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September 1, 2011

AMSOIL Synthetic Chain Case & Gear Oil

SAE 10W-40 Synthetic Motorcycle Oil (MCF)

Synthetic Chain Case Oil (TCC)Long-Lasting Performance for ATVs and Snowmobiles

AMSOIL Synthetic Chaincase & Gear Oil provides superior protection and performance for enclosed chains and gears found in snowmobiles, ATVs and general equipment. Formulated with extreme-pressure additives, it helps extend chain and gear life through increased wear protection. AMSOIL Synthetic Chaincase & Gear Oil repels water, while also inhibiting rust, oxidation and foam. Its low pour point ensures superior low-temperature starting, reducing drag to deliver maximum power.

 
Designed Specifically for Chaincases & Gearcases
To reduce initial costs, some enthusiasts use automatic transmission fluid or gear lube in their snowmobile and ATV chaincases and gearcases. Neither fluid, however, is engineered for these applications. Automatic transmission fluid is a hydraulic fluid formulated without the extreme-pressure additives needed to provide enhanced wear protection, leaving gears and chains vulnerable to premature failure. Automotive gear lube is designed to lubricate hypoid gears and is too thick for proper chain and gear lubrication in powersports applications, impairing circulation and leading to wear and decreased energy efficiency.AMSOIL Synthetic Chaincase & Gear Oil is specifically engineered to meet the demands of enclosed chaincases and gearcases, providing extreme-pressure protection and low-temperature fluidity for superior performance and protection.

Long-Lasting Protection
AMSOIL Synthetic Chaincase & Gear Oil is a 100 percent synthetic formulation that resists shear and chemical breakdown better than conventional fluids. Its superior base oils and additives provide long-lasting protection.

Extendable Spout for Easy Application
Chaincase and gearcase fill holes can be difficult to access, especially on snowmobiles. each bottle of AMSOIL Synthetic Chaincase & gear Oil comes packaged with an extendable spout to provide easy, clean application. Prior to use, fully extend the spout, thread onto bottle and remove stopper.

  • Extreme-pressure additives promote long chain and gear life
  • Inhibits rust and oxidation
  • Low-temperature fluidity ensures maximum energy efficiency
  • Lasts longer than conventional oils
  • Recommended for Arctic Cat® Diamond Drive gearcases
AMSOIL Synthetic Chaincase & Gear Oil is recommended as a replacement for the following ATV and snowmobile original equipment manufacturer (OEM) fluids:
Arctic Cat  
Chain Lube
#0636-029
#4639-363
Transmission Lube
#0636-817
#1639-247
#4639-364
Synthetic ACT Gearcase Fluid
#4639-025
#4639-361
#4639-362
Bombardier / Ski-Doo / Can-Am  
BRP recommends XPS Synthetic Chaincase Oil (part # 413803300) in its snowmobile chaincases and ATV gearboxes. Although AMSOIL has traditionally recommended AMSOIL Synthetic Chaincase Oil (TCC) for these applications, that recommendation has expanded to include AMSOIL Severe Gear Synthetic 75W-140 (SVO) as an option for those who desire a product with properties more closely aligned with XPS Chaincase Oil. Going forward, both AMSOIL Synthetic Chaincase Oil and Sever Gear 75W-140 are acceptable for use in Skidoo Chaincases and Can-Am 4 Wheeler gearboxes.
XP-S Mineral Chaincase Oil
#413801900
XP-S Synthetic Chaincase Oil
#413803300
Polaris  
Synthetic Gearcase Lube
#2871280
#2871478
SCL Chaincase Lubricant
#2872951
#2872952
#2873105
#2873106
AGL ATV Gearcase Lubricant
#2873602
#2873603
#2873604
Yamaha  
Snowmobile Chaincase Lube
#ACC-CHNCS-LU-BE

SERVICE LIFE
Recommended for the drain intervals established by the OEM.

COMPATIBILITY
AMSOIL Synthetic Chaincase & Gear Oil is compatible with conventional and synthetic chaincase oils. Mixing AMSOIL Synthetic Chaincase & Gear Oil with other oils, however, will reduce its performance benefits.

HEALTH & SAFETY
This product is not expected to cause health concerns when used for the intended application and according to the recommendations in the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). MSDS’s are available upon request at 715-392- 7101 or on the AMSOIL Website. Keep Out of Reach of Children. Don’t pollute. Return used oil to collection centers.

For more information go to www.amsoil.com and www.The1stSyntheticoil.com to see pricing and additional information.  Should you desire to purchase products you can call 1-800-777-7094 and give the operator ZO 9792 as the person you informed you about this product.  Questions email allprocars@knology.net

 

August 30, 2011

AMSOIL’S NEW Z-ROD OILS ARE THE CAT’S MEOW FOR CLASSIC VEHICLES

ASM 0W-20 Synthetic
AMSOIL Z-ROD 10W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil (ZRT)  Available as 10W-30 and 20W-50 Oils

Modern Technology For Classic Cars

 

AMSOIL Z-ROD™ Synthetic Motor Oil is specially engineered for classic and high-performance vehicles. It features a high-zinc formulation to prevent wear on flat-tappet camshafts and other critical engine components, along with a proprietary blend of rust and corrosion inhibitors for added protection during long-term storage. Z-ROD Synthetic Motor Oil is designed to perform on the street and protect during storage.

AMSOIL, the leader in automotive synthetic lubrication, produced the world’s first API-qualified synthetic motor oil in 1972. Trust the extensive experience of AMSOIL, the First in Synthetics®, to do the best job protecting your engine.

Protects Flat-Tappet Cams
The lifters and cam lobes on flat-tappet camshafts common to classic and high performance vehicles slide rapidly against one another, producing high friction and heat. The friction between the two components can eventually wear down the cam and affect valve operation, ultimately resulting in lost engine power and reduced efficiency. In addition, these areas are splash-lubricated rather than pressure lubricated like other areas of the engine, which adds extra strain on anti-wear additives like the zinc and phosphorus in zinc dialkyldithiophosphate (ZDDP).

AMSOIL Z-ROD Synthetic Motor Oil is formulated with high levels of ZDDP to protect flat-tappet cams, lifters, rockers and other areas susceptible to wear. Its high-zinc, high-phosphorus formulation provides the extra wear protection these critical splash-lubricated components require.

Provides Long-Term Protection from Rust & Corrosion
AMSOIL Z-ROD Synthetic Motor Oil is formulated with a unique blend of rust and corrosion inhibitors to ensure maximum protection during long-term storage. To prove its effectiveness, AMSOIL submitted Z-ROD Synthetic Motor Oil to the Standard Test Method for Rust Protection in the Humidity Cabinet (ASTM D-1748). This test evaluates the rust-preventative properties of oil under high-humidity conditions, similar to those faced by a covered hot rod in a damp garage. The metal coupon treated with AMSOIL Z-ROD Synthetic Motor Oil showed no signs of oxidation after 192 hours, while the coupon treated with a leading competitor’s product failed the test after 24 hours.

APPLICATIONS
AMSOIL Z-ROD Synthetic Motor Oil is recommended for older or modified engines requiring either 10W-30 or 20W-50 motor oil. Z-ROD Synthetic Motor Oil meets API SL and earlier specifications, allowing for increased levels of anti-wear additives. ZDDP levels in Z-ROD Synthetic Motor Oil exceed the limits of API SM and newer specifications.

COMPATIBILITY
AMSOIL Z-ROD Synthetic Motor Oils are compatible with conventional and other synthetic motor oils. Mixing AMSOIL Z-ROD Synthetic Motor Oils with other oils, however, will shorten the oil’s life expectancy and reduce the performance benefits. Aftermarket oil additives are not recommended for use with AMSOIL Z-ROD Synthetic Motor Oils.

SERVICE LIFE
Because engines in classic cars, hot rods and other performance vehicles are generally modified, a universal oil drain interval recommendation for these applications cannot be given. Responsibility for determining the drain interval duration rests with the owner. As a general service guideline, the maximum drain interval for Z-ROD Synthetic Motor Oil should not exceed 5,000 miles or one year, whichever comes first. In heavily modified engines (e.g. forced induction, nitrous) the maximum drain interval should not exceed 3,000 miles or one year, whichever comes first.

HEALTH & SAFETY
This product is not expected to cause health concerns when used for the intended application and according to the recommendations in the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). An MSDS is available via the Internet at http://www.amsoil.com or upon request at (715) 392-7101. Keep Out of Reach of Children. Don’t pollute. Return used oil to collection centers.

For warranty information, visit www.amsoil.com/warranty.aspx.

 

TYPICAL TECHNICAL PROPERTIES
AMSOIL Z-ROD 10W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil (ZRT)
Viscosity @ 100°C, cSt (ASTM D-445)
11.8
Viscosity @ 40°C, cSt (ASTM D-445)
72.5
Viscosity Index (ASTM D-2270)
157
Flash Point °C (°F) (COC) (ASTM D-92)
234 (453)
Fire Point °C (°F) (COC) (ASTM D-92)
248 (478)
Pour Point °C (°F) (ASTM D-97)
-45 (-49)
NOACK Volatility, % weight loss (g/100g) (ASTM D-5800)
5.2%
High Temperature/High Shear Viscosity
@ 150°C, 1.0 X 106 s.-1), cP (ASTM D5481)
3.6
Four-Ball Wear @ 40 kgf, 75ºC,
1200 rpm, 1 hr, scar diameter, mm (ASTM D-4172)
0.36
Total Base Number (ASTM D-2896)
9.0

 

For further information, go to www.The1stSyntheticoil.com.  Should you desire to order these products call 1-800-777-7094 and give the operator ZO 9792 as your contact.

June 22, 2011

AMSOIL SYNTHETIC GEAR LUBE OUTPERFORMS VALVOLINE GEAR LUBE

Overview

AMSOIL submitted its 75W-90 Synthetic Gear Lube (FGR) and Valvoline 75W-90 Gear Lube to an independent laboratory for quality comparison tests. The gear lubes were tested according to ASTM testing procedures in several critical performance areas, including oxidation resistance, viscosity retention and cold temperature fluidity. Oxidation resistance was measured using the L-60-1 Thermal Oxidation Stability Test, viscosity retention was measured using the KRL Shear Stability Test and cold temperature fluidity was measured using the Brookfield Viscosity Test. Additional load carrying, wear, extreme pressure and scoring protection tests were performed exclusively on AMSOIL 75W-90 Synthetic Gear Lube using the L-37 High Torque Axle Test and the L-42 High Speed Axle Test.

L-60-1 Thermal Oxidation Stability Test

-Test Conditions

The L-60-1 Thermal Oxidation Stability Test measures a lubricant’s rate of deterioration under severe oxidation conditions. A measured sample of test lubricant is placed in a special gear case with two spur gears and a copper catalyst strip. The gears are driven at 1,725 rpm at 163°C for a 50-hour duration, while air is bubbled through the sample.

Viscosity increase, deposits not soluble in pentane or toluene, carbon varnish and sludge deposits are measured upon test completion. Test specifications are listed below.

L-60-1 Thermal Oxidation Stability Test Specifications

  API GL-5 API MT-1/SAE J-2360/MIL-PRF-2105E/Mack GO-J Mack GO-J+
Test Conditions 50 hours @ 163°C 50 hours @ 163°C 100 hours @ 163°C
% Viscosity Rise 100 Max 100 Max 100 Max
% Pentane Insolubles 3 Max 3 Max 3 Max
% Toluene Insolubles 2 Max 2 Max 2 Max
Carbon Varnish Rating Not Required 7.5 Min 7.5 Min
Sludge Rating Not Required 9.4 Min 9.4 Min

L-60-1 Thermal Oxidation Stability Test Results

  AMSOIL Synthetic 75W-90 Valvoline 75W-90 Valvoline 75W-90
Test Conditions 100 hours @ 163°C 50 hours @ 163°C 100 hours @ 163°C
% Viscosity Rise 25.17 17.50 38.50
% Pentane Insolubles 0.20 0.87 1.17
% Toluene Insolubles 0.13 1.11 0.99
Carbon Varnish Rating 8.0 7.2 5.9
Sludge Rating 9.5 9.4 9.4

-Test Results

Because AMSOIL 75W-90 Synthetic Gear Lube is a premium lubricant designed for extended drain service, the test was allowed to continue for 100 straight hours, double the standard test length. The Valvoline 75W-90 was run at both the standard 50-hour test length and the double 100-hour test length. Test results indicate AMSOIL 75W-90 Synthetic Gear Lube outperformed Valvoline at both test lengths.

Even at double the standard test length, AMSOIL 75W-90 scored almost four times better than industry test specifications in the area of viscosity increase, while also greatly exceeding specifications in all areas of the test.

KRL Shear Stability Test

-Test Conditions

It is essential that high-quality gear lubes resist shear to ensure adequate oil film thickness and protection against friction and wear. The KRL Shear Stability Test is used to determine the mechanical shear stability of lubricants containing polymer. Mandatory under the SAE J-306 gear oil standard, the KRL Shear Stability Test makes use of a taper roller bearing in order to shear the test fluid and determine the permanent drop in viscosity caused by the mechanical stress under practical conditions. Under the specifications of SAE J- 306, the measured viscosity at 100°C (212°F) of an SAE 90 gear oil must exceed 13.5 cSt after 20 hours of testing.

-Test Results

AMSOIL 75W-90 Synthetic Gear Lube easily exceeded SAE J-306 specifications following the 20-hour test length and was allowed to continue for a total of 192 straight hours, almost 10 times longer than the standard test length. Even after this extended test, AMSOIL 75W-90 lost only 0.40 percent of its original viscosity, making it 99.6 percent shear stable.

Valvoline 75W-90 Gear Lube, on the other hand, failed the test during the initial 20-hour testing period, losing 14 percent of its original viscosity.

Bookfield Viscosity Test

-Test Conditions

The Brookfield Viscosity Test (ASTM 0-2983) is used to determine the internal fluid-friction of a lubricant during cold temperature operation. The lubricant sample is chilled in a -40°C (-40° F) air bath for 16 hours, and a Brookfield viscometer determines the torque required to shear the lubricant. The lower the cold temperature viscosity (measured in centipoise), the better the cold temperature protection. ASTM specifications dictate that 75W-90 gear oils measure less than 150,000 cP at test completion.

-Test Results

AMSOIL 75W-90 Synthetic Gear Lube easily passed the Brookfield Viscosity Test, measuring 88,000 cP at test completion, 42 percent less than test limits. The superior cold temperature properties of AMSOIL 75W-90 Synthetic Gear Lube ensure quicker oil flow, enhanced component protection and improved fuel efficiency.

Many conventional lubricants fail to pass the Brookfield Viscosity Test due to the paraffinic (wax) content in their base oils. Valvoline Gear Lube passed the test at 130,000 cP, only 13 percent lower than test limits.

1-37 High Torque Axle Test

-Test Conditions

The L-37 High Torque Axle Test is used to evaluate a gear lubricant’s load-carrying, wear and extreme pressure characteristics in hypoid gears operating under both high-speed/low-torque and low-speed/high-torque conditions. A Dana Model 60 hypoid gear axle is used with either coated or uncoated drive gear and pinion to drive two dynamometers from an eight-cylinder, 5.7-liter gasoline engine. With the axle filled with the test lubricant, the high-speed/low-torque test is performed for 100 minutes, with the gears visually assessed afterwards. Next, the low-speed/high-torque test is run for 24 hours, followed by a thorough inspection of the gears. Performance relative to API GL-5 and MIL-PRF-2105E specifications is assessed based on tooth surface rippling, ridging, pitting and wear, deposits and discoloration.

-Test Results

Testing on AMSOIL 75W-90 Synthetic Gear Oil was conducted using uncoated gear and pinion. The AMSOIL lubricant passed on all counts and showed little to no rippling, ridging, pitting or deposits, indicating that AMSOIL 75W-90 provides superior protection and performance under extreme pressure conditions.

L-42 High Speed Axle Test

-Test Conditions

The L-42 High Speed Axle Test evaluates the antiscoring characteristics of a gear lubricant operating under high-speed and shock-loading conditions. A Spicer Model 44-1 hypoid gear axle is driven by a 5.7 liter, V8 gasoline engine with a four-speed truck transmission and two high-inertia dynamometers and hard accelerated to 100 mph. The axle is periodically shock-loaded through a dynamometer to simulate high shock-loading conditions. The axle is accelerated through the gears to 1,050 r/min and decelerated to 530 r/min. This cycle is repeated five times, followed by 10 shock loadings. In order to meet API GL-5 and MIL-PRF-2105E gear oil specifications, scoring must be equal to or better than gears tested with a reference oil.

-Test Results

AMSOIL 75W-90 Synthetic Gear Oil easily passed the L-42 High Speed Axle Test, receiving a significantly better rating than the reference oil and leaving little to no scoring on the ring and pinion.

For further information about AMSOIL Products go to www.The1stSyntheticoil.com.  Should you desire to purchase at cost or become an AMSOIL Dealer contact an AMSOIL Operator at 1-800-777-7094 and give them ZO 9792 as the reference when ordering products.

 

NOACK VOLATILITY TESTS ARE CRITICAL MEASUREMENTS OF MOTOR OIL QUALITY

Product Tested: 10W-30 Motor Oil (ATM)

Overview

AMSOIL was the first motor oil company in North America to use the NOACK volatility test to measure motor oil quality and performance. Although competing motor oil companies initially paid no attention to NOACK results, the test has since become a critical measurement tool throughout the industry.

Originally developed and used in Europe, the NOACK volatility test determines how much weight an oil loses through volatilization. The more a motor oil vaporizes, the thicker and heavier it becomes, contributing to poor circulation, reduced fuel economy and increased oil consumption, wear and emissions. During the test, the subject oil is heated to 150°C for a specified period, causing the lighter oil molecules to boil off. The results are reported in the percentage, by weight, of the oil that evaporates. The lower the number, the better the oil resists volatilization.

Testing

Because they are made from impure, irregular molecules, conventional motor oils are more susceptible to the effects of heat.  The small, light molecules in conventional oil tend to evaporate (volatilize) as the oil is heated, leaving large, heavy molecules behind and leading to oil consumption and an increase in the oil’s viscosity.  If those large, heavy molecules are chemically unstable, they may also break down and form deposits on component surfaces, further inhibiting the release of heat into the oil stream.

Because their formulations minimize the quantity of impure, irregular molecules, synthetic motor oils are generally more resistant to volatilization, allowing them to perform better than conventional oils in the NOACK volatility test. However, due to varying qualities of base stocks and additives, not all synthetic motor oils perform the same in the NOACK test.

Modern engine designs generate more heat than ever, accentuating the importance of the NOACK volatility test for determining an oil’s ability to provide an adequate level of protection and performance. More horsepower, turbo chargers and aerodynamic styling have created extremely hot environments that receive less cooling from outside air, and high heat leads to oil oxidation, deposits and thickening in conventional oils.

Because AMSOIL synthetic lubricants contain only uniform molecules, they are much more resistant to thermal and oxidative breakdown. AMSOIL synthetic motor oils help keep components free of damaging varnish, deposits and sludge.

To qualify for the current API SM motor oil specification, gasoline motor oils cannot experience a weight loss of more than 15 percent in the NOACK test. AMSOIL synthetic motor oils were exceeding modern requirements over 20 years ago, while many current motor oils still have a hard time meeting this minimal requirement, increasing wear, fuel consumption and emissions.

As seen in the graph, AMSOIL 10W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil (ATM) easily falls below the maximum 15 percent volatilization rate dictated by the API SM motor oil specification.

For further information about AMSOIL Products go to www.The1stSyntheticoil.com.  Should you desire to purchase at cost or become an AMSOIL Dealer contact an AMSOIL Operator at 1-800-777-7094 and give them ZO 9792 as the reference when ordering products.

 

March 31, 2011

AMSOIL EXPANDS SIGNATURE SERIES LINE OF OILS

AMSOIL 0W-20 (ASM), 5W-30 (ASL) and 10W-30 (ATM) Synthetic Motor Oils join AMSOIL Signature Series 0W-30 to round out the new Signature Series line. Signature Series 0W-30 is now identified by product code AZO. Product code SSO is discontinued and still available while supplies last.

In addition to being reformulated to meet the latest API SN Resource Conserving and ILSAC GF-5 industry specifications, the new Signature Series line features all-new packaging and represents the very best motor oils AMSOIL has to offer, allowing motorists to take advantage of maximum extended drain intervals. In the interest of consistency and clarity within the Signature Series line, all four motor oils are recommended for drain intervals of up to 25,000 miles/one year, whichever comes first (15,000 miles/one year in severe service conditions).

With the recent introduction of OE Synthetic Motor Oil and the recent reformulation of XL Synthetic Motor Oil, Signature Series Synthetic Motor Oil provides customers a choice between three distinct lines of high-quality synthetic motor oil. OE is an outstanding choice for installers and as an entry-level product for customers who want the benefits of a synthetic, but won’t pay a significantly higher price or aren’t yet ready to extend their drain intervals; XL is ideal for installers and customers interested in extra engine protection and the convenience of 10,000-mile/six-month drain intervals and Signature Series is targeted toward customers who want the absolute best protection and performance, while taking advantage of 25,000-mile/one-year drain intervals.

The new Signature Series line is replacing the previous formulations of the AMSOIL top-tier oils as inventories dictate; orders will be filled with the older formulations and packaging until inventory is depleted, which may occur at varying times for each viscosity. The new Signature Series 0W-30 (AZO) sells at a lower price than the previous Signature Series 0W-30 formulation (SSO). The former Signature Series 0W-30 formulation (SSO) is available while supplies last.

For further information go to www.The1stSyntheticoil.com or www.lubedealer.com/southeasternlubricants. Should you call AMSOIL at 1-800-777-7094 to order products tell the operator you are calling in reference to ZO 9792.

February 28, 2011

NOTHING OUTPERFORMS Mobil 1? WRONG- AMSOIL DOES! TEST RESULTS BELOW:

The following information was taken from test results performed between AMSOIL and Mobil 1.  These results have been continuously updated and for the latest comparisons check out the test results at the following addy:  https://www.amsoil.com/lit/g1971.pdf.  What is intersting is that these other companies talk about their products being excellent, great, superior etc but where are the TEST RESULTS.  The AMSOIL company DOES NOT hide any results.  Go into any parts store, Wal-Mart, K-Mart or other places that sell automotive producst and ask to see a Product Data Sheet on a particular oil, gear oil. transmission fluid, grease etc.  You will not get such a thing and further more the person behind the counter will not have any idea what you are talking about.  Ask about Flash Point, ask about Fire Point, ask About Pour Point and see the idiot stare you will get back from the person you are talking with.  AMSOIL produces that information and they put it IN PRINT.

Further other companies try to sell you their product and tell you it is a 7,500 or 15,000 mile service life oil.  DO THEY TELL YOU THE OIL FILTERS THEY SELL WILL NOT SUPPORT THE MILEAGE CLAIM they are selling the oil for. NO they do not tell you because they are interested in selling you the oil and the rest is left up to you the uninformed customer.  NO Paper or pleated paper filter will perform for those extended mileage intervals.

Another point to remember is IF you are changing oil every 3,000 or 5,000 or 7,500 miles, everytime you change oil, that means another Oil Filter is sold and the old one goes into our land fills. 

The two most imporant tests performed on oils are called the NOACK Volitility Test and the Four-Ball Wear Test.   Check out the test results and see where the oil you are using stands compared to AMSOIL.

AMSOIL – “Our Company makes the Best Synthetic Lubricants in the world, period, and challenges anyone or any company to prove us wrong!  That won’t happen because our competitors know it’s true.”
Here’s a special excerpt from A.J. Amaturio, Presiden t of AMSOIL, as written in the monthly AMSOIL Action News regarding AMSOIL and Mobil 1: Test results below.
“As most of you are aware. Mobil 1 was introduced after AMSOIL had paved the way for synthetic motor oils back in the ’70’s. When it was introduced it cased great concern among many of our Dealers. But in my Presidents Message at the time, I assured everyone that having Mobil 1 on the market would only help us sell more oil. Mobil confirmed everything we had been saying about synthetic oils, and our products and claims instantly became more credible.
Since then, we have always been compared to Mobil 1. When people think of synthetic motor oil, they think of Amsoil and Mobil 1, not the other Johnny-come-lately’s that have come on the market more recently. I have always said that Mobil 1 is a good motor oil, because compared to the run-of-the-mill motor oils on the market, it is. I have also always said that AMSOIL motor oil is better, again, because it is. Mobil makes their oils to run at normal drain intervals while we make ours for extended drain intervals, and therein lies the difference.& nbsp; Their oils don’t have to be as good as ours, so they are not.
To prove that point, we ran a number of comparative tests on our 5W-30 and Mobil 1 SuperSyn 5W-30. The test results were published and they confirm what I have been saying all along. AMSOIL makes a better motor oil. These test results show significant differences between the oils. Look at the results of the NOACK Volatility Test. Which synthetic oil is going to last longer in service? Look at the difference in Total Base Numbers. Again, which oil is going to provide the longest lasting protection? Look at the Four Ball Wear Test. Which oil will protect against engine wear better? In every category we tested, Amsoil proved superior. Lower pour point, higher flash and fire points, AMSOIL tested best. So when I hear claims that nothing outperforms Mobil 1, I have to say “wrong!”. They may have good slogans and marketing hype, but when it comes to superior performance, I say nothing beats AMSOIL!”  A. J. Amatuzio, CEO AMSOIL President

AMSOIL INC. set out to examine the specifics of the overly broad Nothing Outperforms…Mobil claim. AMSOIL 5W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil (ASL) and Mobil 1 SuperSyn 5W-30 Motor Oil were analyzed in five key bench tests measuring motor oil performance: NOACK volatility, flash/fire point, pour point, four ball wear and total base number (TBN). As shown in the charts below, AMSOIL outperformed Mobil 1 in all five areas.

NOACK Volatility
The NOACK Volatility Test determines the evaporation loss of lubricants in high-temperature service. The more motor oils vaporize, the thicker and heavier they become, contributing to poor circulation, reduced fuel economy, increased oil consumption and excessive wear and emissions. A maximum of 15 percent evaporation loss is allowable to meet the API SL and ILSAC GF-3 specifications. As shown in the graph, AMSOIL 5W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil lost an extremely low 4.9 percent of its original weight during high-temperature service, m aintaining its superior protective and performance qualities,while Mobil 1 SuperSyn 5W-30 Motor Oil lost 9.17 percent of its original weight.

Four Ball Wear
The Four Ball Wear Test determines the wear protection properties of a lubricant by measuring the wear scars produced by four metal balls in sliding contact under the test parameters. The smaller the average wear scar, the better the wear protection provided by the lubricant. As shown in the graph, AMSOIL 5W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil completed the Four Ball Wear Test producing a smaller wear scar than the Mobil 1 SuperSyn 5W-30 Motor Oil.

Flash/Fire Point
The Flash/Fire Point Test determines the lowest temperatures at which application of a flame will cause lubricant vapors to ignite (flash point) and sustain burning for five seconds (fire point). Lubricants with higher flash and fire points exhibit more stable volatility characteristics and are safer to use and transport. As shown in the graph, AMSOIL 5W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil has higher flash and fire points than does Mobil 1 SuperSyn 5W-30 Motor Oil.

Pour Point
The Pour Point Test determines the lowest temperature at which a lubricant flows.The lower a lubricants pour point,the better protection it provides in low-temperature service. As shown in the graph, AMSOIL 5W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil has a lower pour point than Mobil 1 SuperSyn 5W-30 Motor Oil.

Total Base Number
Total Base Number (TBN) is the measurement of a lubricants reserve alkalinity. The higher a motor oils TBN, the more effective it is in handling contaminants and reducing the corrosive effects of acids for an extended period of time. As shown in the graph, AMSOIL 5W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil has a higher TBN than Mobil 1 SuperSyn 5W-30 Motor Oil.
Mobil will not recommend or guarantee 25,000 mile/1-year drain intervals like AMSOIL 5W-30, 10W-30 or 10W-40 or 35,000 mile/1-year drain intervals like AMSOIL 0W-30 Severe Service Synthetic does and that is a fact. No-where on the Mobil bottle does it state 25,000 miles/1-year or 35,000 miles/1-year.
Mobil 1 has run the tag line for their advertising stating “nothing outperforms Mobil 1”. Mobil makes a good oil, but I’m here to tell you that it does not outperform Amsoil Synthetic Oils. They can come out with all the catchy advertising buzz words to market their oils, but in the final analysis, buzz words don’t add one thing to their product’s performance. The only reason Amsoil has continued to grow and prosper competing with large corporations like Mobil is that AMSOIL products have consistently performed better.

Again the Proof is in the Pudding.  Check things out for yourself.  To order call, 1-800-777-7094 and use ZO 9792 when talking with an AMSOIL operator.  You can check things our further by going to www.The1stSyntheticoil.com or www.lubedealer.com/southeasternlubricants

December 28, 2010

SOME LUBES PERFORM BETTER THAN OTHERS: It’s All In The Mix

Lubes and Additives: It’s All in the Mix

by Ed Newman
AMSOIL Director of Advertising
This article appeared in National Oil & Lube News, December 2010

When I order a fancy cake from the bakery, I usually don’t think too much about what the cake is made of. My only real concern is that the person I’m getting that cake for appreciates it. The function of the cake is usually to be tasty, though on some occasions it’s only real functions are to be edible and look nice.

So it is with motor oil. Not the edible part or looking nice. What I mean is that most people really don’t give a second’s thought to what the ingredients are in motor oil. They just want it to be doing what it’s supposed to do, and few motorists really know for sure what even that is. But since we’re in the oil industry, it’s probably worth knowing something about, just in case you do have customers who want to know.

As most of us are aware, engines and their lubricants have become increasingly sophisticated since the days of your grandfather’s Oldsmobile.  In the early days of automotive lubrication, motor oil was just plain base oil. When wax modifier was added to the base oil in the 1930s to address the problems created by wax residue, the motor oil additive market was born. Today, motor oils contain a wide variety of additives designed to improve their protection and performance capabilities.  Motor oil additives serve three essential functions: protecting metal surfaces, expanding the lubricant’s application range and extending the lubricant’s life.
 
Surface Protection Additives
Surface protection additives effectively address issues related to metal surfaces:

  • Anti-wear agents protect against friction, wear, scoring and seizure.
  • Corrosion and rust inhibitors protect internal metal parts against corrosion and rust.
  • Detergents keep surfaces free of deposits.
  • Dispersants prevent insoluble contaminants from agglomerating by keeping them dispersed in the lubricant.  (I really like that word agglomerating. Even as you say it you can picture globs of material agglomerating.)
  • Friction modifiers alter the oil’s coefficient of friction.

Performance Additives
A second group of additives works to improve how the lubricant performs.

  • Pour point depressants (used in petroleum lubricants) modify wax crystal formation and enable oils to flow at lower temperatures.
  • Seal swell agents help swell elastomeric seals by causing a chemical reaction in the elastomer.
  • Viscosity modifiers help reduce the rate of viscosity change when temperatures rise or drop.

Protective Additives
A third group of additives work to extend the service life of the lubricant:

  • Anti-foamants reduce surface tension and speed the collapse of foam.
  • Anti-oxidants reduce the oxidation rate by decomposing peroxides and terminating free-radical reactions.
  • Metal deactivators reduce the catalytic effect of metals on the oxidation rate, further slowing oxidation.

Formulating a modern lubricant is more than just throwing ingredients together though. My son has been working in some fancy restaurants the past half dozen years and it has been interesting watching him put together a fancy meal while staying with us briefly this fall. It’s not only a matter of having the right ingredients, but combining them at the right times and temperatures. There are reasons why master chefs favor certain ingredients over others, and why some people with a wonderful recipe end up with leftovers fit only for Rover.

It’s helpful to understand that additive chemistries can themselves have disadvantages as well as advantages. The usage of various additives involves tradeoffs. Here are just some examples of negative side effects additive may possess.

  • Detergents and anti-wear additives can promote deposit formation in high temperature areas.
  • Detergents and dispersants can promote foaming and minimize the effectiveness of anti-foaming additives.
  • Certain additives can cause corrosion when exposed to high temperature.
  • Too much anti-foaming additive will in itself result in foaming.

Bottom Line
Motor oil has a lot of stuff in it these days. It’s not just a haphazard concoction of chemicals all thrown together. Some of the compounds in motor oil are designed to interact with what’s going on inside an engine. But many compounds are selected so that they will not interfere with their designated functions. That is to say, formulators are chemists who must carefully consider the ways these various chemistries interact with each other, not just the context they individually work in.

In short, there are reasons some lubricants perform better than others. It’s all in the mix.  For further information check out http://www.amsoil.com Should you desire to purchase AMSOIL products tell the operator to use ZO 9792.

December 27, 2010

AMSOIL OE Oil SURPASSES ANYTHING ELSE ON THE MARKET FOR NEW VEHICLES

AMSOIL, the #1Synthetic Lubrication Company in America, continues to surpass other companies in the manufacture of long drain interval synthetic lubricants with their OE grade oil.  This new product is manufactured in three different grade oils; SAE 5W-20, SAE 5W-30 and SAE 10W-30.  The product surpasses normal 3,000 oil change interval recommended by many automobile manufacturers.  One thing stands out with this latest product and that is it can be installed a New Vehicles as soon as they are purchased thus allowing rings to seat in a new vehicle.  Coupled with the BEST Oil Filter and Air Filter on the market vehicle owners will have a fine tuned vehicle that should perform like none other.  

These new products continue to have the low pour point and high flash point just as there full synthetic counterparts.  These new oils, SAE 5W-20 and SAE 5W-30, will pour at -45 degrees and show a flash point of 439 degrees.   The SAE 10W-30 product has a pour point of -40 degrees and a flash point of 450 degrees.  NO Petroleum lubricant can measure up to these standards.

 AMSOIL OE Synthetic Motor Oils help provide better wear control, high- and low-temperature protection and increased fuel economy compared to conventional oils. The oil drain interval recommendations for many of today’s vehicles extend well beyond the traditional 3,000-mile interval, some up to 12,000 miles with electronic oil monitoring systems. AMSOIL OE Oils provide excellent protection and performance for the entire length of the original equipment manufacturer’s recommended drain interval.

AMSOIL, the leader in automotive synthetic lubrication, produced the world’s first API-qualified synthetic motor oil in 1972. Trust the extensive experience of AMSOIL, The First in Synthetics®, to do the best job protecting your engine.

Improve Fuel Economy
Formulated with friction modifiers, AMSOIL OE Synthetic Motor Oils are fuel-efficient oils that reduce friction-related energy loss. They provide better fuel economy compared to conventional, non-fuel-efficient motor oils.

Maintain Low Emissions
AMSOIL OE Synthetic Motor Oils are friendly toward modern emissions control systems, promoting proper operation of catalytic converters for optimum service life and low exhaust emissions.

Protect in All Temperatures
AMSOIL OE Synthetic Motor Oils are multi-viscosity formulations. They resist the effects of thermal breakdown, including evaporation and viscosity loss, while remaining fluid in cold temperatures for easier cold starts and fast start-up circulation.

Keep Engines Clean
Fortified with high levels of detergent and dispersant additives, AMSOIL OE Synthetic Motor Oils are engineered to resist sludge and carbon deposits better than conventional oils. They promote clean operation for longer-lasting, better-running engines.

Bid Appropriate
AMSOIL OE Synthetic Motor Oils fulfill the requirements of most public and private purchasing bids. They are cost-effective, making them ideal where synthetic motor oil is specified.

APPLICATIONS
AMSOIL OE Synthetic Motor Oils are excellent for use in all types of gasoline-fueled vehicles. They are recommended for all domestic and foreign vehicles requiring any of the listed performance specifications:

10W-30 (OET)

API SN, SM…
ILSAC GF-5, GF-4…
GM 6094M, 4718M
Chrysler MS-6395N

COMPATIBILITY
AMSOIL OE Synthetic Motor Oils are compatible with conventional and other synthetic motor oils. Mixing AMSOIL OE Synthetic Motor Oils with other oils, however, will shorten the oil life expectancy and reduce the performance benefits. Aftermarket oil additives are not recommended for use with
AMSOIL OE Synthetic Motor Oils.

SERVICE LIFE
In gasoline-fueled vehicles, AMSOIL OE Synthetic Motor Oils are recommended for the intervals stated by the vehicle manufacturer or indicated by the oil life monitoring system. Change oil filter at every oil change.

HEALTH & SAFETY
This product is not expected to cause health concerns when used for the intended application and according to the recommendations in the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). MSDS’s are available upon request at 715-392- 7101 or on the AMSOIL Website. Keep Out of Reach of Children. Don’t pollute. Return used oil to collection centers.

For AMSOIL warranty information, click here.

TYPICAL TECHNICAL PROPERTIES
AMSOIL OE 10W-30 SYNTHETIC MOTOR OIL 10W-30
(OET)
 
Kinematic Viscosity @ 100°C, cSt (ASTM D-445) 10.8
Kinematic Viscosity @ 40°C, cSt (ASTM D-445) 69.9
Viscosity Index (ASTM D-2270) 145
CCS Viscosity, cP @ (°C) (ASTM D-5293) 5942 (-25)
Flash Point °C (°F) (ASTM D-92) 232 (450)
Fire Point °C (°F) (ASTM D-92) 250 (482)
Pour Point °C (°F) (ASTM D-97) -40 (-40)
Noack Volatility, % weight loss (g/100g) (ASTM D-5800) 5.8
High Temperature/High Shear Viscosity
@ 150°C and 1.0 X 106 s-1, cP (ASTM D-5481) 3.3
Four Ball Wear Test @ 40 kgf, 75°C,
1200 rpm, 1 hour, scar diameter, mm (ASTM D-4172) 0.45
Total Base Number (ASTM D-2896) 7.9
 

For more information go to www.amsoil.com or http://www.the1stsyntheticoil.com/   Should you go to the AMSOIL website and place an order for products, use ZO 9792 when purchasing.

December 6, 2010

AMSOIL INTRODUCES NEW REDESIGNED OIL FILTER

Information pertaining to the new redesigned AMSOIL oil filter can be found on the AMSOIL WebSite at the following address:  Group includes reintroduction of Ea Oil Filters for several popular Toyota applications. See story here (340k PDF).  Click on (See Story here) to read about and see the new oil filter.  For more information you can go to www.The1stSyntheticoil.com or www.lubedealer.com/southeasternlubricants

November 23, 2010

AMSOIL Introduces European Car Formula 5W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil

Ok all you sporty car buffs, NOW you have the BEST and FINEST Synthetic Motor Oil ANYWHERE for your automobile.  AMSOIL has just released their 5W-30 European Car Formula oil for purchase.   So you pay high dollar for YOUR cars now put the BEST Oil in the Engine and get even better performance.  And along with the oil don’t forget Oil and Air Filters, gear lubes, greases, power steering fluid and synthetic brake fluid. 

This NEW AMSOIL 5w-30 European Motor Oil will be going in my daughters’s Audi this week.   Don’t delay, get your oil today by going to www.the1stsyntheticoil.com/ or www.lubedealer.com/southeasternlubricants   Use ZO 9792 when going to the http://www.amsoil.com/ and purchase at cost by becoming a Preferred Customer.

 New AMSOIL European Car Formula 5W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil is specially formulated for the lubrication needs of modern European gasoline and diesel cars and light trucks. AMSOIL European Car Formula provides outstanding performance and protection for high-performance vehicles made by Volkswagen, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Porsche and more. It is formulated to stay in grade throughout the extended drain intervals recommended by European automakers, and is designed for the unique demands of turbocharged vehicles.

Engineered with a select additive package and shear stable synthetic base oils, AMSOIL European Car Formula meets strict ACEA and VW HT/HS requirements. Its low sulfated ash, phosphorus and sulfur (SAPS) formulation promotes optimum emissions system performance and life, resulting in reduced maintenance costs. Friction modifiers and the lighter 5W-30 viscosity reduce friction for increased energy through-put to maximize fuel economy.  It provides excellent deposit control and outstanding wear protection for gasoline- and diesel-fueled engines.

AMSOIL European Car Formula 5W-30 is thermally stable to keep oil passages clean and promote fluid circulation so turbo bearings stay cool and lubricated. It provides enhanced turbocharger protection in all temperature extremes, while its thermal stability withstands high-temperature/high-RPM breakdown. Its low pour point protects turbochargers against oil starvation and ensures rapid oil pressure in sub-zero conditions. Recommended for European gasoline or diesel vehicles requiring any of the following performance specifications:

VW 504.00/507.00
ACEA A3/B3, A3/B4
Mercedes-Benz 229.51
BMW LL-04
Porsche C30

Suitable motor oil for some of these specifications is not always easy to find.

About the Company: AMSOIL has been the recognized leader in synthetic lubrication since 1972.  For more information about AMSOIL synthetic motor oils contact your nearest AMSOIL distributor, or call AMSOIL at (715) 392-7101 or 1-800-777-8491.  AMSOIL INC., 925 Tower Avenue, Superior, WI 54880, or go to www.amsoil.com.  Use ZO 9792 when going to the AMSOIL site. 

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