, which requires a more robust oil.
Check the owner’s manual of most European vehicles for which viscosity of oil to use, and you’ll likely find a chart that suggests different viscosities for different operating temperature ranges. In cold weather, the OEM may recommend 5W-30. In warm weather, 5W-40. Traditionally, drivers settle on an 0W-40 or 5W-40 to offer the best of both worlds – good cold-flow at startup to protect against wear and good resistance to heat once operating temperatures are reached.
Staying in your owner’s manual, the OEM also recommends you use an oil that meets a specific performance standard. In the U.S., it’s typically an industry-wide motor oil specification, such as API SN PLUS.
European OEMs are different, however. They typically maintain their own motor oil performance specifications. Drivers of VWs, for example, need to use an oil that meets the requirements of VW’s own performance specs. The same holds for Mercedes, BMW, Porsche and other European cars.
Complicating matters, each OEM motor oil specification is slightly different. One OEM may require oils that offer better performance against oxidation, while another requires better resistance to viscosity loss.
OEM specifications tend to be more strict and require increased motor oil performance than industry specs. This, of course, requires more advanced (and typically expensive) motor oil technology delivered almost exclusively by synthetics.
General Motors, for its part, has taken a page out of the playbook of its European counterparts by maintaining its own GM dexos performance specification.
These differences mean you’d better make sure you’re using the correct oil in your European car. Fortunately, we make it easy for you by formulating a full line of synthetic motor oil for European cars. If you don’t know which your car requires, check out our handy Product Guide on this web site.
OE Synthetic Motor Oil: Peace-of-Mind Protection:
Available in November, the new OE Synthetic Motor Oil formulation provides increased wear protection for today’s advanced automotive technology, including turbochargers and direct injection. It’s specifically formulated for the longer drain intervals recommended by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). OE is favored by mechanics and drivers seeking peace-of-mind protection and exceptional value in synthetic motor oil.
OE Synthetic Motor Oil
(OEZ 0/20, OEM 5/20, OEF 5/30, OET 10/30)
Advanced Wear Protection
OE Synthetic Motor Oil provides excellent wear control and protects vital engine parts like pistons and cams. This added protection is particularly important
given the extreme environments produced by many of today’s smaller displacement engines that typically run lower-viscosity motor oil. Camshaft wear can alter valve timing, greatly reducing engine efficiency. The Peugeot* TU3M Wear Test, which must be passed to meet the GM* dexos1® Gen 2 specification, determines a motor oil’s ability to limit wear. For 100 hours the four-cylinder test engine is subjected to extreme, wear-inducing conditions. AMSOIL OE Motor Oil provided 47 percent more wear protection than required by the GM dexos1 Gen 2 specification.2
Protects Pistons from Low-Speed Pre-Ignition
Like Signature Series and XL, OE features an advanced detergent system for advanced protection. Most new engines feature gasoline direct injection (GDI), often combined with a turbocharger to boost power and improve fuel economy. These new technologies pose significant challenges to motor oil, one of which is low-speed pre-ignition (LSPI). LSPI is the spontaneous ignition of the fuel/air mixture prior to spark-triggered ignition. It occurs in today’s advanced engines and is much more destructive than typical pre-ignition. OEMs like GM have addressed the issue by designing tests to determine a motor oil’s ability to prevent LSPI. OE Synthetic Motor Oil provided 100 percent protection against LSPI1– zero occurrences were recorded in five consecutive tests.
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Lube Specialist Praises AMSOIL Motorcycle Oil
You’ll notice by my signature below that I am an employee of Chevron Global Lubricants. I am a training specialist and field engineer for our North American lubricants division. I originally worked for Amoco at the R&D facility before moving into marketing, and while in that role, Chevron bought our lubricants business right after I moved to Florida.
All in all, I have more than 34 years of experience in fuels and lubricants testing, development and tech service support.
I own three motorcycles that I either drive on the street or race. What I wanted to share with you today is my experience with my drag bike.
It is a Yamaha Roadstar Warrior. Originally built as a power cruiser, but now it is stretched, slammed and built to run on E-85 fuel and nitrous oxide. I have taken this bike from a fun street cruiser to a beast that wants to jump out from under me every time I snap the throttle.
The engine is putting out more than three times the horsepower it was originally built with, and with the highly oxygenated fuel, nitrous, and severe use, I have been battling cylinder and piston ring distress for a couple of years. Essentially, whenever I did a teardown, there was evidence of streaking of the Nikasil-lined aluminum cylinder, essentially a scuffing situation that is aggravated by the high cylinder pressures and fuel dilution.
Since Chevron does not make motorcycle oils, I have had to try many of the “other” different motor oils, all synthetic. To make a long story short, I should have read your white paper on motorcycle oil testing. It would have saved me at least three premature teardowns.
Bottom line — the AMSOIL Synthetic Motorcycle 20W-50 has completely solved my problems. I have been running it for over a year now, and compression and leakdown have stayed at the exact level as when the engine was freshly rebuilt. This weekend, I tore down the top end to try a new piston ring combination, and the cylinders had absolutely NO sign of streaking or other wear-related distress.
Also, all other clearances, including valve lash and valve guide and bearing have stayed the same. This is truly remarkable.
In my training endeavors, I run into a lot of end users who are high performance junkies just like me. I have no problem sharing my experience with the AMSOIL products.
Thank you so much for the great product.
Chevron Global Lubricants
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Reformulated XL Motor Oil: Stronger for Longer
In essence, XL protects better for longer, yet costs the same as before. It’s the perfect choice for enthusiasts who want to do something extra for their vehicle.
All this to show that XL Synthetic Motor Oil is our “better” option. Some motorists might feel that AMSOIL Signature Series (our “best”) is more oil than their car needs. Alternatively, they might think their baby deserves more than merely our “good” motor oil – OE Synthetic Motor Oil. However, the categorization is somewhat misleading since our “good” option is better than some motor oil companies’ “better” options, and just as good as their “best”.
XL Synthetic Motor Oil is perfect for them. And now, it’s even better.
XL now lasts longer than before. You can extend drain intervals to 12,000 miles/one year, or longer if recommended in your vehicle owner’s manual, if you want.
Would you like to place an order or have questions about the products we carry? Simply give us a call on 217-737-3560 or use our contact us tab. Our friendly and professional team will make sure that you get the proper answers that you seek.
Diesel Motor oils for any diesel application can be found here for Autos,Trucks, Semi's, boats, Stand-by generators and any other diesel. Is also great for Industry or Farm use.
Gasoline Motor Oils- Amsoil Synthetic motor oils are engineered to outperform conventional and other synthetic motor oils. It combines industry - premier synthetic technology with Amsoil premium additives that exceeds the higher demands of modern engines. The culmination of over 40 years of expertise and raises the bar for motor oil performance.
Dominator Racing Oils- Provides Superior Performance and maximium protection in high- performance and racing applications. Dominator is engineered from advanced synthetic technology to better withstand the higher RPMs, high temperatures and shock loading common to racing applications.
For Racing Fans - Keep up to date with Amsoil Racing and those who use Amsoil products in their race vehicles.
MOTORCYCLE OILS- Advanced formula for both domestic and foreign motorcycles. Excellent in air-cooled motorcycle engines due to high heat resistance. Premium oil designed for those who demand the absolute best lubrication for their motorcycles. Formulated to excel in all areas unique to motorcycles, including high engine RPM and is wet- clutch compatable.
FORMULA 4- STROKE OILS- These oils are formulated for ATV's, marine, small engines and scooters. Also have Briggs and Stratton 4T Racing oil. All formulated with the best synthetic Technology.
2-Stroke Oils- Two cycle oils for injected systems and Pre-mix. High performance Marine 2- stoke, great for Evinrude E-Tec factory- lean settings. Interceptor synthetic 2-cycle oil specialized for todays high- performance oils with emphasis on exhaust power valves. Dominator synthetic 2- cycle Racing oil; plus several other premium 2- stroke oils.
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Warm-up Your Vehicle Faster in Cold
AMSOIL DOMINATOR® Coolant Boost is designed to reduce corrosion and significantly enhance heat transfer in cooling systems. One of the overlooked benefits of better heat transfer is much quicker engine warm-up in winter conditions, which is noticed when the vehicle’s defroster works much sooner. Click on picture to order product.