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Deposit protection is critical for turbocharged engines

Deposit protection is critical for turbocharged engines

Motor oil quality must stay ahead of the curve.

Matt Erickson | TECHNICAL PRODUCT MANAGER, PASSENGER CAR

It may be a good time to invest your retirement funds in a company that builds automotive turbochargers; they’re predicted to be in most new passenger cars/light trucks by 2020.

Matt Erickson AMSOIL INCAs such, we’ve focused quite a bit of time and energy on turbos and the challenges they present to motor oil. Today, I want to dive a little deeper into turbo tech and explain how they work and why AMSOIL will be synonymous with the subject of turbos in the coming years.

An engine is essentially an air pump, and the more air it ingests, the more fuel it can burn – and the more power it can produce. There are a few ways to increase the amount of air the engine takes in, but turbocharging has emerged as the favored choice of automakers.

As shown in the diagram, exhaust gases commonly exceeding 1,000ºF spin a turbine, often at more than 150,000 rpm, which drives the compressor that draws ambient air used to pressurize the combustion chamber. The added oxygen combined with direct injection and advanced engine-tuning helps the engine burn fuel more efficiently, boosting fuel economy. It also allows the engine to burn more fuel for increased power. As a result, a turbocharged four-cylinder engine can make as much power as a non-turbo six-cylinder engine. This advancement allows automakers to build vehicles with smaller, lighter engines that don’t sacrifice power or torque. Motorists enjoy the performance and fuel economy they demand, while automakers meet increasingly strict CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) requirements. A win-win situation.

As they say, there’s no such thing as a free lunch, and in this case, it’s the motor oil that ends up footing the bill. The turbo’s center section contains an oil-lubricated bearing. The tremendous heat and stress turbos create can cause some oils to break down and form harmful bearing deposits, known as turbo coking. Over time, turbos can suffer reduced performance, or fail altogether.

For this reason, auto manufacturers and oil companies – including AMSOIL – automatically include turbocharged vehicles in their severe-service category when prescribing oil-change intervals. The TEOST 33C Test (ASTM D6335), an industry-standard bench test that simulates turbocharger operating conditions, has taken on added importance in today’s automotive landscape. With the predicted rise in turbo use, it’s more important than ever for motor oils to protect against harmful high-temperature deposits to keep vehicles running properly. To meet the API SN Resource Conserving and ILSAC GF-5 motor oil specifications that are often recommended by vehicle manufacturers, a 5W-30 motor oil must limit total deposit formation to 30 mg or less in the TEOST Test.

Turbocharger Cutaway

In our recent published tests (deposits caused by lower quality base stocks in turbo equipped engines), AMSOIL Signature Series 5W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil held the total weight of deposits to 7 mg, well under the 30 mg limit required by the API and ILSAC, while Royal Purple® API 5W-30 and Mobil 1® Extended Performance 5W-30 came in just under the limit at 25.4 mg and 28.2 mg respectively. 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*.

We want our customers to understand the importance of protecting their turbocharged vehicles, and to know AMSOIL is devoted to offering protection beyond what is required by the industry. We are the only name for true automotive enthusiasts here in Sioux Falls!

*Based on independent, third-party testing of AMSOIL® Signature Series 5W-30, Mobil 1® Extended Performance 5W-30 and Royal Purple® API 5W-30 in the ASTM D6335 bench test required by the API SN Resource Conserving specification. For full test details visit www.amsoil.com/depositprotection.

 

 

 

Engine Deposits can be Prevented using Superior AMSOIL Lubricants

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Help Preserve Your Engine’s Horsepower

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Although you may equate engine wear and deposits with sudden, catastrophic engine failure, they are more likely to erode engine power and efficiency over time. Here’s how it works and what you can do about it.

Several factors cause an engine to slowly lose power, but one of the primary reasons includes compression loss due to wear and deposits.

Engine compression = power

For your engine to produce maximum power, the combustion chamber must seal completely during the compression and combustion strokes. Wear and deposits can prevent the valves or piston rings from sealing, allowing pressurized gases to escape the combustion chamber and take potential engine power with them.

To illustrate, imagine using a hydraulic floor jack. Pumping the handle will raise the vehicle as long as the release valve is tightly seated and doesn’t leak. A poorly sealed release valve, however, allows pressure to escape, causing the vehicle to sink to the ground no matter how much you pump the jack handle.

The same principle applies inside your engine. If some of the pressure created during the compression and combustion strokes is lost due to valves and piston rings that don’t seal completely, the engine will create less power.

Wear & deposits reduce compression

Over time, deposits or valve wear can prevent the valves from closing completely, interfering with a good seal. Wear can also interfere with proper valve operation, disrupting optimum fuel/air flow.

Worn or stuck piston rings produce the same effect. The rings are designed to move freely in their grooves and press tightly against the cylinder wall, forming a seal that prevents fuel/air from escaping. Ring wear can interfere with formation of a tight seal, while deposit buildup can cause the rings to stick in their grooves, also preventing a good seal. As a result, some fuel/air escapes the combustion chamber during compression, reducing power. On the combustion stroke, pressurized gases can blow by the rings and travel down the cylinder wall and into the oil sump, taking potential power with them. This is what’s meant when someone says an engine has lost compression.

AMSOIL Signature Series helps prevent the problem

A lot is working against you including the quality of the gasoline available here in Sioux Falls. Everything you can do to prevent deposits goes a long way saving you money in the long term no t to mention engine life. AMSOIL Signature Series Synthetic Motor Oil provides 75 percent more engine protection against horsepower loss and wear than required by a leading industry standard*, extending the life of vital components like pistons and cams. In addition, it prevents piston deposits 93 percent better than required to meet the latest API standard.* Its outstanding performance helps prevent deposits and wear that rob engines of horsepower, helping preserve that like-new feeling you crave when driving. The secrete is in the low volatility of the oil. That can only happen when quality is the main driver of the firm.

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

Ches Cain – AMSOIL Direct Jobber

Your Sioux Falls Power Gain by Oil company. Most AMSOIL customers discovered AMSOIL via word of mouth due to performance only!! Not because our products save fuel or last 3X longer. It’s the real benefit of performance you can feel!! So compare that to other brands and more research will unveil the BIG lie they “don’t” offer to the consumer as advertised. AMSOIL is a family owned and operated business. No greedy stockholders to effect the choosing of additive packages.

 

One Clear Choice in Engine Deposit Control

Turbos and GDI engines suffer from Deposits. Take no chances! Use AMSOIL

Leading the Field In Deposit Protection

Quality is Key

5W-30 Signature Series has you protected

Testing proves AMSOIL Signature Series 5W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil provides more complete protection against damaging deposits than its competitors.

The push toward smaller, fuel-efficient yet powerful engines has driven the development of several key technologies. Gasoline direct injection (GDI) and turbochargers are now common features of passenger cars and light trucks. By 2020, industry experts predict that nearly every new vehicle will feature GDI technology, and the vast majority will be turbocharged. While these advanced technologies enhance performance, they also present serious challenges to motor oil.

The Turbocharger Trade-Off

Turbochargers push more air into the engine’s combustion chamber, providing better fuel-economy and performance but also creating intense engine temperatures. They often operate above 150,000 rpm on exhaust gases exceeding 1000°F. These extreme conditions cause some motor oils to break down and solidify into harmful deposits.

Vehicle manufacturers have long recommended different service intervals based on “normal” or “severe” driving conditions. Turbocharged vehicles are automatically included in the severe service category due to the extreme heat they generate. Motor oil with unique properties is required to combat the effects of intense temperatures.

Proof of Protection

AMSOIL Signature Series 5W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil was tested against two competing brands to determine its level of protection against deposit formation in high-heat applications.

 protects against harmful deposits on turbochargers 4X better than Mobil1® Extended Performance and 3.6X better than Royal Purple® in industry-standard testing*.The TEOST 33C test (ASTM D6335) is an industry-standard bench test that simulates turbocharger operating conditions. According to the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), it is “designed to predict the high temperature deposit forming tendencies of an engine oil.” To meet the API SN Resource Conserving and ILSAC GF-5 motor oil specifications that are often recommended by vehicle manufacturers, a 5W-30 motor oil must limit total deposit formation to 30 mg or less.

AMSOIL Signature Series 5W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil held the total weight of deposits to 7 mg, well under the 30 mg limit required by the API and ILSAC, while Royal Purple® API 5W-30 and Mobil1® Extended Performance 5W-30 came in just under the limit at 25.4 mg and 28.2 mg respectively. Signature Series 5W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil protects against harmful deposits on turbochargers 4X better than Mobil1® Extended Performance and 3.6X better than Royal Purple® in industry-standard testing*.

*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.

Test results represent the formulations available as of April 2016. Formulations were coded to eliminate bias during testing and samples were tested in random order. An appropriate number of trials of each oil were run to produce results at or above the 95 percent confidence level when compared to AMSOIL Signature Series 5W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil.

 

Sioux Falls Store Note:

The competition knows these attributes wouldn’t make a difference to the average driver so it is a major needed cost to the stock holders. And that demonstrates precisely the utter difference from AMSOIL and the rest. AMSOIL’s decision makers at the Superior, WI headquarters have had the goal to provide the best uncompromising product for protection and performance regardless of the cost.  Lesser base stocks will suffice the 75% of drivers who are not true enthusiasts or don’t consider operating costs over the long term. Do the math, feel the power and get years more from that engine and transmission. It’s your money – see it go further. AMSOIL is really in your best interests. Use and spread the news about these products!! They do work as advertised!

Ches Cain

If you are not in the Sioux Falls area use our online store link for the best options for buying at cost.

Diesel Oil Selection Guide

Diesel Oil Selection Sioux FallsAMSOIL Diesel Oil Selection Guide

From a “one size fits all” to synthetic oils to match specific needs.

The diesel oil selection here often causes some confusion because they are made for different purposes and the value of one may depend on the use of the truck or the year model. So here I have listed some things about each for you to consider in your decision making process.
As diesel trucks both light duty and commercial OTR are quite the financial investment, always refer to the individual product data bulletin found by using the link to the PDF at the bottom of each product page for more specific information. Please call me at 605-274-2580 with further questions.

Generally the AMSOIL Diesel oils can be categorized in two groups: Longest OEM interval or Premium Extended Interval. These days Sioux Falls drivers can really put on the miles and AMSOIL’s Synthetic Diesel Oils can increase your drain intervals up to three times longer.

AMSOIL Corporate’s #1 Pick
I’ll start with the one one premium product compatible for all diesels – all years – The Premium 100% CJ4. Available in both 5W-40 (DEO) and 15W-40 (DME) this industry leading anti-wear diesel oil lasts up to 3X longer OEM intervals (per notes on package) and offers maximum protection. For more information on this important addition to the industry please visit the specific pages linked above.
Most customers buying AMSOIL are enthusiasts and only buy the premium products thus why this one is becoming the best seller on its merits. Primarily it’s ability to withstand the fuel dilution issues of modern diesel engines equipped with DPF. Dependability and protection when it’s needed.

Older Diesels
For those with older diesels who want our legendary high zinc, long life, chose the Diesel and Marine 15W-40 (AME). It’s great for all 2006 and earlier diesels especially those which may suffer from high soot buildup as this formulation can combat deposits. Be sure to first run a couple bottles of AMSOIL Engine Flush (per sump size) so the unneeded acids are neutralized an purged from the crankcase.  The DME 15W-40 is a CI4+ oil. It’s still my best seller. Guaranteed to last up to 3X longer the OEM interval. Awesome for older cars which require high Zinc or ZDDP. I use it in my 1957 Studebaker.

Best Economy for Older Diesels
For the same 2006 and earlier who want the very best in fuel economy and choose to use a lighter viscosity as recommended by the manufacturer the 5W-30 Heavy Duty Diesel (HDD) 100% Synthetic is the best choice., Product code is (HDD).  I also use this one personally in vintage gas cars which need ha high zinc or ZDDP oil or gasoline engines that have a lot of deposits- this oil’s detergent package is superior to any! But if I had a pre 2007 diesel pick-up this would be my #1 choice. We sell a lot to older Durmax diesels and the Ford 7.3 owners in all climates.

Cost Conscious One Size Fits All (Original Equipment) & for Service Centers
For all diesel owners who are not doing extended intervals but want to use a premium AMSOIL product using the highest quality base-stock, this one is designed to compete on price. Choose the OED 15W-40 Diesel Oil. It meets CJ4 and is also back compatible for all CI4 and earlier specifications. For use in any year diesel new or old. Customers who are going to change oil at the OEM interval but want the  chose between the 15W-40 (OED) or 10W-30 (OEC) you now have a choice. Also popular to those who service diesel vehicles and want one product for all diesel service.

Tractors, Equipment and Fleets
Lastly our original 10W-30/SAE-30 Heavy Duty Diesel which is similar to the AME, High zinc (ZDDP) is generally the choice for work and construction turbo diesels or non-turbo tractors and equipment. Pre 2006 Diesel trucks wanting to use a 10W-30 would select this oil too. Generally the pick for all generators and skid steers as well. CI4 Diesel Specification or earlier.

European Car & Van
Many European diesels call for a diesel/gasoline oil based on specific specifications. For those please see the European Oil Line of products.

Oil Analysis Kits:

In the 12th St. Sioux Falls store we keep in stock the oil analysis kits so you can monitor your oil the most accurate way. Let the analysis company decide and report how much longer you can go between oil changes or filter changes (with our oil bypass filtration kits).  Learn the contamination cycles of your engine and maximize your time and efficiency.

Visit the AMSOIL corporate site to learn more about the most recent tests and trials of our diesel oils. You can also set up your own preferred customer account to buy at cost from. AMSOIL Diesel Protection Shopping Guides anywhere. 

 

Ford EcoBoost Challenge – AMSOIL Only Oil Choice

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Ford EcoBoost Engines – Turbocharged, High Heat Efficiency needs a 100% Synthetic

In a previous Facebook post on the Sioux Falls page, I mentioned the merits of the 1.0 3-cyl EcoBoost engine but there are several more popular and practical versions in the other vehicles Ford offers. All of these are the most impressive works ever developed by Ford. The overall design of the powerful six’s with the excellent flow of the internal exhaust manifolds to turbo (low inertia twin units) make engine warm-up fast while achieving the most power per cubic inch ever known. There are challenges however making our AMSOIL Signature Series a must for long life and low maintenance.

There are blends and “fully” synthetic products recommended by Ford but with AMSOIL you know you get a TRUE 100% synthetic which can stand up to the heat (beyond what this engine can generate actually) for any amount of time while resisting formation of deposits in your turbo’s lines. AMSOIL leads the industry with the lowest volatility thus less chance for oil vapors being drawn into combustion via PCV and what does get drawn in has less of a chance to leave deposits on the scorching hot intake valves. Also should the driver fail to change oil at the proper recommended interval, AMSOIL has you covered!!

Ford has positioned a “specially developed” version of Castrol called Magnatech but after examining the overall merits it still doesn’t address long term deposits. Castrol doesn’t make any claims to be a true 100% synthetic (They use the term Fully Synthetic which is common for Group IIIs) nor are there any viscosity retention tests. As a AMSOIL customer first and a dealer 2nd, I trust AMSOIL even more hearing from those who work in the windpower industry that AMSOIL has revolutionized their return on investment and all the severe issues with the Castrol product. According to them, AMSOIL provides the only lubricant to solve a serious viscosity retention issue which others have not. This method of solving problems over stockholder profits allows their products to be years ahead in technology and performance. The Signature Series addresses these issues with the EcoBoost even years before there was a need.

Ford EcoBoost

No warranty issues with the Signatures Series as long as you use the proper viscosity. But should anything happen AMSOIL backs their products 100% with their own guarantee and complete satisfaction. No other lubricant company comes close to this type of protection..
Lastly The #1 reason to use AMSOIL’s Signature Series (5W-30, 5W-20 or 0W-20 per your owners manual) is simply for the performance!! There is a difference. It’s in the base stocks and additive packages and it’s constantly being verified and improved. A difference you can feel and an additional load off of the internal parts at all temperatures under all loads. And many synthetic do leave deposits. Not Signature Series. It’s not a Group III base. If a OEM had a duplicate product it would have to be generally around $15 retail per quart to satisfy typical markups needed.

 

Sioux Falls Ford owners – We want to be your oil for max performance in these exceptional engines! Don’t settle for dealership…

Posted by Amsoil – Synthetic Warehouse Sioux Falls – Independent Dealer on Saturday, February 20, 2016

With the EcoBoost and other engines utilizing the gasoline direct injection there’s an additional issue with the intake side of the intake valves concerning cleanliness. As fuel is sprayed directly into the quench area, it bypasses the whole intake manifold and top side of the intake valves thus allowing debris and varnish from the combination of intake dirt and oil vapor from PCV. Ford mechanics have said Ford is working on a solution to this problem but have yet to publish anything on the matter. They warn to not try to spray or apply anything under warranty so we will update this blog when the time comes.
In the mean time only AMSOIL Signature Series 5W-30, 5W-20 and 0W-20 has the lowest volatilityin the industry. In fact AMSOIL was the first company to use the NOACK Volatility test as a standard to go by. This guarantees the lowest amount of crankcase oil vapor being sucked back through the intake system through PCV.

The authorized mechanic referenced in the video below suggests the use of a catch-can once warranty is complete. It will prevent more buildup on these sensitive parts.

Thank you again for reading my AMSOIL blog. I’m Ches Cain with The Synthetic Warehouse. Hope you visit the Sioux Falls store and try out all the products in all of your equipment. Ask for a catalog and be sure to get a coffee mug when you buy a case of any oil!!