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Amsoil Tech Guru

Use Lubricant Specifications To Your Advantage

 

Amsoil Tech Guru

Matt Erickson | DIRECTOR, TECHNICAL PRODUCT MANAGEMENT

Specs can be confusing if you miss these three points.

Let’s step back in time for a minute. It’s the 1920s. You’re cruising around town in your Ford* Model A or maybe your Nash* Advanced Six Coupe. You’re off to the theater to see the latest Charlie Chaplin picture. Life is good.

But your car needs motor oil. How can you be sure of the oil’s performance? Will it provide the quality needed to keep your engine humming?

This dilemma is why we have motor oil specifications today. Back then, there was no telling what motorists were getting in each can of oil they purchased. One oil might offer good engine protection while another solidified in the cold, evaporated in the presence of heat and delivered all around poor performance. The industry quickly realized the need for a simple way to assure motorists the oil they were buying wouldn’t ruin their engines.

Setting The Most Basic Standard – The API

Eventually, the American Petroleum Institute (API) introduced its first gasoline motor oil performance specification – API SA. Motorists could look for oils recommended for the API SA specification and know that they were safe to use in vehicles built in 1930 and earlier. Soon, the API SB specification was introduced to supersede the previous specification. Fast forward several decades and now API SN PLUS is the current gasoline motor oil specification, with API SP/ILSAC GF-6 set to be introduced next May.

Side Note: There are still marketers selling SA and SB rated oils which will destroy your engine – Amalie is being sued for selling a product line through Dollar stores. So watch out!! These specifications including the latest are “LOW” minimums.

Today, the market is loaded with lubricant specifications, which is one reason many motorists don’t understand them. In addition to API, there’s ILSAC, ACEA and JASO specifications. And don’t forget the dozens of specifications published by the automakers themselves, like GM* dexos® 1 Gen 2 or Chrysler* MS-6395. Plus, we have several transmission fluid specifications, like MERCON* LV and DEXRON* III.

Clear as mud, right?

Understanding lubricant performance specifications isn’t that difficult if you identify a few key points.

1) A lubricant performance specification is a set of minimum performance standards.

Say you turn to the back of your owner’s manual and see that the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) recommends using a 5W-20 motor oil rated for API SN PLUS. That means you can safely use any 5W-20 motor oil recommended for API SN PLUS. To earn that designation, the oil must demonstrate a minimum level of performance in a range of motor oil bench and engine tests. These tests are designed to screen for wear protection, stability in the presence of heat, engine cleanliness and more. These standards usually set the minimum performance standard for conventional oils, which is a pretty low bar. That means two lubricants recommended for the same specification (API SN PLUS, for example) do not necessarily provide equal performance and protection. Lubricants meeting the specification requirements have only met the minimum performance requirements, leaving room for significant differences in performance.

2) Many OEMs publish their own motor oil performance specifications.

For decades, API and other industry lubricant specifications were the only game in town. Some 3rd parties called it “The lowest Common Denominator”. This kept things relatively simple. Then, General Motors* introduced its GM dexos 1 spec in 2011, further confusing things for consumers. An OEM might determine its engines require oil that offers better performance in certain areas than required by industry specifications, hence the need for its own specification. European OEMs have been doing this for years. Thus European labeled oils…

3) Specifications aren’t the same as brands.

You might hear owners of GM vehicles say that they need to use “dexos oil” in their engines. There’s no such thing as a brand of oil named “dexos.” What the driver means to say is he or she needs to use an oil that is made for the GM dexos specification. This is a key difference because they might falsely think they have to use the OEM-branded fluid to maintain their warranty when they can, in fact, use any oil recommended for the dexos spec.

Lubricant specifications are designed to help motorists, but at the end of the day they’re just recommendations. The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act guarantees you the freedom to choose whichever oil you think is best for your vehicles and equipment. An OEM cannot deny warranty coverage simply based on the oil you use. For the record, AMSOIL recommends consulting your owner’s manual for the recommended viscosity and oil specifications and using an oil that lists those on its label.

Note!! This does not apply in Canada. AMSOIL is working to create a Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act in each providence to protect Canadians as their American counterparts enjoy.

Profits are with set minimums (Specifications) – Performance exists when they are enhanced further

This is where AMSOIL stands apart from all other products which can be sorted into two additional categories.

Lubricant specifications also simply set minimum performance requirements. We’re not satisfied with “minimum” performance here. That’s why customers who want the best protection should use AMSOIL instead of just any old oil recommended for their vehicles. For proof of how AMSOIL products exceed the toughest specifications, visit www.amsoil.com/performancetests.aspx

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!!