We all hate to see increases in the prices of stuff we use and like and in the current economy it is always another blow when we don’t seem to be making any more money, but the stuff we use keeps going up. Gas prices are one we all know about. All these increases end up trickling down and then trickling from our wallets.
Amsoil is aware of this and hates increases as much as we do, and is one of the reasons they hold off as long as possible. I’ve even been told they will take a hit in shipping costs just to try and help get products into our hands.
But after about a year of Amsoil prices holding steady, they announced an increase earlier this year taking place beginning of March. Some of you might have read my post about this on my Amsoil Facebook Page. But Amsoil is not the only one with increases, many of the other oil manufacturers are doing the same. Most recently announced was BP and Valvoline with an average increase of about 8% for all their oil, both petroleum and synthetic. Fortunately as the new pricing has come out for us Amsoil Dealers, not everything is going up. For example the newly released Amsoil OE Oils have remained unchanged. And the Amsoil XL oils will only be increasing roughly 2%. In fact, the highest increase for Amsoil is about 4%, half of the others.
Now considering that BP (Castrol) and Valvoline both use a Group III petroleum base stock for their synthetic and are increasing by 8% and Amsoil’s equivalent OE and XL oils changing very little, if at all, the Amsoil increase is really not much of a factor. The Amsoil OE oils are made with the highest quality Group III base and are designed to compete with this market in the same pricing and interval drains. The Amsoil XL oils have been designed for Extended Life with 10,000 mile or six month drains. And then the Original Amsoil oil line still offers 25,000 mile or one year drains and the Signature Series oil up to 35,000, the modest increase is nominal for what you are getting. Especially when considering the other manufacturers are raising by 8% for a normal drain oil. Do the math and decide which drain works best for you and by cost, Amsoil still comes out on top.
The following article comes from Lube and Greases with their report on the price increase by BP and Valvoline:
Valvoline, BP Hike Lube Prices
By George Gill
Ashland’s Valvoline and BP’s Castrol joined the ranks of U.S. lubricant suppliers that recently notified customers of finished lubricant price mark ups, echoing others in citing increased costs for raw materials.
Valvoline customers received letters Jan. 13 outlining price increases averaging up to 8 percent effective Feb. 14, varying by sku and segment.
“This price adjustment is a result of various market factors, including cost increases in base stocks and other raw materials,” Valvoline’s letter stated.
BP Lubricants USA in a Jan. 20 letter informed customers that Castrol would increase prices up to 8 percent effective March 7 on all passenger cars, motorcycle, commercial and ancillary products, including synthetics, in all package types.
In its notice, BP pointed to the increase in base oil and other raw material costs in the marketplace. “Due to the current volatility in the market, additional increases should be anticipated,” its letter stated.
Do you have a Ford Expedition and have been thinking of installing the Amsoil Dual Remote Filtration System but were looking for ideas where? Here is one that was recently sent in:
The Dual Remote Filtration System (BMK23) was installed on a 2008 Ford Expedition equipped with a 5.4L V8. Since it’s 2WD, there is a lot of room for mounting in front of the axle, behind the front bumper. The kit comes with all the necessary hardware, but I custom made part of the bracket in order to fit it where I wanted. A spin-on adapter was used to attach the feed and return lines to the engine. Installing the system behind the front bumper requires no more than 18” of hose for either line. The EaO15 Full Flow Filter and EaBP90 By-Pass Filter used sit well above the frame rails and are easy to get to. System capacity increased from seven quarts to almost nine.
2008 Ford Expedition 5.4L V8 2WD
The area behind the front bumper allows ample room
Less than 18” of hose is required for either the feed
or return lines.
Filters are easy to access and sit well above the
Amsoil released this information on why they have introduced new Ea Oil Filters that address some of the concerns of certain engines:
Group includes reintroduction of Ea Oil Filters for several popular Toyota applications.
Modern engine design trends have resulted in some vehicles that present multiple challenges to filtration engineers, especially those who are focused on delivering extended service life. In order to remain serviceable for an extended period, a filter must ensure adequate capacity while maintaining sufficient efficiency throughout the specified interval. This is often accomplished in part through the use of high efficiency media and a slightly larger can to increase capacity.
Barriers to Extended Service
Vehicle manufacturers are under tremendous pressure to provide fuel efficient vehicles that produce fewer emissions than their predecessors. In fact, government mandates require automakers to meet specific fuel efficiency and emissions benchmarks or face steep monetary penalties. Vehicle original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) employ a variety of techniques to improve efficiency and reduce emissions, and nearly all of them negatively impact motor oil and oil filtration.
Smaller Sumps, Smaller Filters, More Contaminants
To meet the demand for greater efficiency, OEMs are offering smaller, more aerodynamic cars. They have also introduced several new engine technologies designed to deliver greater power out of smaller, more fuel-efficient engines, which often rely on turbos or unique fuel injection systems that can increase the amount of contaminants introduced into the oil. As these cars have become smaller, engine compartments have become too tight to use a filter of increased size. This, coupled with the trend toward smaller oil sumps in many of these applications, results in an extremely challenging task for oil filters.
Additional Contaminant Generation
To meet the demand for reduced emissions, OEMs are applying a number of methods, including exhaust gas recirculation (EGR). EGR works by recycling a small amount of spent exhaust gas back into the combustion chamber. Some of the side-effects of EGR include less-efficient combustion, increased temperatures and increased acids; all of which add to the oil filter’s workload.
AMSOIL Overcomes Obstacles
For some of these applications extending the service life of the oil filter would seem impossible. Smaller sump sizes, some historically sludgy engines and smaller filter sizes, combined with increased contaminants in the engine oil, present a serious challenge to filtration engineers. AMSOIL has overcome all those obstacles with its introduction of 15,000-mile Ea Oil Filters (EA15K). There are 11 15,000-mile Ea Filters in all, including some that were previously available as 25,000-mile filters. While AMSOIL has had no issues with these filters, the engine technologies used in the vehicles to which they apply are simply too demanding on an oil filter to continue offering 25,000-mile intervals. Also included in the group of 15,000- mile Ea Oil Filters are a number of filters (EA15K09, EA15K10, EA15K13) that were either discontinued or available only at OEM-recommended intervals due to the engine design issues outlined in AMSOIL Technical Service Bulletins.
15,000-Mile Ea Oil Filter Notes
Ea Oil Filters recommended for 15,000- mile service intervals are designated by the product code EA15K. These filters have been redesigned, but still feature the same premium nanofiber synthetic media as their 25,000-mile counterparts. In addition to some slight packaging modifications, AMSOIL has identified existing Ea Oil Filters moving from 25,000- to 15,000-mile intervals by placing stickers on the boxes.
As renewal for the Central Florida HHO Meetup Group I formed here in Orlando almost two years ago is coming up in a few days, and I’ve been doing a few other ventures lately, as well as interest in HHO having died down a bit publicly, I will be stepping down as Organizer. If someone would like to take it over, it has very good ranking when you look up HHO locally in Google. Last I checked it actually held the number one slot. Hopefully whoever takes over the reigns will have more time to organize things.
My original idea was to have monthly meetings where people show their systems, get together, and make a local club that could also appear at various events, car shows, etc. I’m still interested in being a member and making the events and Meetups that do get organized. I can connect the new Organizer with the person at the Coffee Shop we held our one meet at, if this was a good location for everyone.
As prices are creeping up again at the pump, I’m sure HHO curiosity will start to develop once more like the boom we had a few years ago and what got me more involved. I still am curious to see what is being produced and results people are getting. There were many systems that seemed promising including the HHO Monster system I was working with and Matt (the owner of HHO Monster) has on his vehicles and using with success, as well as the one Green Gas LLC was developing and having success with. Hopefully these developers keep pushing forward to make HHO a viable option for everyone in the future.
So if someone is interested in taking over and taking the group to the next level, let me know so I can “transfer command.”
AMSOIL Press Release
November 9, 2010
AMSOIL Introduces European Car Formula 5W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil
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:
ACEA A3/B3, A3/B4
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 go to www.amsoil.com .
Director of Advertising
AMSOIL Press Release
November 9, 2010
AMSOIL Introduces Attractively Priced OE Synthetic Motor Oil in Three Viscosities
AMSOIL announces a new line of attractively priced synthetic oils available in three different viscosities. OE Synthetic Motor Oils provide excellent protection and performance throughout the entire length of original equipment manufacturers’ recommended drain intervals.
AMSOIL OE Synthetic Motor Oils, fortified with friction modifiers, are designed to provide better fuel economy compared to conventional motor oils and reduce friction-related energy loss. It promotes proper operation of catalytic converters for optimum service life and low exhaust emissions. It is fortified with high levels of detergent and dispersant additives to resist sludge and carbon deposits, promoting clean operation for longer lasting engines.
An increasing number of vehicle manufacturers are recommending drain intervals beyond the traditional 3,000 miles with some recommending up to 12,000 miles with electronic oil monitoring systems. AMSOIL OE Synthetic Motor Oils resist chemical breakdown for maximum wear protection(and peace of mind) well beyond the traditional 3,000 mile oil change interval.
OE Synthetic Motor Oils are a cost-effective alternative to conventional motor oils while furnishing vehicles with the same high and low temperature protection, increased fuel economy and better wear control as other leading AMSOIL synthetic motor oils.
AMSOIL OE Synthetic Motor Oils are available in SAE 5W-20, 5W-30 and 10W-30 viscosities in quarts, 30- and 55-gallon drums and 275 gallon totes. The new competitively priced motor oil is rated API SN, ILSAC GF-5, with the SAE 5W-30 viscosity recommended for the new GM dexos1 specification.
Recommended for use in all types of gasoline-fueled engines.
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 go to www.amsoil.com.
Director of Advertising
As most of you reading this blog know, AMSOIL was the first API rated full synthetic oil on the market in 1972 with Mobil 1 following up a few years. And as we have seen, nearly every oil maker now offers some type of synthetic oil and many OE manufacturers are requiring synthetics in their products. Amsoil paved the way for the synthetic market. But one thing most lubricant makers haven’t ventured into is the extended drain intervals that AMSOIL offers. My guess is because of the additional costs to make a better quality product that is capable of running longer. Mobil 1 did originally, but then dropped that recommendation when changing their formula to compete with the many other lower cost regular interval synthetics that began to emerge. A few years ago they ventured back into it with their Extended Performance line, which now offers 15,000 mile drains, but is only recommended for vehicles out of warranty. AMSOIL offers their warranty on any mechanically sound vehicle, even those that just drove off of the showroom floor.
But the synthetic market is still small, with a very small percentage of owners actually using it, and then a very small percentage of that using any sort of extended drain oil. Approximately 92% of the market using synthetics are buying oils that still recommend the standard 3000 mile drain or maybe longer, depending on the recommendations of vehicle manufacturer. And since AMSOIL oils fall into this small percentage within synthetics, and all the other manufacturers are benefitting from the whole idea that AMSOIL created, AMSOIL is now releasing a new line of oil to take back the market from the other brands.
Enter AMSOIL OE Synthetic Motor Oil! This new oil is designed to be a standard drain oil, which can vary from 3000 miles on up, again depending on what the vehicle manufacturer recommends. This oil is made up of the same quality components that the new line of AMSOIL XL is using, only it does not have the “Extended Drain Boost Technology” of additives for the 10,000 mile drain. This addresses the concerns of some who are hesitant taking advantage of any type of extended drain oil, change their oil regardless, don’t drive much, or the price concern some have that Amsoil costs a bit more than other brands. While I can explain the amount of savings the other lines of AMSOIL offer, drains up to 35,000 miles, and how inexpensive this makes the oil to use over time, for some the initial purchase, drains, or both, are still a concern. AMSOIL OE is then the oil of choice! At under $6 per quart, it will retail right in line with other synthetics, and with the wholesale buying options available, it doesn’t cost much more than some of good quality petroleum oils! This means it is possible to get a quality AMSOIL Synthetic Oil change for $30 or less!
Like the AMSOIL XL line, AMSOIL OE meets all of the latest specs: SN, ILSAC GF-5, as well as GM dexos1 (5W-30). I’m expecting this oil to become a very popular seller. Watch out Mobil 1, Castrol Syntec, Valvoline SynPower, and Quaker State Horse Power! You entered the synthetic market to get a piece of the pie. Now AMSOIL is looking at the imitators and going to take that part you carved for yourselves back.
It’s been a while since I have posted anything here about HHO. As time went on, since last working with the system on my Mustang, it seems the overall public curiosity has died down. My guess? What someone once said to me: we all have now gotten used to $2.70 per gallon. The next spike in HHO interest I’m guessing will be when the next gas crunch hits.
One theory I recently was told, is we may hit a big one around 2015. It seems the percentage of oil being pumped from the ground is going down every year. It’s not that it isn’t there, but the "pockets" that the wells are tapped into need to fill up from the oil around it in the ground, but this doesn’t happen as quickly as some of the pumping, so the one report I was told was because of this, the actual annual production decreases a bit each year with no new wells being built to tap the other resources and "pockets" that are full and available. There apparently is plenty of oil, it just involves the getting the technology to reach it, or even being allowed to build a well at all. Because of this, there has been some early speculation that we might hit a gas crunch with barrels averaging around $150! This could mean $5-8 per gallon at the pumps, which spawned another theory that the high MPG engines we have now, like the diesel powered VW TDi that can push 50 MPG, will be in higher demand then and probably cost more as well. The person I was speaking with was speculating that if people are in the market for a new vehicle now, they might want to consider one of these types of vehicles and hybrids while they still are lower in cost and not as popular as the bigger vehicles. He also speculated that most manufacturers will probably get away from the larger V8 type engines in favor of the 4-cylinder turbos, where you can have the MPG of a smaller engine, but still the power of a bigger one when needed as the turbo spools up. Because of this, I also believe the bigger interest in HHO technology will be kicked off once more, probably as soon as the prices start to change. The last price increases caused the spike of interest, including my own. Hopefully there will be some manufacturers and home builders that have perfected the systems even further by then.
AMSOIL DOMINATOR and INTERCEPTOR Synthetic 2-Cycle Oils provide exceptional performance in snowmobile and other two-stroke equipment. AMSOIL DOMINATOR is formulated with heavier base oils for “on the edge” operation, while also protecting pistons and bearings subjected to the rigors of extreme riding.
AMSOIL INTERCEPTOR is engineered specifically for power-sports applications and engines equipped with exhaust power valves. It contains the finest synthetic base oils and additives for exceptional cleanliness, while controlling exhaust valve sticking and providing outstanding overall lubrication.
Conventional oils thicken in the cold, which can result in inadequate lubrication to critical engine parts at cold start-up, or even prevent the engine from starting.
AMSOIL Formula 4-Stroke Power Sports Synthetic Motor Oil provides serious protection and performance in four-stroke engines, including ATVs and snowmobiles. It’s broad 0W-40 viscosity rating effectively protects in both hot and cold temperature extremes.
AMSOIL Formula 4-Stroke Synthetic Small Engine Oil provides exceptional protection in the severe-service conditions common in both gasoline- and diesel-fueled small engines, including welders, skidsteers, compressors, snowblowers and more. It remains fluid at subzero temperatures for superior cold-weather protection.