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Which AMSOIL Products Are Recommended
For Your Vehicles?
OEMs Inflate Price of Inferior
Lubes to Profit From Consumer Assumptions of Quality
Original equipment manufacturers
(OEMs) typically recommend their own brands of motor oils
and lubricants for their equipment. Consumers believe those
"brand name" lubes are the best for the motorcycles,
snowmobiles, ATVs, outboard motors and other recreational
equipment they buy.
"Consumers often operate
under the premise that the manufacturer not only knows what's
best for the equipment but also provides the best," said
Dave Anderson, AMSOIL technical product manager. "Their
impression is that the OEM oils are always the best, and in
many cases nothing could be further from the truth."
Anderson has more than 25 years of experience at AMSOIL and
has conducted numerous comparison tests throughout that time.
Consumers falsely assume OEMs
actually manufacture the oils and lubes that carry their brand
However, OEMs typically buy
low-cost and sometimes low-quality oils from lubricant manufacturers,
put their labels on them and send them out for distribution
"Manufacturers can command
higher prices simply because the consumer perceives it to
be more appropriate for the application," Anderson said.
Contrary to consumers perception,
research indicates OEM lubes often aren't equal to the performance
quality of the cheapest aftermarket oils on store shelves.
do know more about the equipment," Anderson said. "If
indeed they know what's best for their product, their lubricants
should outperform - or at least meet the performance levels
of - the other products out there. But results show that in
most cases OEM oils were inferior to others."
Consumers are sometimes let
to believe that using any other oils or lubricants will void
their factory warranties.
The federal Magnuson-Moss Act
of 1975 was enacted to protect consumers. It says in part:
"No warrantor of a consumer product may condition his
written or implied warranty of such product on the consumer's
using, in connection with such product, any article or service
(other than article or service provided without charge under
the terms of the warranty) which is identified by brand, trade
or corporate name." - United States Code, Title 15, Chapter
50, Section 2302 (c).
Results of lubrication comparison
4-Ball Wear Protection Test
ASTM D-4172 4-Ball Wear Test determines an oil's ability
to minimize wear in case of metal-to-metal contact.
Four steel balls are placed
in the test oil with one held in place and rotated under a
prescibed load and temperature against the other three.
After a one-hour period of constant
load, speed and temperature, the lower three balls are inspected
at the point of contact. Wear appears as a single scar on
each of the balls. The lower the average scar diameter, the
better the wear protection of the oil.
20W-50 Synthetic Motorcycle Oil (MCV) offers significantly
better wear protection than competing OEM motorcycle oils.
Temperature/High Shear Test measures an oil's viscosity
(thickness) at high temperatures under shearing forces. Shear
stable oils that are able to maintain high viscosity at high
temperatures perform well in the HTHS Test. The test combines
viscosity, shear stability and viscosity index. It's important
because bearings require the greatest level of protection
during high temperature operation. The higher the test result,
the greater the level of protection offered by the oil.
20W-50 Synthetic Motorcycle Oil significantly outperformed
competing OEM motorcycle oils in High
Temperature/High Shear Testing.
"In order for AMSOIL to
do our job properly, we have to have an intimate knowledge
of the products it's going to be used in," Anderson said.
"We focus on the lubrication needs. We know more about
how to meet those needs because that's our job. We make the
best motor oils and lubricants - that's what we do."
More AMSOIL Performance Tests |
Why Motor Oil Deteriorates
It is common knowledge
that, at some point, engine oil must be changed. It's something
that is preached relentlessly to vehicle owners by vehicle
manufacturers, quick lubes and oil companies. But consumers
are widely unaware of what exactly makes oil changes necessary.
Many factors contribute
to a motor oil's demise, but it is essentially the accumulation
of contaminants in the oil and chemical changes in the oil
itself that make a motor unfit for further service. With time,
it is inevitable that the oil will be contaminated by dirt
or sludge, or succumb to the extreme pressures or temperatures
found inside an engine. AMSOIL Motor Oils are formulated with
the industry's most advanced synthetic base stocks and additive
packages to combat the forces that deteriorate conventional
What is the NOACK Volatility
Volatization is a term used to describe
what happens to a fluid as it is heated to the point it begins
to "boil off." Upon reaching a certain temperature,
oil will begin to lose some of its lighter weight molecules
as they "boil off" and leave heavier weight molecules
behind. Not only does this cause higher oil consumption, this
process can also cause increased viscosity making the oil
more difficult to circulate through the lubrication system.
Quality Takes Priority at AMSOIL
The AMSOIL chemical
laboratory plays an important role in the daily operations
at AMSOIL headquarters. The lab fulfills tech service requests,
performs competitor testing and comparisons, and works on
the research and development of products at AMSOIL. One of
the most important jobs at the lab is quality control. AMSOIL
is known for formulating high-quality products and the AMSOIL
chemists ensure that everything coming in and going out meets
AMSOIL standards. How do they do it? (read
Synthetic Motor Oils offer the longest drain intervals
on the market, unsurpassed protection and performance that
effectively extends equipment life and improved fuel economy,
saving customers money at the pump and reducing the nation's
dependence on foreign oil.
INC. warrants that the use of its lubricants will not cause
mechanical damage to any mechanically sound equipment when
AMSOIL INC. products are used in full compliance with the
company's recommendations and instructions."
synthetic motor oils are formulated to surpass engine test
specifications, offering protection far greater than competing
motor oils for extended drain intervals. Most synthetic oil
manufacturers make no claim to extended drain intervals, deferring
to the maintenance schedule provided by the vehicle manufacturer.
With its unparalleled oil and warranty program, AMSOIL offers
consumers unprecedented protection and economics.
More than 20 years
ago, AMSOIL began using the NOACK volatility test as a comparison
tool and measurement of quality. Back then, nearly every oil
tested side-by-side with AMSOIL synthetic motor oils failed,
and those that passed barely squeaked by. Other oil companies
paid no attention to NOACK results until Ford Motor Company
made it a requirement for service fill oils, validating what
AMSOIL had said all along.
NOACK Volatility Test
Volatility Test determines the evaporation loss
of lubricants in high temperature service. The more
motor oils vaporize, the thicker and heavier they become,
contributing to poor circulation, reduced fuel economy
and increased oil consumption, wear and emissions. AMSOIL
Synthetic Motor Oil resists high temperature volatization
better than other motor oils. AMSOIL Synthetic Motor
Oil maintains peak fuel efficiency and reduces oil consumption
AMSOIL Now An ISO Certified
received ISO 9001:2000 certification of our Quality Management
System (QMS). NSF International Strategic Registrations is
the registrar that has verified our QMS meets the requirements
of the ISO 9001:2000 standard, the most widely utilized quality
standard throughout the world for quality management systems.
ISO standards are used by over 300,000 companies worldwide
setting rigorous standards for businesses, government and
is applicable to any manufacturing and service organization
providing a framework for system development that focuses
on the customer, quality system performance and ongoing improvement.
AMSOIL received ISO 9001:2000 registration under the scope:
synthetic lubricants blending, packaging, and other fulfillment
directly associated with lubricant product.
certification puts AMSOIL in line with some of the most efficient
companies in the world. It is further assurance that the products
and services AMSOIL provides will continue to maintain the
high level of quality the company always demanded.
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