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Which AMSOIL Products Are Recommended
For Your Vehicles?
Most Powersports Engine Problems
Are Either Mechanical, Fuel-Related or Due to Neglect
offers products that can help avoid many of those problems.
Technical Product Manager,
The last thing
I want to deal with during my free time in the summer is engine
problems. I want to be riding or getting my outdoor chores
done, not diagnosing. But if a diagnosis is required, I'm
quick to remember that most engine problems or failures that
affect powersports equipment are either mechanical, fuel-related
or due to neglect. Here are some of the most common problems
that affect motorcycles, marine and handheld power equipment
and strategies to prevent them.
With motorcycles and motorcycle oils, heat is always an issue.
In air-cooled bikes, motorcycle oil must provide adequate
protection over a wide range of temperatures. In motorcycles
with a shared oil sump, the oil must lubricate not only the
engine, but the clutch and transmission, too. It must protect
gears while providing sufficient grip to keep the clutch from
slipping. What can happen if the oil fails to perform? Imagine
it's the middle of summer and the engine overheats. The motorcycle
will lose oil pressure and the engine will start to make enough
noise to make most riders pull off the road and either push
their bikes or call for help. A poorly lubricated transmission
can result in gear wear, hard shifting and difficulty finding
neutral. AMSOIL Synthetic Motorcycle Oil keeps gears lubricated,
clutches working properly and provides heat protection when
equipment is pushed to the limit.
Fuel-related issues are a major cause of problems in powersports
applications, and particularly in marine equipment. These
problems are specific to ethanol-blended fuels because ethanol
has a strong attraction to water. If moisture is present in
fuel, ethanol will detach from the gas and attach itself to
the water. The ethanol/water mixture then drops to the bottom
of the fuel tank - the same location from where the engine
draws fuel. When the engine tries to run on this mixture,
all kinds of problems can occur, including lean burn and corrosion
in the fuel lines, carburetors and fuel tanks. The AMSOIL
solution is easy: Treat every tank of gasoline with Quickshot®
AQS) to ensure any moisture will be isolated and prevent the
separation of gas and water.
it's important to follow these guidelines when purchasing
or storing fuel for use in powersports applications:
- Use only fresh
gas and buy fuel from outlets that have a high fuel turnover
- Use fuel with
an octane level equal to or above that recommended by the
- Don't store
fuel for long periods of time, and only buy as much as you
plan on using within the next 30 days. If fuel is stored
longer than 30 days, be sure to add AMSOIL Gasoline Stabilizer
- Fuels containing
up to 10 percent ethanol are usually acceptable in powersports
- Do not pre-mix
any AMSOIL two-stroke oil with fuels containing more than
15 percent ethanol.
Handheld equipment is largely powered by two-stroke engines.
To pass emissions tests, this equipment is often designed
to run on a lean air/fuel mixture, which doesn't leave much
room for variances in fuel. And because this equipment is
air-cooled, high temperatures can wreak havoc on the engine
and lead to mechanical failure. When this happens, the engine
oil is often blamed. AMSOIL SABER® Professional (ATP)
is formulated specifically for high-heat, high-rpm, lean-burn,
air-cooled power equipment. It is purpose-built to keep your
equipment on the job, working until finished.
and fuel-related issues, other common causes for failure in
powersports applications include the following:
- Ingestion of
abrasive materials, such as dirt and dust
- Rust and corrosion
caused by improper storage
- Abuse or lack
of proper maintenance
- Reaching the
end of equipment life expectancy
Although it is
possible to experience an oil-related problem, the likelihood
that the difficulty relates to a deficiency with an AMSOIL
product is extremely remote. As we've discussed, mechanical
problems and failures do occur in powersports equipment. If
the problem is oil-related, the following reasons are most
- The wrong fluid
- Either too much
or too little fluid was used.
- The lubricant
was contaminated with dirt or water.
By simply using
the right product in the right place in the right amount at
the right time, many powersports engine problems can be avoided,
and you can spend more time riding the roads, waters and trails
and getting those weekend chores done, backed by the proven
protection of AMSOIL products. Published, AMSOIL Magazine
AMSOIL Signature Series
Synthetic Motor Oil
AMSOIL Signature Series Synthetic
Motor Oils are formulated to meet the latest API SN Resource
Conserving and ILSAC GF-5 industry specifications. AMSOIL
Signature Series Oils include 0W-20, 0W-30, 5W-30 and 10W-30
and represent the very best motor oils AMSOIL has to offer,
allowing motorists to take advantage of maximum extended drain
intervals. AMSOIL Signature Series Synthetic Motor Oils are
recommended for drain intervals of up to 25,000 miles/one
year, whichever comes first (15,000 miles/one year in severe
here for more information
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.
The Presidents Desk
Synthetic Diesel Oil Articles and Testimonials
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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