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AMSOIL Engine Fogging Oil

fog[1] AMSOIL Engine Fogging Oil offers superior film retention, providing long-term protection against corrosion and dry starts, extending engine life and reducing operating expenses.  It’s aerosol spray formulation offers easy and clean application, while reaching more components and offering complete distribution of the oil, something especially beneficial in applications with horizontal cylinder orientation, such as outboard motors.

AMSOIL Gasoline Stabilizer

ast_new[1] AMSOIL Gasoline Stabilizer reduces the oxidation that occurs when fuel is stored for extended periods, improving performance, extending equipment life and decreasing maintenance expenses.

During storage, fluctuations in ambient temperatures can form condensation within the engine that can cause surface corrosion on cylinder liners, piston rings, anti-friction bearings and steel/iron contact surfaces on rotational seals.  Long periods of storage can also dry out cylinders, often resulting in permanent damage when the equipment is dry-started in the spring.

Are You Prepared for Winter? AMSOIL Can Help.

As the weather now starts to get cooler, and it’s welcome after the hot months here in Florida, this makes for excellent motorcycle and convertible weather.  But for some of you up north, very soon this will mean that it’s time to put these toys away for the winter.  The fall months are the time to place boats, motorcycles, and lawn care equipment into storage and prepare snowmobiles, snowblowers and other vehicles.

AMSOIL products are formulated to provide maximum protection for engines and fuel systems during storage, while AMSOIL synthetic motor oils low pour points provide superior cold-temperature protection and performance in two- and four-stroke winter equipment.

Fall Storage Protection

Gasoline can break down in as little as 60 days, causing varnish and gums that clog injectors, fuel lines and carburetors, leading to poor engine performance and starting problems. In many applications, draining the fuel system can be impractical, and doing so can expose the system to corrosion on the bare metal in the tank and the fuel system and cause gasket and seal cracking.

In the next few posts I will go over some of the various products AMSOIL has available to help during storage and over the winter months.

Have You Had a Good AMSOIL Experience?

Now that I’ve been setting up my AMSOIL booth publicly again, I’ve had people come up to me and tell me their experiences with AMSOIL, how it saved their engine, cooler temps on their motorcycles, etc.  These range from things they have noticed, to major issues that were prevented.  I’ll start off my experience:

my_van[1] Back around 1999 I bought a 1989 Ford E-150 Conversion van with the standard Ford 5.0 engine.  I converted it over to AMSOIL and then in May of that year for my oil change I used the Series 2000 0W-30 (now upgraded and called the Signature Series 0W-30).  Around July of that year my water pump went out.  I drove approx 30+ miles to visit my parents as it was just starting to act up but didn’t turn into a waterfall until I was there and refilled the radiator before leaving.  On my trip back I was out of fluid almost immediately, but needed to get home.  I had read and been told all sorts of similar testimonials, that I decided to give it a shot and hit the highway.  I believed in AMSOIL so it was time to test it!

The older AMSOIL Series 2000 0W-30, the oil I was using at the timeI traveled about 3/4 of the way when she started to get sluggish and I pulled off the next exit and inched along until it wouldn’t go any further and had to stop.  I let it cool for about half an hour, made and attempt to add a gallon or two of water from the convenience store which turned immediately into steam, not even enough was left to drain underneath.  I managed to get her home the last few miles.

The next day I did have it towed to a friends shop where we swapped the water pump out.  I told him to leave the oil in, which he wanted to change for having been beaten on so hard and even more so in the Florida summer heat.  The van ran fine after…until around February the next year when I developed a leak again somewhere.  I couldn’t find it and would fill the radiator before heading to work the 8 miles, then fill it for the trip home.  Temp gauge was always pegged about halfway again.  With my work schedule, I had to do this for about 4 days before I was back in my friend’s shop.  We managed to trace down the leak and fix it.

The current version of the oil: AMSOIL Signature Series 0W-30 May rolled around, one year since the oil change and about 11,000 miles later on the oil along with those two incidents.  This oil was rated (and still is) for 35,000 miles or one year drain intervals.  I sent a sample off for oil analysis after i changed the oil.  When the results came back, I was amazed that the results didn’t look much different than previous ones with no severe problems like I had encountered.  Their recommendation:  good for continued use!

This was my first “real” test of the AMSOIL quality.  I have many other stories from customers and friends that I will be sharing over time.  Do you have one you’d like to share?

Read more about the Signature Series 0W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil.

Toolbar Updated, Order Online Now!

While my Web Site is still behind the times on some information (and I want to redo it once again), and the growing popularity of social networking and connecting with more people this way lately, I have been focusing my attention on getting the various social sites up to par.  But while not really a social site and a convenient tool for my customers and followers, I have also been doing some revamping of the Technilube.com Toolbar.


When I first made the toolbar, I wanted it to be a quick access for information on my Web Site.  As I use the toolbar all the time myself, mostly for my Google searches, I realized it could be better, and also more simple for when you are ready to get information, vehicle applications, and order.

With that thought, I have changed many of the links away from my site, and directly to the various information locations at Amsoil Corporate, so that you have the latest product information when you need it, as well as a quick and easy way to see pricing (something not accessible before) and order information.  You can also sign up for the Preferred Customer Wholesale Buying Membership or request information on the other wholesale buying options by using the links on it.

Some other conveniences allow you to see the feeds to my blog entries, and the Amsoil Corporate ones, including their Racing activities.  It has easy access to my Facebook Page and Twitter feeds, plus a quick link to open a small window to get into your own profiles, and some other chat options and links.

Hopefully, besides being a convenient way to get the latest Amsoil Synthetics information you might be looking for right away, it also has a few features that make it a more versatile toolbar for everyday use.  I will continue to make better changes as I think of them and based on your feedback.

If you don’t have the toolbar yet, take a look, try it out, and let me know what you think.

Amsoil Official Press Release

October 1, 2010

AMSOIL Reformulates XL Synthetic Oils with Extended Drain Boost

AMSOIL announces the reformulation of its Extended Life XL Synthetic Motor Oils, now available in four different viscosities with a bold new packaging design. The new XL oils contain Extended Drain Boost for longer service life in keeping with the lengthening oil change intervals of newer cars. XL has been formulated to meet the more stringent ILSAC GF?5 and API SN service categories and offers better engine protection for reduced maintenance costs in gasoline engines.

AMSOIL XL Synthetic Motor Oils employ an extra treatment of alkaline additives added to premium synthetic base stocks to neutralize acids. The extra additive package effectively raises the total base number (TBN) and resists shear to provide superior performance throughout the entire drain interval of up to 10,000 miles or six months, whichever comes first.

Fuel efficient AMSOIL XL Synthetic Motor Oils provide better fuel economy compared to conventional motor oils.

AMSOIL XL Synthetic Motor Oils are also friendly toward modern emission control systems and help maintain low emissions. Thermal breakdown effects including evaporation and viscosity loss are also significantly reduced, while providing excellent hot and cold engine protection.

AMSOIL XL Synthetic Motor Oils are available in SAE 5W?20, 5W?30, 10W?30 and 10W?40 viscosities in quarts, gallons, 30? and 55?gallon drums and 275 gallon totes.

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.

News Contact:
Ed Newman
Director of Advertising

Working with My Facebook Page

Facebook A few years ago I made a Facebook Page for my business, but never did much more with it as I wasn’t sure what to do, and my MySpace page was my main social networking business site.  Recently I read some interesting statistics about Facebook, and as I’ve been drifting away from MySpace, like so many other users, to having fun with Facebook and connect with more friends, I decided to take another look at the Amsoil Page I made there.  It seems based on users, Facebook is the fourth largest country in the world!  With that being said, and finding out more what I can so with a page there, in the past week I completely revamped it.  I’m adding new videos (on MySpace and YouTube as well), pictures, a feed to show what I’m writing here, and in general trying to make it a fun place to visit, informative, and where too look for events/shows I may be at and status updates.  If you haven’t been to the page (www.facebook.com/TechnilubeCom), take a look, let me know what you think, “Like” it there and pass on the word.  Thanks.

I still do work with my MySpace page, for those who know me from there, but will probably be focusing for a bit on Facebook to get it rolling more.  You can also follow my status updates on Twitter, and numerous other social sites, but these are all linked, so chances are if you are following one now, you will see the same status updates on all the others.

Amsoil Reformulated XL Oil Now Rated for 10,000 Mile Oil Drains!

10000Amsoil has announced this month that they have a new formula for their XL Line of Synthetic Oils.  Previously this oil was rated for 7,500 mile or six month drains, but the new recommendation has extended this to 10,000 miles or more, if longer drains are recommended by the vehicle manufacturer or oil analysis shows the oil is good for continued use.  This is a 33% increase in the interval, however, the pricing on this new formula will remain the same as the previous XL Line.

Another change in the oil is that it now meets the new ILSAC GF-5, API SN, and GM dexos 1 (5W-30) oil specifications.  It uses premium base oils, a robust additive package and, what Amsoil is calling “extended-drain boost” technology.  They are API certified.  The oil is compatible with the previous XL oils, but if mixed, use it at the previous recommended 7,500 mile drain.

With this new oil, you can use any filter for the full 10,000 mile interval, Wix being an option, however if you want the best filter protection, use the Amsoil Ea Oil Filter to help reduce engine wear.

To read more on these new oils, you can visit the Amsoil Corporate Storefront with pricing and all the specifications, or contact me directly.  The new XL Line of oils comes in the same viscosities as before:  5W-20, 5W-30, 10W-30, and 10W-40.

Should you be interested in drains longer than 10,000 miles or six months, the other Amsoil oil lines still offer drains of 15,000-35,000 miles or one year.

Bumble Bee Auto Sales is Up and Running

Bumble Bee Auto SalesAll the hoops to get Bumble Bee Auto Sales open have finally been completed and we are open for business.  Right now we are simply taking orders for customers, and we have had a waiting list through the paperwork process already, but intend to expand to a full lot in the next coming months as we find a location suitable.  But if you are looking for a vehicle, whether here in Florida, or anywhere else, let as know.  We do have the connections to ship, and have many contacts to find what you are interested in at a good price.

We still have some technical issues to go through, so email is probably the best method to reach us for the immediate moment.  I can be reached at mike@bumblebeeautosales.com.  The phone number, which is up, but only has generic Voice Mail as we still are getting the lines tweaked, is 407-392-8888.  This should be fully up and staffed within a few days.

Oil Quality in the News Again, Many Failing Specs

The Lube Report

Last week one of the e-newsletters I get, the Lube Report, printed a report on some testing done by the Petroleum Quality Institute of America (PQIA) that found several oils claiming to meet certain new specs, really didn’t.  The viscosity tested was a 5W-30, and some were out of this range when tested.  Also they didn’t meet the current SM specification guidelines that is now required for new oils and vehicles by the API.  Only a small sample of oils were done in this testing and there was some question as to whether some of those even were certified to meet the API specs claimed on the bottle because they didn’t appear on the APIs Web Site.  This was clarified this week with the following statement:

Early editions of "Motor Oil Buyers, Beware" last week said that Pilot- and Sheetz-branded 5W-30 oils claimed to be API-licensed but were not, because they did not appear in API’s directory of licensed products. After the story was published, API’s Kevin Ferrick said, "API inadvertently left the Sheetz product off the Pinnacle Oil license, and the Pilot license expired because of some delays related to the renewal process. I expect both licensing issues to be rectified soon." Both products are now correctly listed at API’s website.

Here is the article link:  Motor Oil Buyers, Beware.

But now a week later, yet another report was released in the Lube Report, of testing done by Institute of Materials and finding 16% of the oils in their testing didn’t meet the SM Rating.  They did point out some of the specs were just outside the range, but to me, the fact remains, they didn’t pass and why make oil so close to the edge of the spec range that it can fail the test at one point, yet pass another?  Wouldn’t you want your oil to remain stable enough to pass every time?  This test took 250 oils and put them through their paces, and found 40 of them failed.

Here is the article link:  Research Finds 16% of SM Oils are Flawed.

One test mentioned above is the NOACK Volatility test, and the top end of the range is 15% before it fails.  This test measures how much oil evaporates under certain conditions.  15% is a lot and the main concern of the API, and has caused the requirement for such low zinc and phosphate levels, for fear of damaging the catalytic converter.  Amsoil oils come no where near this loss.  You can see by the graphic below how one of Amsoil’s most common oils, their 5W-30, rated in this tested to other popular brands.  This test is also a concern for Amsoil, since this oil is rated for 25,000 miles or a one year drain interval.  You don’t want your oil disappearing under heat conditions and falling out of spec during these type of extended drains.