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AMSOIL Synthetic Diesel Oil Greatly Outperforms Minimum Standards

Shell* recently announced that a sample of “Mobil Delvac 1300* Super 15W-40 did not meet the passing limits for either API CK-4 performance standards, nor the more stringent requirements for Volvo*, MACK* and Cummins*.” The 360-hour Volvo T-13 test measures both oxidation and Kinematic Viscosity, indicating an oil’s ability to resist thermal and chemical breakdown and maintain its protective viscosity in the severe operating environments experienced by diesel engines. Oxidation resistance is critical in order to protect against oil thickening and deposit formation and extend engine life.

https://www.haldimandsyntheticoil.ca/amsoil-diesel-oil-guide/synthetic-diesel-oil/

AMSOIL has earned the trust of diesel enthusiasts and people who depend on diesel power to make a living. We engineer our synthetic diesel oils to exceed minimum standards and outperform the competition. In independent laboratory testing, AMSOIL Signature Series Max-Duty Synthetic Diesel Oil passed the Volvo T-13 oil oxidation test with flying colors (see graphs below), and it provides 6X more engine protection1, keeping hard-working diesel engines on the road and on the job.

*All trademarked names are the property of their respective owners and may be registered marks in some countries. No affiliation or endorsement claim, express or implied, is made by their use.

1than required by the Detroit Diesel DD13 Scuffing Test for Specification DFS 93K222 using 5W-30 as worst-case representation.

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Should You Be Wary About Using Break In Oil in Powersports Equipment?

Maintaining an engine is a constant fight against wear. Over time, wear not only results in expensive damage, it reduces compression, robbing your engine of power.


That’s why it can be tough to accept that “controlled wear” during a new or rebuilt engine’s break in period is critical to maximizing its power and longevity.

Take a seat

One of the primary reasons to break in an engine is to seat the piston rings, and that means allowing the rings and piston skirt to carefully wear down the peaks (called asperities) on the cylinder wall.

The images show what we mean.

Although a new or freshly honed cylinder appears smooth to the naked eye, it contains microscopic peaks and valleys. If the valleys are too deep, they collect excess oil, which burns during combustion and leads to oil consumption.

The sharp peaks, meanwhile, provide insufficient area to allow the rings to seat tightly. That means highly pressurized combustion gases can blow past the rings and into the crankcase, contaminating the oil and taking potential horsepower with it.

Breaking in the engine wears the cylinder-wall asperities, providing increased surface area for the rings to seat tightly. The result is maximum compression (i.e. power) and minimum oil consumption.

Getting the shaft

That brings us to the other primary reason to break-in an engine: to season, or harden, the flat-tappet cam. Flat-tappet cams can wear out faster than their roller-cam cousins, especially in engines modified with high-tension valve springs.

And cam wear is bad. Really bad. Worn lobes or tappets affect valve lift and duration, which reduces engine power and efficiency. In extreme cases, increased pressure can remove material from the lobes and deposit it in the oil, where it circulates through the engine and causes damage. Break-in helps harden the metal so it’s more resilient to wear.

That raises a critical question: How do we simultaneously allow controlled wear to the cylinder wall/piston rings while protecting the cam against wear? Those two tasks seem mutually exclusive.

In a word, oil

The solution is to use a properly formulated break in oil that allows controlled wear at the cylinder wall/piston interface, but that also protects the cam lobes and tappets from wear.

How do we accomplish this black magic?

Most break in oils, including AMSOIL Break-In Oil, use conventional base oils. Compared to their higher-quality synthetic counterparts, conventional base oils result in a thinner, less durable protective oil film on engine parts. The thinner fluid film allows controlled wear at the cylinder wall/ring interface.

But what about the cam? Won’t it wear, too?

ZDDP

That’s where anti-wear additives come into play. ZDDP anti-wear additives are heat-activated, meaning they provide wear protection in areas of increased friction. In this case, it’s at the cam lobe/tappet interface. The additives form a sacrificial layer on the surface of parts, which absorbs contact and helps prevent cam and tappet wear.

As a rule of thumb, a good break in oil should be formulated with at least 1,000 ppm ZDDP. At AMSOIL, we take it a few steps further; our Break-In Oil contains 2,200 ppm zinc and 2,000 ppm phosphorus.
http://shop.haldimandsyntheticoil.ca/motor-oil/racing/break-in-oil-sae-30/

How long does break in require?

Another rule of thumb states you should season a flat-tappet cam by running the engine above 2,500 rpm for 15 minutes.

As for seating the rings, our testing has shown it can take as little as seven dyno passes. That time varies depending on the engine, ring tension, cylinder hone and other factors.

If you don’t have access to a dyno, follow the engine builder’s or manufacturer’s recommendations. If none are provided, consult the recommendations on the break in oil label. In general, run the engine under light-to-moderate loads for about 500 miles. Again, that duration is a rule of thumb, but break in shouldn’t exceed 1,000 miles. Then, drain the break-in oil, install the synthetic oil of your choice and commence driving.

An engine dyno provides the best method of determining exactly when the rings are seated. You’ll notice a boost in horsepower as the rings seat. Eventually, horsepower will stabilize once the rings are seated.

You can also perform a leak-down test. Another, albeit more time-consuming, method is to remove the exhaust headers and check for oil residue in the exhaust ports. Presence of oil shows the engine burning oil, meaning the rings aren’t completely seated. Once the oil residue is gone, the rings are seated.

What about powersports engines?

Ask yourself a few questions about your motorcycle, ATV or other powersports application before using a break in oil:

1. Does it have a wet clutch? If so, the break in oil may not be formulated for wet-clutch compatibility, leading to reduced performance.
2. Does it use a shared sump with the transmission? Many motorcycles use one oil to lubricate the engine, transmission and primary chaincase. The churning action of transmission gears, especially in high-rpm applications, can tear apart – or shear – the oil if it’s not formulated to handle the stress. Using a break in oil not designed to handle high-shear applications can lead to damage.
3. Does it have a dry sump? Some motorcycles store motor oil in a tank separate from the engine. Residual break in oil can collect in the system following the break in period and contaminate the service-fill oil. In this case, run the engine long enough to circulate the oil throughout the system and change it a second time to ensure the break in oil is completely removed.

Given the above challenges, we recommend breaking in a rebuilt powersports engine using the motor oil you’ve always used. Run it according to the original equipment manufacturer’s (OEM) new-engine recommendation, then change the oil. In short, treat it like a new engine from the factory.

For new engines, just follow the OEM guidelines. Typically they recommend a shorter interval for the first oil change to remove wear particles and contaminants from the factory. Then, change to the AMSOIL synthetic motor oil that’s recommended for your application and commence riding.
http://www.haldimandsyntheticoil.ca/amsoil-motorcycle-oil-guide/motorcycles/

#amsoil #atv #dyno #breakinoil #motorcycle
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The effects of rust and corrosion are easy to see on the exterior of vehicles and equipment. However, they can also form on the inside of your engine if you’re not using a properly formulated motor oil.

The problem is especially problematic in engines used in applications that sit idle for extended periods, including the following.

Boats
Motorcycles
Lawnmowers
Classic cars
Snowblowers

Despite what most people assume, motor oils have no natural ability to protect against rust or corrosion. Instead, special rust and corrosion inhibitors must be added to the formulation to provide the required protection, and some oils simply don’t contain the correct additives in the correct concentration.

Idleness equals no protection

During engine operation, a layer of oil coats engine parts and the crankcase walls. The lubricant film protects against rust and corrosion as long as it remains in place. However, after you shut down the motor for the day, gravity draws the oil back down into the oil sump, leaving components unprotected. The longer the engine sits, the more rust and corrosion can form.

Once rust begins to form, it doesn’t stop. It can slowly spread to the crankshaft journals, cylinder wall, piston rings and other areas. It acts like sandpaper and scours metal surfaces until engine failure eventually results. It can also prevent the piston rings from forming a good seal against the cylinder wall, which reduces compression and leads to power loss.

Aluminum parts may not rust, but they can corrode, especially in marine motors constantly exposed to humid air. If the valves aren’t completely sealed when the engine shuts down, damp air infiltrates the combustion chamber and causes aluminum pistons to corrode. Corrosion on the piston crown invites conditions that can lead to pre-ignition, a phenomenon where the fuel/air mixture ignites sporadically and potentially causes catastrophic engine failure.

Passenger car motor oils don’t cut it

It’s vital to use a motor oil formulated with anti-rust/anti-corrosion additives in vehicles and equipment that sit idle for long periods. These additives form a resilient protective layer that clings to engine parts for maximum protection. Since passenger cars/trucks are typically driven daily, rust and corrosion largely isn’t a concern. As such, most passenger car motor oils don’t contain sufficient rust and corrosion inhibitors for engines used periodically. Instead, use a motor oil specifically formulated for your application.

AMSOIL Synthetic Motorcycle Oil, AMSOIL marine engine oils, AMSOIL Z-ROD® Synthetic Motor Oil and AMSOIL Formula 4-Stroke® Synthetic Small Engine Oil contain robust rust and corrosion inhibitors. They deliver outstanding performance for your engines when you’re driving, and superior rust and corrosion protection when they sit idle.

http://www.haldimandsyntheticoil.ca/shop-amsoil/

#atv #marine #classiccar #motorcycle
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5 People Who Need to Become AMSOIL Preferred Customers

So you love to rave about how AMSOIL synthetic lubricants boost your mpg,
or how many miles you’ve gone with your 1992 Taurus, but if you’re not an AMSOIL Preferred Customer (P.C.) and you regularly buy AMSOIL products, you're not doing it right.

Here are 5 people who need to become AMSOIL P.C.s today (ThankMeLater).

#1 The Person Who’s Really Into Cars
You have your daily driver, your #summer car and your project car. Or, maybe you have a classic pickup truck you drive around town or a ’69 Camaro you pull out for special occasions (like your local car show).

AMSOIL develops synthetic lubricants with the same care and passion you’ve put into your vehicles. And, if our Product Guide can’t help you find what you need, our Technical Services team can (855-519-1529).

If you’re going to keep working on that project car, you’re going to need lubricants to protect it and keep it running strong. Just ask Keith. (See photo)

#2 The Powersports Fanatic
You own a #snowmobile, #boat, #ATV, dirt bike or some combination thereof. If it has a powerful engine and handlebars, you’re interested. We get that you push the limits when you’re out having fun because most of us (OK, not me, but a lot of others who work at AMSOIL) do, too. We rigorously test our products to ensure they can handle the abuse you throw at them. For example, check out how AMSOIL Synthetic V-Twin Motorcycle Oil protected a Harley-Davidson that we pushed to more than 550ºF. http://www.haldimandsyntheticoil.ca/amsoil-synthetic-motorcycle-oil/

#3 The Racer
AMSOIL loves racing. We’re into Monster Energy Supercross, King of the Hammers, TORC, snocross, sprint cars and on and on. We sponsor multiple teams and drivers, including Scheuring Speed Sports, Brad Lovell and Scott Douglas, to name a few. Our relationships with our drivers go beyond simply writing a check – our racers help us develop and test many of the AMSOIL synthetic lubricants that end up in your vehicles. Unlike some companies, we don’t create special formulas for racers, either. The same products the pros use are available to you. If AMSOIL synthetic lubricants are tough enough to protect their stock cars, race sleds, dirt bikes and other equipment, imagine what they can do for you.

#4 The Handyman (or Woman)
Heaven to you is a garage full of tools; a #lawnmower, string trimmer, car and the like to tinker with; and a Saturday afternoon void of interruptions. The garage is where you retreat to unplug from the world and energize yourself to the sound of a ratchet or air wrench.

As an AMSOIL P.C., you get all the AMSOIL products you need shipped right to your door within three days – just in time for you to wrench to your heart’s content over the weekend. P.C.s also earn points on every purchase, which are redeemable for future purchases. Don’t forget our cool MyAMSOILGarage feature, a free online resource that lets you track all the maintenance you perform on your vehicles and equipment. http://www.haldimandsyntheticoil.ca/rd/corp/whyMyGarage

#5 The Outdoorsman
#Hunters and #anglers have to get to their favorite spot before they can reel in a lunker or bag a trophy buck. A breakdown along the way ruins your hard-earned time on the water or in the woods. Maintaining your vehicles and equipment with AMSOIL synthetic lubricants helps ensure you get to your destination and enjoy your time. Just ask professional angler Pete Maina or one of the outfitters who rent their equipment to outdoor lovers, which means their equipment takes a beating (I trust you’re familiar with the term, “Ride it like a rental”?). P.C.s save up to 25 percent on AMSOIL products, leaving a few extra bucks in your pocket to help buy that new fishing rod or hunting rifle. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CJx_e8GNRo&t=3s

Top 5 Perks to Becoming an AMSOIL P.C.

If you’re unsure how the AMSOIL Preferred Customer program can benefit you, here are the top five perks that our P.C.s love.

#1 Save Money

Yes, we make some of the best synthetic lubricants you can find on the shelf. Just ask Max: (See photo)
But the biggest perk of being a P.C. is saving up to 25 percent on AMSOIL products.

#2 Promotions
P.C.s get several exclusive promotions throughout the year, which really add up to major savings when coupled with paying 25 percent less for AMSOIL products. Past promotions have included free shipping and even deeper product discounts.

#3 Exclusive Gear
We truly appreciate our customers and we show our love by sending gifts to randomly selected P.C.s to say “Thank You.” It’s just a cool way to show you our appreciation for choosing AMSOIL.

#4 Collect P.C. Points
If you use AMSOIL products in your car, ATV, boat, lawnmower or anything else with an engine, you can rack up some serious points on your purchases. Every 50 points you earn gets you $1 off future purchases.

#5 Rewards
It’s no secret that the people who love AMSOIL, really love AMSOIL. Many go on to share the benefits of using AMSOIL products with their friends and family. P.C.s who refer AMSOIL products to a friend or family member can earn up to 500 bonus points when the person they refer makes their first purchase. Those bonus points add up to $10 off a future purchase, saving you even more.

Are you considering upgrading to a P.C. membership?

Great. Join now for as little as $10(US) or $15(CDN) for a 6-month membership.

Become an AMSOIL P.C. http://www.haldimandsyntheticoil.ca/amsoil-preferred-customer/
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New AMSOIL Product.

This will be of particular interest to those owners of trucks with the Cummins 5.9/6.7L engines.

AMSOIL has launched the BMK34 Single-Remote Oil Bypass Filtration System. This system connects to the engine through a full-flow filter adapter and oil fill port. System includes mount, mounting hardware, EaBP90 bypass oil filter, hose and hose fittings.

The AMSOIL Ea Bypass Filter operates by filtering oil on a "partial-flow" basis. It draws approximately 10 percent of the oil pump's capacity at any one time and traps the extremely small, wear-causing contaminants that fullflow filters can't remove. The AMSOIL Ea Bypass Filter typically filters all the oil in the system several times an hour, so the engine continuously receives analytically clean oil.

More information can be found on this page:
http://shop.haldimandsyntheticoil.ca/filters-and-by-pass-systems/by-pass/filters-and-mounts/cummins-5-9-6-7l-single-remote-bypass-system/
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AMSOIL is Prepared for the Next Generation of Diesel Oils

Premium Synthetic Diesel Oil and OE Synthetic Diesel Oil will be discontinued, replaced with new AMSOIL Signature Series Max-Duty Synthetic Diesel Oil and AMSOIL Heavy-Duty Synthetic Diesel Oil in February 2017.

The two upcoming new API diesel oil specifications focus on these five goals:
1.Reduced emissions
2.Improved fuel economy
3.Stronger oxidation stability
4.Better shear stability
5.Increased resistance to aeration

The new API CK-4 specification is designed for current model-year and older diesel engines and is backward-compatible with API CJ-4 (and prior) oils.

The new API FA-4 specification is designed to further improve fuel economy and reduce emissions. FA-4 oils are not backward-compatible and may only be used in certain 2017 and newer over-the-road trucks, when approved by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM).

A Sneak Peek
The launch of the new API specifications in December will prompt a significant change in the AMSOIL synthetic diesel oil lineup as all-new API CK-4 diesel oils are added to the mix.
Premium API CJ-4 Synthetic 5W-40 Diesel Oil and Premium API CJ-4 Synthetic 15W-40 Diesel Oil will be discontinued and replaced by new AMSOIL Signature Series Max-Duty Synthetic Diesel Oil. As well, OE 10W-30 Synthetic Diesel Oil and OE Series API CJ-4 Synthetic 15W-40 Diesel Oil will be discontinued and replaced by new AMSOIL Heavy-Duty Synthetic Diesel Oil in February 2017.

AMSOIL Signature Series Max-Duty Synthetic Diesel Oil
Similar to Signature Series Synthetic Motor Oil for gasoline engines, Signature Series Max-Duty Synthetic Diesel Oil will represent the top tier of AMSOIL protection and performance for diesel engines. Signature Series will be available in 5W-40 and 15W-40 viscosities, as well as new 0W-40 and 5W-30 viscosities.
* Max-Duty engine protection and performance
* Significantly exceed industry requirements
* Full OEM specification coverage
* Reduced oil consumption
* Extended drain intervals, including reintroduction of 25,000-mile/one-year drain intervals for turbodiesel trucks.

A Premium All-Fleet Oil

Signature Series 5W-30 Max-Duty Synthetic Diesel Oil will be a premium all-fleet oil engineered for modern diesel and gasoline engines.
* Meets the latest diesel and gasoline oil specifications, including API CK-4 and API SN
* Emissions-system compliant
* Low viscosity delivers protection equal to higher viscosity engine oils

AMSOIL Heavy-Duty Synthetic Diesel Oil

AMSOIL Heavy-Duty Synthetic Diesel Oil will provide outstanding protection and performance for customers seeking an upgrade over conventional and synthetic-blend diesel oils, while being price-competitive with other synthetic brands in the marketplace. AMSOIL Heavy-Duty Synthetic Diesel Oil will be available in 15W-40 and 10W-30 viscosities, as well as a new 5W-40 viscosity.
* Heavy-duty engine protection and performance
* Excellent opportunity for price-conscious customers to move up to AMSOIL quality
* Reduced oil consumption

Outstanding Protection for Ford® Powerstroke® Engines

Ford Motor Company recently released its position on the upcoming new API CK-4 and FA-4 diesel oil specifications, claiming it will only recommend diesel oils that meet the Ford WSS-M2C171-F1 specification or oils formulated specifically for the previous API CJ-4 specification.

Questions have arisen regarding why Ford would condemn use of CK-4 and FA-4 products in its Powerstroke engines. According to Ford Service Lubricant Technical Expert Ron Romano, “6.7L engines tested on CK-4 and FA-4 formulations had experienced valve train wear not encountered with CJ-4 formulations. The CJ-4 formulations in question contained more than 1,000 parts per million phosphorus, an effective antiwear ingredient, while the CK-4 and FA-4 formulations were below that threshold. As a result, Ford declared that it has wear concerns about the use of CK-4 and FA-4 formulations with less than 1,000 ppm phosphorus in new and older Ford engines.”

All current AMSOIL synthetic diesel oils contain a boosted level of wear protection above the requirements set by the Ford specification. The new AMSOIL Signature Series Max-Duty Synthetic Diesel Oil and Heavy-Duty Synthetic Diesel Oil formulations launching in February will also contain boosted levels of wear protection, and they will carry the Ford WSS-M2C171-F1 specification. AMSOIL Dealers and customers can be well-assured that all Ford Powerstroke engines, no matter the model year, are well-protected when using AMSOIL synthetic diesel oils.

More exciting information about the new AMSOIL synthetic diesel oil lineup will be available in the coming months.
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Cold-Temperature Storage Recommendations for AMSOIL Products

It is getting closer to that time of year again, where freezing temperatures will be the norm. Some of us have AMSOIL product, and will it be okay to leave it in the shed, or a garage that is not heated?

Because cold-temperature storage can be detrimental to the performance of some AMSOIL products, AMSOIL offers the following storage recommendations:

Lubricants:
- Store at temperatures at least 10°F above the lubricant’s pour point.

Greases:
- Store in a dry environment at temperatures above freezing (32°F).

Gasoline Additives, Engine and Transmission Flush:
- No adverse issues with cold-temperature storage.

Diesel Injector Clean, Diesel Cetane Boost, Diesel Recovery:
- No adverse issues with cold-temperature storage.

Diesel Cold Flow, Diesel Injector Clean + Cold Flow:
- Store at temperatures above 0°F.

Heavy Duty Metal Protector, Metal Protector, Power Foam, Fogging Oil, Silicone Spray, Spray Grease, Heavy-Duty Degreaser:
- No adverse issues with cold-temperature storage as long as products are allowed to warm to room temperature before use.

Miracle Wash®:
- Store at temperatures above freezing (32°F).

Antifreeze and Engine Coolant:
- Will not freeze. No adverse issues with cold-temperature storage.

Coolant Boost:
- Store at temperatures above freezing (32°F).

Slip Lock®:
- No adverse issues with cold-temperature storage. If product separates, heat to room temperature and shake well before use.

Brake Fluids:
- Do not store at temperatures below -40°F for longer than two weeks.
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Leading the Field in Deposit Protection

Testing proves AMSOIL Signature Series 5W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil provides more complete protection against damaging deposits than other competitors.

Signature Series 5W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil protects against harmful deposits on turbochargers 4X better than Mobil 1 Extended Performance and 3.6X better than Royal Purple in industry-standard testing.

The Test *
The TEOST 33C test (ASTM D6335) is an industry standard bench test that simulates turbocharger operating conditions. According to the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), it is “designed to predict the high temperature deposit forming tendencies of an engine oil.” To meet the API SN Resource Conserving and ILSAC GF-5 motor oil specifications that are often recommended by vehicle manufacturers, a 5W- 30 motor oil must limit total deposit formation to 30 mg or less.

** The Results **
AMSOIL Signature Series 5W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil held the total weight of deposits to 7 mg, well under the 30 mg limit required by the API and ILSAC, while Royal Purple® API 5W-30 and Mobil 1 Extended Performance 5W-30 came in just under the limit at 25.4 mg and 28.2 mg respectively. Signature Series 5W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil protects against harmful deposits on turbochargers 4X better than Mobil 1 Extended Performance and 3.6X better than Royal Purple® in industry-standard testing.*

Get Better Protection for Your Vehicle
http://www.haldimandsyntheticoil.ca/amsoil-category/25000-mile-oil-change/
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** Improved AMSOIL Preferred Customer Program **

REDUCED PRICING
AMSOIL Preferred Customers pay wholesale prices on all AMSOIL products, a savings of up to 25%. With an extended line of products you can protect your equipment and spend less on maintenance at a lower cost.

COLLECT P.C. POINTS
Preferred Customers earn points on all purchases. Every 50 points earned is redeemable for $1 off a future order. Points do not expire unless the P.C. allows his or her membership to expire.

SPECIAL OFFERS
Preferred Customers receive exclusive product promotions.

SHIPPING PROMOTIONS
Preferred Customers receive exclusive promotions for reduced or free shipping.

FREE GEAR
Each month, randomly selected Preferred Customers receive free hats, shirts or other gear when they place an order.

EARN REFERRAL REWARDS
Preferred Customers who register friends and family members as P.C's or Dealers receive 500 bonus points after the referred customer makes a purchase.

RECEIVE EXCLUSIVE OFFERS
AMSOIL Preferred Customers receive special email offers not available to anyone else, including reduced or free shipping and exclusive product promotions.
Preferred Customers also receive an information kit in the mail containing PC membership card, wholesale price list hard copy, casual apparel & promotional items catalog and quarterly subscription to AMSOIL Action News Magazine covering new product developments & company racing activities.

VOLUME DISCOUNTS
Preferred Customers enjoy volume discounts starting from 2% for orders over $1000 all the way to 10% for orders over $10,000. Volume discount is applied at the time of ordering. This discount is applied on the wholesale pricing as an additional discount.

JOIN A FAMILY OF ENTHUSIASTS
Your vehicles and equipment aren’t just a way from point A to point B. They’re part of who you are. They define you. So it is with us. We’re engineers, chemists and manufacturers. But we’re also racers, gearheads and thrill-seekers. Like you, we’re at our best when working on our vehicles, fine-tuning their performance or cruising down the highway.
Our time behind the wheel and under the hood helps us experience firsthand the toll power, speed and performance take on engines. That’s why we formulate AMSOIL synthetic lubricants in our chemical and mechanical labs to push the boundaries of performance. Because our products not only have to protect our vehicles, they have to protect yours.

For more information: http://www.haldimandsyntheticoil.ca/amsoil-preferred-customer/
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Eight Expert Boat Maintenance Tips

As fun as it is to own a boat, they can create several headaches if you neglect maintenance. Following these tips can help you stay on the water and out of the garage performing unplanned, expensive repairs, or from being stranded on the side of the road.
Check out this video: https://youtu.be/SwBV-7GdIWc?list=PL8bK3RWt-FoVyObj0ifLe4JUuJcnHFMg9

Check trailer tire pressure and condition – If you don’t get your boat to the lake, you can’t get to the fish. Trailer maintenance is often completely forgotten. It’s not uncommon to see someone pulled over alongside the highway because their trailer tire blew out.

Check-out http://www.haldimandsyntheticoil.ca/amsoil-marine-oil-guide/marine/ for all your boating and trailer lubricant needs.

Trailer tires typically run at higher psi than automotive tires. Check the sidewall for the correct pressure, which is likely around 50 psi. A low tire equals a hot tire, and hot tires are more likely to blow out. Check for weather cracking. Trailer tires often sit outside year-round, exposed to the sun. Replace cracked tires and store your trailer with the tires elevated during the off-season.

Grease trailer bearings – Like the tires, trailer wheel bearings are easy to overlook. They are submerged in water every time you launch and load your boat. Although the hub seals are designed to keep water out, age and neglect can allow water intrusion, which invites rust and corrosion. Rust acts like sandpaper and scours the ball ‪‎bearings‬, causing them to run hotter and boil the grease out, worsening the problem.

Grease the bearings at least once a year with a high-quality synthetic grease designed to resist water washout, such as AMSOIL Synthetic Water-Resistant Grease.
http://shop.haldimandsyntheticoil.ca/grease/synthetic-water-resistant-grease/

Change lower unit gear lube – Your ‪boat‬ motor’s lower unit is continuously exposed to water. If water infiltrates the lower unit, the gear lube can foam, which compromises wear protection. Change the gear lube at the end of the season to ensure peak protection the following year. http://shop.haldimandsyntheticoil.ca/gear-lube/universal-synthetic-marine-gear-lube/

Check the prop for debris – While you’re changing the gear lube, remove the prop and check for wrapped fishing line or other debris. It can damage the seal that keeps water out of the lower unit, allowing water intrusion.

Change oil and filter – There’s a long-standing debate in ‪‎powersports‬ circles: do you change oil before or after the season? Used oil is acidic. If it sits in your four-stroke motor all off-season, it can erode vulnerable components, like bearings and seals. Change the oil and filter at the end of the season to ensure peak protection during storage.

Treat fuel continuously during the season – Most people are accustomed to using automotive fuel additives periodically. In marine applications, however, it’s best to use them with every tank of fuel. Why? Because ethanol, present in most gasoline sold today, has a natural affinity for water. If moisture collects in your gas tank, it can bond with the ethanol and reduce performance. Treat fuel with an additive designed to keep water dispersed in the fuel tank and prevent phase separation, such as AMSOIL Quickshot®. Continuous use also helps prevent formation of performance-robbing deposits, varnish and gums.
http://shop.haldimandsyntheticoil.ca/fuel-additives/gasoline/quickshot/

Grease tilt tube – Rust and corrosion can form on the tilt tube, preventing the motor from raising or lowering and restricting steering. At the end of the season, grease the tilt tube using a water-resistant grease. In addition to protecting against rust and corrosion, seasonal greasing also eases steering input.

Use an oil formulated for ‪‎marine‬ applications – Don’t assume an ‪automotive‬ motor oil will do the job protecting your four-stroke marine engine. Automotive oils don’t contain sufficient anti-rust/anti-corrosion inhibitors to protect marine engines. Use a marine engine oil designed with the correct additives to protect your engine, such as AMSOIL Synthetic Marine Engine Oil.

Check-out http://www.haldimandsyntheticoil.ca/amsoil-marine-oil-guide/marine/ for all your boating and trailer lubricant needs.
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