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Vintage Car and Cam Wear Problems Solved – Zinc Fortified Motor Oils

After this long Sioux Falls winter, making the transition from storage to the street can be an anxious time for classic car owners. Even after extensive preparations, doubts may linger whether a prized vehicle has been effectively protected during a period of inactivity. Many owners now look to modern technology to keep vintage hot rods and muscle cars performing at a high level on the street and fully protected during storage.

Protecting engines designed decades ago- and engines modified for increased performance- can be challenging. From flat-tappet cams and splash-lubricated components to the toll of periodic storage, unique issues must be addressed.

Amsoil Z-Rod high Zinc oil

Flat-Tappet Cams and ZDDP

The design of flat-tappet cams makes them especially vulnerable to wear. As the name indicates, the tappet- or lifter – is flat. During operation the surface of the cam lobe slides rapidly over the surface of the tappet, producing high friction and temperatures. The camshaft and lifters are responsible for triggering the precisely tuned movements of the valve train. Here, the use of anti-wear additives becomes crucial.

Stop Cam Wear – No Aftermarket Oil Additives Needed

Zinc dialkyldithiophosphate (ZDDP) is a commonly used motor oil additive that provides anti-wear protection and minimizes lubricant breakdown. ZDDP also exhibits mild extreme-pressure protection. As temperatures in an engine rise, ZDDP decomposes, and the resulting chemistry protects critical metal surfaces.

Without the protective film barrier provided by ZDDP, the cams and lifters wear from the force of operation, negatively affecting cam and valve operation. Because most V-8 engines of the muscle car era came standard with flat-tappet cams, the problem is prevalent to classic-car and hot rod owners.

In these applications, modern oils, such as AMSOIL synthetic motor oils, are capable of providing adequate wear protection after the engine has been broken in. But due to variables like severity of service and level of modification, AMSOIL primarily recommends high-ZDDP oils in these applications, such as Z-ROD® Synthetic Motor Oil. When breaking in a rebuilt or high-performance engine, AMSOIL recommends AMSOIL Break-In Oil, which contains high levels of ZDDP for added protection.

Rust and Corrosion

Moisture can be as devastating an engine contaminant as dirt or sludge. Vehicles subjected to long-term storage are especially vulnerable to humidity-driven rust and corrosion. AMSOIL Z-ROD® Synthetic Motor Oil is formulated with a unique blend of rust and corrosion inhibitors to ensure maximum protection during storage.

AMSOIL Z-ROD® Synthetic Motor Oil (ZRTZRF)

  • Protects flat-tappet cams
  • Long-term rust and corrosion protection

AMSOIL Break-In Oil (BRK)

  • Quickly seats rings
  • Protects vital parts from wear
  • Increased film strength

Other AMSOIL Motor Oils containing substantial Zinc levels for Gas & Diesel engines

  • 5W-30 Heavy Diesel (HDD)
  • 15W-40 Diesel and Marine CI4 Rated Diesel (AME)
  • 10W-40 Premium Synthetic (AMSOIL’s first product) (AMO) Great for Motorcycles and older diesels too
  • 20W-50 Premium Synthetic (multi-purpose) (ARO) Great for Motorcycles & older diesels
  • 15W-50 Synthetic Racing Oil (RD50)
  • 10W-30 Synthetic Racing Oil (RD30)
  • 5W-20 Synthetic Racing Oil (RD20)

Call about any of these oils by calling us at 800-579-0580

Or visiting the Sioux Falls store at 4610 W. 12th St.

The Right Hydraulic Oil Can Make a Difference.

AMSOIL formulates a hydraulic oil for just about any operating condition.

Mike Caruso

Mike Caruso of AMSOIL

Although easy to miss, hydraulic systems are everywhere; without them life would become very difficult. Hydraulic systems may be as simple the floor jack in your garage or as complex as a crane. From machines and earth movers helping Sioux Falls to expand as a city to high dollar or vintage farm equipment out on the range.  Systems can be mobile, travel many miles to worksites, or others which spend their entire service life in one spot on a factory floor. Regardless of the type of system, they all operate in a similar fashion using the same types of parts. The hydraulic oil plays an important role in the health of each of these components and the overall smoothness and efficiency of the system.

Reservoir – The reservoir is simply the tank that holds the oil. On its way through the system the oil will spend a short period of time here. In that time, the oil has a quick opportunity to release air that’s gotten into the system so it doesn’t contribute to sluggish operation. All AMSOIL hydraulic oils have excellent air-release characteristics, maximizing this important benefit of the reservoir.  Another important function is to allow water to separate from the oil, allowing it to be drained. This is obviously most important for systems with larger reservoirs where draining can be accomplished easily.

Pump – The oil can’t be too thick when the machine starts in cold conditions. If it is, there’s a chance the pump will be damaged. On the flip side the oil can’t get too thin when the machine hits its highest operating temperature or excessive wear and poor performance can be expected. To ensure the viscosity remains within the system’s limits you can do one of two things. First, you could change to lighter or heavier oil depending on the conditions or, second, you could use a multi-viscosity oil to cover all the bases. The easiest way to identify oils that resist thinning and thickening is the viscosity index (VI). Oils with high viscosity indices resist viscosity changes with temperature far better than those with low VI. This fact can often save customers the expense and hassle of changing from lighter to heavier oil to meet the conditions. Most oil companies provide the VI number on their product data sheets.

Hoses and seals – Hydraulic oil must not chemically damage seal or hose material and should condition these materials to extend their service life.

Valves – Hydraulic valves are very close-tolerance items and even the smallest amount of varnish or dirt can cause them to bring a key piece of equipment to a halt. Keeping dirt out is simply a matter of good maintenance practices, but preventing varnish is pretty much up to the oil. Varnish occurs when oil breaks down under high-heat conditions. Just being synthetic helps AMSOIL hydraulic oils resist this breakdown, but we go beyond that with our HV Series Hydraulic Oil. These products are high-VI, multi-viscosity oils built with the ability to combat varnish formation. The product data page includes a graphic example of some high-temperature testing we’ve done against conventional oil.

Actuator – The actuator is the component that does the work. Everything else in the system is there to power and control it. As stated before, the common actuators are cylinders or hydraulic motors. How well they do their work often depends on the proper viscosity of the oil, so the same benefits that a mulit-viscosity provides for pumps are true for actuators. Now that I’ve covered the very basics of common components we’ll spend a little time on two of the most popular hydraulic oils we offer.

AMSOIL Synthetic Tractor Hydraulic/ Transmission Oil (ATH) serves two functions simultaneously. It’s designed to provide correct frictional characteristics for transmissions and wet brakes while performing as a premium synthetic hydraulic oil. It is used in many types of popular mobile machinery and provides excellent all-weather capability. That means the equipment that operates smoothly moving gravel around the farm in the summer will perform just as well removing snow in the winter without changing the hydraulic oil. This, coupled with premium wear protection, adds up to savings for the customer.

AMSOIL Synthetic Multi-Viscosity Hydraulic Oil has a solid track record of success. It exhibits high performance near the Arctic Circle as well as the hottest parts of the Deep South. Our Dealers have found a home for it in oil rigs, on ships, in mobile equipment and in large industrial applications throughout the U.S. and Canada. Not only does it provide all the benefits of multi viscosity oil, its unique ability to fight varnish formation has made customers happy by protecting high-value, critical systems.

As always, if you ever need technical recommendations, contact our Tech Services Department at 715-399-TECH or tech@amsoil.com. Or just call the OMAHA AMSOIL store at 402-933-3902

Synthetic Multi-viscosity Hydraulic Oil

Upgrade your conventional oil to AMSOIL to see and feel the difference! More work using less energy at all temperature extremes. Measurable wear and reduction in deposits as well as a reduction in downtime will save you money.

Call 800-579-0580 for wholesale pricing or to order via phone. 

Online ordering and PDF’s available here

Package sizes include:
5-Gallon Pail
Drums in 30, and 275 gallon.

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. 

 

Motorcycle Oil for your Motorcycle?

Harley-Davisdon Street Bob pushed to maximum heat limits

Motorcycle Oil for your Motorcycle? Ok, so it’s different but what makes AMSOIL better?

Motorcycle engines and automotive engines function differently, and the lubricants that service them have different requirements. Six crucial differences between motorcycle and automotive engines are outlined below to illustrate why oil engineered for motorcycles is the best choice for your bike.

  1. Operational Speed: Motorcycles tend to operate at engine speeds significantly higher than automobiles. This places additional stress on engine components, increasing the need for wear protection, and subjects lubricating oils to higher loading and shear forces. Elevated operating rpm also promote foaming, which can reduce an oil’s load-carrying ability.
  2. Compression Ratios: Motorcycles tend to operate with higher engine compression ratios than automobiles, which places additional stress on engine components and increases engine operating temperatures, placing greater demands on motorcycle oil to reduce wear. Higher operating temperatures also promote thermal degradation of the oil, reducing its life expectancy and accelerating the formation of engine deposits.
  3. Horsepower/Displacement Density: Motorcycle engines typically produce more horsepower per cubic inch than automobile engines, which exposes the oil to higher temperatures and stress.
  4. Variable Engine Cooling: In general, automotive applications use a sophisticated water-cooling system to control engine operating temperature. Similar systems can be found in motorcycle applications, but most are air-cooled or use a combination air/oil design. Operating temperatures in air-cooled bikes can skyrocket in stop-and-go traffic, promoting oxidation and causing oil to thin, reducing their load-carrying ability.
  5. Multiple Lubrication Functionality: Many motorcycles have a common sump supplying oil to both the engine and transmission. In such cases, the oil is required to meet the needs of both the engine and the transmission gears. Many motorcycles also incorporate a wet clutch within the transmission that uses the same oil.
  6. Inactivity: Whereas automobiles are used on a daily basis, motorcycle use is usually periodic and, in many cases, seasonal. These extended periods of inactivity place additional stress on motorcycle oils. In these circumstances, rust and acid corrosion protection are of critical concern.

No matter the conditions or the bike, AMSOIL synthetic motorcycle oils deliver the premium protection and performance your bike deserves. They are designed to control oxidation and maintain viscosity at higher temperatures, promote consistent clutch feel and lengthen clutch life, reduce engine stress and control wear and deposits in high-compression, high-temperatures motorcycle applications. V-twin or metric, AMSOIL has you covered.

Now for the Extreme test!! Hold on to your hat for this one, I was so impressed by this I thought I would grab the text from this AMSOIL brochure. So glad AMSOIL added this whole testing wing to the AMSOIL Center with bays capable of doing multiple tests at once. Watch the video which demonstrates the test laid out within the paragraphs.

red hot dynamometerV-Twins Get Hot

Harley-Davidsons* and other bikes with big V-twin engines generate significant heat, especially in low-speed parades, in rally traffic or on long climbs on hot days. Motor oil plays a critical role in cooling these big air-cooled engines, and even more so in low-speed operation with limited wind generated to cool the bike. If the oil can’t withstand the heat, its ability to protect your bike is compromised.

AMSOIL Synthetic Motorcycle Oil Protects in Extreme Heat

To demonstrate its extreme-heat protection qualities, AMSOIL 20W-50 Synthetic Motorcycle Oil was subjected to a dynamometer test designed to simulate conditions even more extreme than the demanding stop-and-go driving conditions of a motorcycle rally or parade route.

A 2012 Harley-Davidson FXDB Dyna Street Bob* motorcycle equipped with AMSOIL 20W-50 Synthetic Motorcycle Oil was subjected to a strenuous low-speed test cycle, with significant idle time broken by short bursts of engine revving and little to no air moving across the cylinders. Like most Harley-Davidson motorcycles, the Dyna Street Bob features an air-cooled V-twin engine, which relies on cooling fins arrayed along the cylinder walls to conduct heat away. To create the most-severe operating conditions possible, the electronic temperature controls, which safeguard the motorcycle when temperatures reach dangerous levels, were deactivated. The combination of low airflow and inoperative temperature controls allowed the test lab to subject the oil and engine components to intense heat not normally experienced in the real world. Cylinder temperatures reached more than 500°F, and oil temperatures exceeded 300°F – temperatures well into the range where oils begin to break down and often lead to catastrophic failure.

500°F is No Problem The extreme temperatures were no match for AMSOIL Synthetic Motorcycle Oil. After nearly 70 minutes of torturous testing and heat exposure, oil analysis revealed no change in oil viscosity and only minor levels of oxidation, TBN depletion and wear (see graphs).

Dyno Test Results

Not only did AMSOIL Synthetic Motorcycle Oil prevent the engine from overheating and seizing during the extreme dyno test, it did so without losing chemical integrity or ability to protect vulnerable engine components. This stands as further proof that AMSOIL Synthetic Motorcycle Oil provides outstanding protection in even the most compromising and severe high-temperature riding and idling conditions, providing peace of mind that your air-cooled V-twin is protected even in low speeds on hot days. Your bike should never get this hot. If it does, AMSOIL has you covered.

Amsoil 20W-50 motorcycle oil Viscosity and Oxidation tests Amsoil 20W-50 motorcycle oil TBN (Total Base Number) and wear metals test results

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Ford EcoBoost Challenge – AMSOIL Only Oil Choice

Ford EcoBoost

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!!