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AMSOIL Quickshot® Offers a Simple Solution to Ethanol Problems

Phase separation

AMSOIL Quickshot® Offers a Simple Solution to Ethanol Problems

One of our best sellers here in Sioux Falls.  Keep it for your garage fuel tanks. Fights varnish, attacks deposits and stabilizes fuel in addition to the ethanol problem. Award winning product that  – yes – ACTUALLY WORKS!

Fuel maintenance is a big issue, whether you own a motorcycle, dirt bike, boat, lawnmower or other piece of equipment. Currently, most gasoline sold in the U.S. contains up to 10 percent ethanol (E10), while gasoline containing up to 15 percent (E15) is now available at stations around the country.

Phase separation is when ethanol/water mixtures fall to the bottom of fuel tanks and containers, leading to potentially damaging lean-burn conditions.

Ethanol can causes problems

Because ethanol has an affinity for water, you need to be aware of the conditions in which you operate your equipment. Powersports and lawn & garden equipment should not be stored in damp or wet environments. When water is allowed to collect in the gas tank, the bond between ethanol and gasoline can break, causing a phenomenon known as phase separation.

The ethanol bonds with the water and sinks to the bottom of the fuel tank, which can create a whole host of problems, including the formation of gums, varnish and other insoluble debris that can plug fuel passages and negatively affect engine performance. When this ethanol/water mixture is pulled into the engine, it creates a lean-burn situation that increases combustion-chamber temperatures and can lead to engine damage. Once this happens there is no easy or inexpensive fix. To avoid these problems, contaminated fuel tanks should be emptied and refilled with fresh fuel.

Prevention is best practice

Alternatively, treat fuel with AMSOIL Quickshot® as a preventative measure to avoid rough-running equipment and other performance issues. Quickshot is designed to keep water dispersed throughout the fuel tank, moving it out as a normal part of operation and decreasing the chance of phase separation.

Not only that, Quickshot helps clean deposits that have formed in fuel systems, injectors and carburetors, while also cleaning piston tops, spark plugs and combustion chambers. It also stabilizes fuel between uses and during short-term storage.

Unlike many competing fuel additives, Quickshot is extremely potent and not diluted. It provides effective cleaning action, making it an all-around great product for powersports and lawn & garden equipment.

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Perfect Pairing:Signature Series Motor Oil and Ea® Oil Filters

Amsoil 100% Synthetic Oil

Perfect Pairing:Signature Series Motor Oil and Ea® Oil Filters

 Combining premium motor oil with a premium oil filter is necessary for total engine protection.

Complete engine protection is a team sport. The long-term effectiveness of a quality motor oil is often hindered by poor filtration. At the same time, the superior capabilities of a premium oil filter remain unrealized when combined with a sub-par motor oil. A pairing of top-quality oil and filtration is required for best results, especially with the advanced technology found in modern vehicles.

Protecting the Latest Technology

Variable Valve Timing (VVT)

The majority of vehicles rolling off the assembly line today feature variable valve timing (VVT). Every component in the system must function properly in order to advance or retard valve timing at the correct intervals. The solenoid pictured, from a 3.5L Ford* EcoBoost* engine, contains openings .007 of an inch across, which is about the thickness of two sheets of paper. The slightest amount of deposits in these openings can restrict oil flow and negatively affect the system.

AMSOIL Signature Series Synthetic Motor Oil resists deposits and sludge, while the superior efficiency of Ea Oil Filters traps and holds any existing deposits that could compromise VVT components. ­

Turbochargers

Turbochargers are predicted to be in most new passenger cars/light trucks by 2020. This technology increases engine efficiency and performance, but at the cost of elevated engine temperatures. Low-quality motor oil increases the risk for high-temperature bearing deposits that lead to reduced turbocharger performance or failure.

Signature Series 5W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil protects against harmful deposits on turbochargers 4X better than Mobil 1® Extended Performance and 3.6X better than Royal Purple® in industry-standard testing**. AMSOIL Ea Oil Filters are engineered to maintain the higher oil flow rate of modern engines, sending the appropriate amount of filtered oil to the turbocharger’s vital bearing. Bearing clearances, in general, have become tighter, making filter efficiency even more important to prevent engine damage.

Tag Team Protection

Working in tandem, AMSOIL Signature Series Motor Oil and AMSOIL Ea Oil Filters provide complete engine protection. Signature Series Motor Oil withstands the rigors of extreme heat and resists deposits and sludge, while Ea Oil Filters provide the capacity and efficiency that today’s advanced engine components require.

The Long Run

Turbochargers and VVT systems are here to stay. AMSOIL products are uniquely positioned to meet the challenges they present.
Signature Series Synthetic Motor Oil

  • Provides 75 percent more engine protection against horsepower loss and wear than required by a leading industry standard ***
  • Maximum cleanliness
  • Exceptional extreme-temperature protection

AMSOIL Ea Oil Filters

  • Filtering efficiency of 98.7 percent at 20 microns
  • Greater capacity than competing filter brands
  • Maximum efficiency without restricting flow
  • Extended service life

 

VVT solenoids often contain tiny oil-flow passages that can easily clog with deposits if maintenance is neglected or low-quality oil or filters are used.

*All trademarked names and images are the property of their respective owners and may be registered marks in some countries. No affiliation or endorsement claim, express or implied, is made by their use. All products advertised here are developed by AMSOIL for use in the applications shown.

**Based on independent, third-party testing of AMSOIL® Signature Series 5W-30, Mobil1® Extended Performance 5W-30 and Royal Purple® API 5W-30 in the ASTM D6335 bench test required by the API SN Resource Conserving specification.

***Based on independent testing of AMSOIL Signature Series 5W-30, in ASTM D7320 as required by API SN specification.

ADVANCED ENGINE TECHNOLOGY DRIVING CHANGES FOR GASOLINE OIL SPECIFICATIONS

Fuel economy standards

ADVANCED ENGINE TECHNOLOGY DRIVING CHANGES FOR GASOLINE OIL SPECIFICATIONS

Tightening fuel economy standards and the subsequent advances in engine technologies are pushing big changes in the passenger car motor oil (PCMO) market.

Increasingly strict regulations on fuel economy and emissions have pushed the automotive industry to develop smaller, more efficient engines. By 2020, industry experts predict that nearly every new vehicle will feature direct-injection technology (GDI), and the vast majority will be turbocharged (TGDI). The most recent corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards require a fleet-wide average of 54.5 mpg by 2025 in the United States, necessitating a 5 percent annual improvement.

These factors contribute to the following:

  •  Severe engine knock, also called lowspeed pre-ignition (LSPI)
  •  Increased engine temperatures • Compromised fuel injectors
  •  Greater overall stress and dependence on engine oil

Two new gasoline engine oil specifications are in development to address these issues: General Motors’ (GM)* proprietary dexos1™: 2015 and API SP/ILSAC GF-6.

Controlling LSPI

Both specifications place a major focus on limiting the impact of low-speed pre-ignition (LSPI). This will be an essential feature of engine oil in the coming years. Similar to traditional engine knock, LSPI occurs when fuel/air spontaneously ignites prior to the spark ignition. The pressure created by this ill-timed combustion pushes down on the piston as the connecting rod and crankshaft work to move it upward. These conflicting forces can result in severe engine damage beyond that of typical engine knock. LSPI is an issue unique to newer turbocharged and GDI engines and occurs under low-speed and high-torque conditions. However, a properly formulated motor oil can prevent its effects.

Key Updates

dexos1™: 2015

GM’s second-generation dexos1 specification is a global specification that aims to standardize the quality of oil installed in GM vehicles regardless of location. Similar to the GF-6 specification, dexos1: 2015 will address fuel economy and LSPI. It will also include new tests unique to GM focused on oxidative thickening, piston deposits, turbocharger deposits and wear control. It is due to be released in late August 2017.

  • Designed for 2011 model-year and newer engines
  • Targets higher levels of performance in all areas

NEW DEXOS1: 2015 & ILSAC GF-6 SPECIFICATIONS

  • Low speed pre-ignition protection preventing severe engine damage
  • Added piston deposit prevention for fuel economy and horsepower retention
  • Improved turbocharger protection to prevent turbocoking and increase longevity
  • Increased wear protection for maintaining like-new performance
  • Increased sludge protection for cleaner engines

ILSAC GF-6

Replacing the ILSAC GF-5 specification, the primary focus of ILSAC GF-6 will be increased fuel economy, oil robustness and protecting GDI and TGDI engines from LSPI and timing-chain wear. The spec will be split into GF-6A and GF- 6B to accommodate the trend toward lower-viscosity oils. GF-6B will provide a new category of oil designed for newer vehicles that require low hightemperature/high-shear (HTHS) and viscosities of 0W-20 or less. GF-6 is expected to be released in mid-2019.

  • GF-6A is designed for current modelyear engines and older requiring a traditional viscosity oil
  • GF-6B is designed for newer engines requiring lower viscosity oil

API/ILSAC

The International Lubricant Standardization Approval Committee (ILSAC) is a partnership between U.S. and Japanese automobile manufacturers. ILSAC and the American Petroleum Institute (API) work in tandem to develop engine protection standards and fuel economy requirements. Oils displaying the API Certification Mark, or “Starburst,” meet these requirements.

New Testing

As new requirements are revealed and the technology evolves, many standardized engine tests are being overhauled or replaced. GF-6 will feature at least six new engine tests while dexos1: 2015 will gain five. The tests encompass issues from low-temperature valvetrain wear (GF-6) to turbocharger deposits (dexos1: 2015).

AMSOIL Prepared for Change

AMSOIL Dealers can be well-assured that we will be ready for the implementation of the new specs with top-performing synthetic formulations. Details will be unveiled in upcoming issues of AMSOIL Magazine.

AMSOIL Engine Masters Challenge.

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AMSOIL Gains Traction Amongst Premier Engine Builders

Builders compete for supremacy at the AMSOIL Engine Masters Challenge.

In 2010 AMSOIL seized the opportunity to become the title sponsor of an enginebuilder competition now known as the AMSOIL Engine Masters Challenge (EMC). Engine builders are among the most influential people in racing, making recommendations that have a direct impact on the performance of the vehicles that rely on them. Oil selection is one of these key recommendations. Through the Engine Masters Challenge, premier engine builders gain the opportunity to see and experience first-hand the capabilities of AMSOIL synthetic motor oils.

The EMC has evolved since Popular Hot Rodding passed the torch to Hot Rod magazine in 2014. One new twist is having different categories of engines compete on each day, a transition that began last year and has continued to evolve. This year’s engine classes included a Small-Block Shootout, Vintage, Big-Block Shootout and, for the first time, a Nitrous class. Ultimately, 25 engines were put through their paces during the week-long event.

The engine builders come from all across North America. They represent all levels of experience, from hobbyists to pros in the upper echelons of racing, from circle track and drag racing to tractor pulls and extreme marine applications. The University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) hosts this competition, which was designed, in part, to create content for hot rod magazines.

Events like the EMC have many benefits for all participants. The media gets something to write about, readers learn new performance tricks and sponsors strengthen ties to the builders. In addition, 40 UNOH students receive the privilege of working alongside many of the top engine builders in the country, gaining rare and invaluable experience. The school itself is a beneficiary of the halo effect generated by hosting the week-long competition. The builders have an opportunity to earn money if they win and gain visibility through the media coverage, which helps generate new business.

A major benefit for AMSOIL is the opportunity to work closely with top builders who all experience the capabilities of our products. According to AMSOIL Technical Product Manager – Powersports Len Groom, “The Engine Masters Challenge has been a great fit for AMSOIL. It allows us to validate our products in some crazy, extreme conditions. It also allows us to show these engine builders the advantages of using a high-quality synthetic. Influencing the engine builder is a key component since they hold all the power when it comes to recommending an oil for your race motor.”

Many builders were familiar with the AMSOIL name, but had not yet tried the products. Jesse Robinson of SKM Effects Engines in Summerstown, Ontario was one such builder. “Before Engine Masters, I was aware it was ‘The First in Synthetics,’ but I had never used it myself,” he said. “I love it; I love the stuff. My garage is stacked with it. And I try to promote it to my customers when they have a special need for quality oil that doesn’t seem to break down and protects really well.”

There were several new factors in this year’s competition. First, the school had new SuperFlow dyno equipment installed since last year. Initially promised to be an advantage, it caused delays the first day as the dynos were dialedin and confidence in the numbers was established. Dynamometers are extremely sophisticated pieces of equipment. Their primary functions include data acquisition and engine-control systems. Everything must be repeatable so that the information generated is reliable.

For the uninitiated, here’s how a dyno works. The equipment holds the engine’s power back and takes measurements while holding power. That is, the dyno operator runs the engine through its usable RPM band and measures the torque generated as it sweeps. Rather than use a transmission, the dynos at UNOH use water to provide resistance. Essentially, they’re pumping water instead of moving a vehicle down the road. The dyno measures the power the engine generates while pumping the water.

It’s definitely very different from race cars moving along a drag strip or around a track, but for the builders and journalists covering the competition, it’s exceedingly thrilling to see the innovations implemented to generate power.

This year AMSOIL sent three employees to the competition. In addition to Groom, who provides technical counsel related to the builders’ special circumstances, Advertising Manager Ed Newman and Photographer/Videographer Wyatt Gruben covered the event for social media and print usage.

One of the big takeaways from this year’s EMC was the striking evidence that our presence is making an impact. “In our seven years of sponsorship I have seen the competitors/engine builders transition from skeptical users to wholehearted supporters and endorsers of AMSOIL products,” said Groom. “It’s been exciting to see these guys gain confidence in our products.”

“The AMSOIL EMC provides benefits for Dealers as well,” said Newman. “Hot Rod magazine is one of the most widely read and influential publications among enthusiasts. Our involvement and the subsequent coverage reinforces our credibility. Their editors and writers have seen first-hand how seriously good our products are.”

Groom adds that furthermore, “Engine Masters has helped AMSOIL secure the approval of some of the premier engine builders in the U.S. This allows our Dealers to approach new accounts with real-life information from an influential third party, which gives potential customers peace of mind in selecting an AMSOIL product.”

 

2016 AMSOIL ENGINE MASTERS CHALLENGE WINNERS

Small-Block:

1st – Scott Main/MPG Heads

2nd – Greg Finnican

Big-Block:

1st – Joe Carroll/PTS Racing Engines

2nd – Bret Bowers/Atlas Performance

Vintage:

1st – Ted Eaton/Eaton Balancing

2nd – Chris Bennett/SAM* *School of Automotive Machinists & Technology

Nitrous:

1st – Zackary Nelson/SAM*

2nd – Bret Bowers/Atlas, Team 2 Horsepower King and Torque Monster awards both went to the School of Automotive Machinists.

ON THE BOX WITH JEREMY MEYER

There is enough glitz and glamour in Las Vegas to circle the globe a million times, but that doesn’t stop the automotive industry from trying to bring a little more each November.

The SEMA show is the epicenter of the automotive world each year and everyone spruces up their best projects to put on display for the world. Inside the AMSOIL booth the past few years, there has been plenty of gawking, and we were able to once again grab some headlines and some hardware.

Our friends at Creative Rod and Kustom (Pennsylvania) pieced together a 1968 Chevy* C-10* that artfully mixed the old (classic instrument gauges) with the new (LS3 Crate Engine). The truck drew a crowd, and was the recipient of the Chevy SEMA Design Award for Truck of the Year.

While Vegas can be overwhelming with its bright lights and glitter, classic cool ruled the day at the AMSOIL SEMA booth.

Check out pictures of the truck at amsoilracing.com/partnerships.

 

Join AMSOIL as an At Home Small Business Opportunity

Join AMSOIL as an At Home Small Business Opportunity

AMSOIL provides the training and support you need to succeed in the retail and installer markets.

Extensive research has resulted in great AU Online courses and co-op programs proven to increase sales.

Tim Golden, PROGRAM SEGMENT MANAGER

Tim Golden | PROGRAM SEGMENT MANAGER

As an independent business owner in a globalized economy with ever increasing competition, it’s hard enough to maintain your existing customers much less court and develop new ones. This is especially true in the retail industry.

As an independent AMSOIL Dealer, you have the opportunity to develop customers in the retail market. Other direct-selling companies don’t allow or even consider opening these markets to their distributors. We believed that this market was simply too lucrative for Dealers and ignoring it would be foolish. As a result, the Retail Program was created.

Success in these markets isn’t automatic. It requires adapting from a business-to-customer (B2C) selling style to a business-to-business (B2B) style. It also requires information and tools to help establish credibility with retail account owners and managers.

Dealers who don’t have experience selling to retail businesses may find that just thinking about doing so generates a little internal fear. That’s normal. The good news is that we have training and tools to help you overcome your fear and develop retail sales into a regular part of your AMSOIL business.

To help you on your way to being a retail rock star, we have developed sales training designed to make you more comfortable in approaching retail businesses and better equipped in helping them achieve their goals. Check it out in AMSOIL University Online (available through the Dealer Zone). We also have developed a new retail account catalog to act as your go-to piece of literature for calling on retail businesses. It includes specific information on installers, garages and auto parts stores as well as a wholesale product catalog. Look for that to be available in April.

Customers want to buy local – Especially motor oil

In addition to these excellent resources, we have several programs that directly benefit retail businesses and don’t cost them a penny. The first three are highlighted in the 3 Great Perks for New Retail Accounts flyer (G3375). With a $300 order retailers receive free shipping, a free merchandising kit and free listing on the AMSOIL Locator. As a package, these benefits provide significant differentiation for you and AMSOIL. AMSOIL covers the cost on all these benefits and they represent a significant investment into supporting Dealers’ ability to grow in the retail market.

We also have two programs where we share the cost with you to provide retailers with a specific benefit. The first is the Merchandising Display Co-op Program, which allows your retail accounts to receive a highquality product display for free when they make a qualifying purchase. To help you provide this benefit to your account we pay 60 percent of the cost and you pay 40 percent. Our analysis shows that sales increase an average of 27 percent at accounts that have merchandising displays compared to those that don’t. So, consider this program an investment in long-term future profits. Recently, we modified the program to allow businesses with multiple locations to qualify for displays, and to allow for refreshing displays that are more than one year old. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of this program and invest in your future through every account you have that qualifies.

The second, and newest, program is the Dispensing Equipment Program. Available to T1 Certified Dealers in the contiguous U.S., this program allows your installers to receive free dispensing equipment when they commit to growing their lubricant purchases over a two-year period. AMSOIL will order the dispensing equipment and arrange a payment plan with you so that you own the equipment by the end of the customer contract period. In support of your business, we will pay for up to 50 percent of the cost and you pay up to 75 percent dependent on the requirements of each unique opportunity.

Both of these benefits are in demand by retail businesses and provide them with practical cost-saving tools that will deliver growth in their sales of AMSOIL products and in turn grow your monthly commissions. More information on these programs is available in the Dealer Zone. You can also consult your regional sales manager for questions specific to your business or accounts and to provide feedback or suggestions on these programs or ideas for future programs.

AMSOIL Dealer Ches Cain notes:

There is no question that AMSOIL is in demand. The only issue really is supply and easy of locating product on the customers terms here in the market place. AMSOIL is able to be stocked in any store in the nation (US and Canada). But we need dealers to find these locations and service them.  Most businesses simply did not know there was an option to carry AMSOIL products.  In our region or any around the country there is plenty of demand and it’s growing. Check out our dealer page and join us to begin in the learning so you can bring AMSOIL in locally.
Not all dealers want to stock merchandise so why not satisfy your customers and send them to a retailer carrying your products? Retailers are having a good experience with AMSOIL because they find out it adds to their customer base AND these customers have more of an affinity for quality products. If the business wants better customers, AMSOIL is the answer.
Regionally we need retail locations in Sioux Falls, Mitchel, Brookings, and especially Yankton and Sioux City. Ideal shops to carry AMSOIL are not just automotive but marine, motorcycle, lawn or power equipment sales and repair, industrial and even general stores from fueling stations to big box stores – yes as a dealer you can serve them all.. Join and learn more on our AMSOIL Dealer Opportunity page!!