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Why have I never heard about AMSOIL?

AMSOIL products have been available since 1972. The company was started by Albert J. Amatuzio. As a U.S. Air Force jet fight squadron commander, he experienced first-hand how synthetic lubricants worked in jet engines. It has the ability to reduce friction and wear on engine components, function well at severe temperature extremes and withstand extended engine operation. He thought that synthetic lubricants should be available for other engines was well and began research and development of this broader use of synthetic oils. In 1972 AMSOIL became the first synthetic motor oil in the world to meet American Petroleum Institute service requirements.

AMSOIL focuses on developing new and better products to meet the ever-changing needs of the motorized world. It relies strongly on its Independent Dealers to get the word out. AMSOIL does not hire these dealers. It offers the opportunity for any individual to become their own “company” and work as much or as little as they choose to promote their business and the selling of AMSOIL products. That is why you do not see it in “big box” stores. AMSOIL Independent Dealers know their products and like to develop personal relationships with their customers. AMSOIL can also reach across the country to big and small cities alike, through this network of independent dealers.

What is an Independent AMSOIL Dealer?

AMSOIL does not hire dealers. Dealers register with AMSOIL and pay $15 for a six-month membership or $30 for a yearly membership for the privilege of selling and/or signing up other dealers, retail accounts, preferred customers, or commercial accounts. AMSOIL then pays a commission to each Independent AMSOIL Dealer based on the purchases of their accounts. That is also why it is important to understand that each Independent AMSOIL Dealer has a separate relationship with AMSOIL. If you talk to me and like working with me, it is appreciated when you from buy me or operate from the online store on my website. That is the only way AMSOIL knows to apply the commission from the sale to my dealer ID.

If you want to own your own business by selling and/or signing up dealers or accounts, I can help you with that. I would be considered your sponsoring dealer. After your account with AMSOIL is set up, you will be given a dealer ID number and can begin selling and/or signing you up own network of accounts. You will purchase products directly from AMSOIL and have them shipped to your address. You get a commission on your customers’ purchases and can buy products at wholesale. There is never a minimum order required. If you don’t want to carry products, and just want to sign up accounts, that is your business choice. Everyone has a different comfort level when it comes to selling. You choose your own method and pace.

What is a preferred customer?

AMSOIL offers several methods to get your products at wholesale cost. As an Independent AMSOIL Dealer, I can register you to be a preferred customer or you can register online through my website, dominatorlubes.com. You pay $10 for a six month membership, or $20 for a year membership. You order directly from AMSOIL and the product gets shipped directly to your door. AMSOIL will ask for my ID number 475488 and that is how I get paid. So I very much appreciate that. As your Independent AMSOIL dealer, I want to be your go-to person for questions on products, applications, etc. If I don’t have the answer, I guarantee I will find out who can.

How do I get AMSOIL products in my store?

As an Independent AMSOIL Dealer, I can help you register as a retail outlet (such as auto parts store, repair shops, motorcycle shops, quick lubes, etc.) so that you can stock and sell AMSOIL products to your customers or as a part of a service you provide. There is no fee involved and there are no minimum purchase requirements. After I have registered your business with AMSOIL, you will be given an account number and you can purchase AMSOIL products directly from AMSOIL that will be shipped to your door.

Can my commercial business get products at wholesale?

As an Independent AMSOIL Dealer, I can get you registered with AMSOIL as a commercial account. There are no fees involved and there are no minimum purchase requirements. Commercial accounts are for in-house use only. They are not for resale. After I register your account with AMSOIL, you will be given anaccount numberand you can purchase AMSOIL products directly from AMSOIL that will be shipped to your door.

What’s the difference between synthetic and conventional oil?

Motor oil, both synthetic and petroleum-based, consists of molecular chains of hydrogen and carbon atoms (hydrocarbons). The oil refining process separates the various types of molecules in the oil by weight, resulting in a concentrated batch suitable for manufacturing products, including lubricant base oils. The chemical composition of conventional motor oil can vary substantially depending on the raw crude oil refining process.

AMSOIL synthetic base stock oils are manufactured and can achieve a higher performance level. Synthetic oil is chemically engineered for a certain molecular composition with a tailored and uniform structure. Such fine-tuned control over the final molecular composition of synthetic oils is the key to their superior performance properties. Designing molecular structures in a planned and orderly fashion results in molecules, and end-products, that are far more stable than their refined petroleum counterparts.

How do additives affect motor oil performance?

Most lubricating oils have other chemicals added to improve the overall performance of the fluid. They enhance the beneficial properties of the base oil or make up for oil deficiencies. Additives help lubricants stand up to extreme operating environments. Additives give good base oils the performance benefits such as multi-grade performance, extended drain intervals and extreme-pressure performance.

Can synthetic oil be used in new engines?

Yes. Synthetic oil is perfectly safe for use in both new and high-mileage engines.

How often should my oil be changed?

No matter how well motor oil is formulated, it won’t last forever. Motor oil and vehicle manufacturers have developed general recommendations for the maximum amount of time or miles that the oil can be used; typically these intervals fall between 3,000 and 7,500 miles, depending on the type of service.

Many AMSOIL synthetic motor oils are specially formulated for extended drain intervals, providing maximum protection longer than other oils. Always check the product application guide.

AMSOILOE Synthetic Motor Oil is recommended for vehicle manufacturer-recommended oil change intervals. AMSOIL XL Synthetic Motor Oil is recommended for extended drain intervals of 10,000 miles or six months (whichever comes first) and AMSOIL Signature Series Synthetic Motor Oil is recommended for extended drain intervals of 25,000 miles or one year (whichever comes first). AMSOIL Signature Series Synthetic Motor Oil is formulated with better base oils and more robust additives, allowing longer extended drains than AMSOIL OE or XL Synthetic Motor Oils.

Will synthetic motor oils cause engines to leak oil?

No. Synthetic motor oils do not cause engines to leak oil. In fact, AMSOIL synthetic motor oil is fully compatible with modern seal materials and is property formulated to condition seals, keeping them pliable to prevent leakage.

Can AMSOIL motor oils be mixed with other brands?

Yes. AMSOIL synthetic motor oils are compatible with other conventional and synthetic motor oils. Mixing AMSOIL motor oils with other oils, however, will shorten the oil’s life expectancy and reduce the performance benefits. AMSOIL does not support extended drain intervals where oils have been mixed. Mixing other oils with AMSOIL motor oils may also void the AMSOIL limited warranty.

Why are AMSOIL synthetic motor oils capable of extended drain intervals?

AMSOIL synthetic motor oils are formulated using premium synthetic base oils, and the highest-quality additives, that provide extended-drain capabilities. AMSOIL synthetic motor oils achieve greater cleaning powers, while providing better equipment protection over longer oil drain intervals. The unique synthetic formulation and robust TBN retention of AMSOIL synthetic motor oils work to resist oxidation and neutralize the acids that shorten the service lives of other oils. Their characteristic resistance to high-temperature volatility helps reduce oil consumption, while maintain viscosity over longer periods of time than other oils.

Is there a procedure for changing to AMSOIL synthetic motor oil?

There are no special requirements. However, in older vehicles with high mileage, it may be advisable to use AMSOIL Engine and Transmission Flush first. This will ensure the engine is clean and free of accumulated contaminants that may affect the service life of AMSOIL synthetic motor oil. Installation of an AMSOIL Ea Oil Filter is also recommended.

What are “normal” and “severe” driving conditions?

AMSOIL recommends owners check these definitions in their owner’s manual to determine the service condition in which they typically drive.

AMSOIL defines normal service as personal vehicles frequently traveling greater than 10 miles at a time and not operating under severe service.

AMSOIL defines severe service for gasoline engines as turbo/supercharged engines, commercial or fleet vehicles, excessive idling, and first-time use of AMSOIL synthetic motor oil in vehicles with over 100,000 miles without prior continuous use of AMSOIL synthetic motor oil, daily short-trip driving less than 10 miles, frequent towing, plowing, hauling or dusty-condition driving.

AMSOIL defines severe service for diesel engines as extensive engine idling, daily short-trip driving less than 10 miles or frequent dusty-condition driving.

Are synthetic AMSOIL motor oils “all-season” oils?

Yes. Because AMSOIL synthetic motor oils are formulated with premium synthetic base oils, they provide superior high and low-temperature performance. Synthetic oils resist thinning out at high temperatures to maintain critical protection in extreme heat. They also minimize sludge and deposit formation in high-temperature operation. AMSOIL synthetic motor oils resist thickening in cold temperatures to provide rapid cold starts and improved low-temperature operation compared to conventional oils.

Why are there multiple oils of the same viscosity?

A significant portion of an oil’s performance and specification compatibility comes from its additive components. AMSOIL offers multiple oils with the same viscosity because they are formulated with different additive packages that carry different manufacturer oil specifications. This allows AMSOIL to provide premium oil for more equipment manufacturers and industry specifications than would be possible if only a single viscosity grade was offered.

What does the “W” represent in 5W30 motor oil?

The “W” in 5W30 motor oil stands for “winter” and indicates the oil meets or exceeds certain criteria for good low-temperature performance. Motor oil with SAE viscosity grade 5W30 behaves like an SAE 30 oil at high temperatures and SAE 5W oil at low temperatures, providing the necessary fluidity for rapid starts and efficient engine operation at low temperatures.

Is it safe to use Engine and Transmission Flush in diesel engines?

Yes. AMSOIL Engine and Transmission Flush helps restore operating efficiency, increase fuel economy and reduce emissions in both gasoline and diesel engines and automatic transmissions. Its potent, detergent-based formula dissolves and disperses sludge, varnish and deposits, promoting lower operating temperatures and reduced oil consumption.

Can AMSOIL Signature Series 0W30 Synthetic Motor Oil be used in lawnmower applications?

Yes. AMSOIL Signature Series 0W30 Synthetic Motor Oil can be used in lawnmower applications calling for SAE 30 weight engine oil. However, because it is specifically formulated for the severe-service operation of small engines, AMSOIL Formula 4-Stroke Synthetic Small Engine Oil is the primary recommendation.

Is it okay to break in new two-cycle equipment with AMSOIL synthetic motor oils?

Yes. There are no problems using AMSOIL synthetic 2-stroke oils for break-in periods.

What AMSOIL motor oils are recommended for Harley-Davidson motorcycles?

AMSOIL 20W50 Synthetic Motorcycle Oil and SAE 60 Synthetic Motorcycle Oil are the most commonly recommended oils for Harley-Davidson applications.

What is the oil change interval for AMSOIL synthetic motorcycle oils?

AMSOIL synthetic motorcycle oils are engineered to provide outstanding protection for up to twice the manufacturer’s recommended change interval or one year, whichever comes first. Unless using an AMSOIL Ea Motorcycle Oil Filter, change the filter based on the manufacturer’s recommended interval. For Big Twin Harley-Davidson transmissions, follow the Harley-Davidson recommended drain interval for synthetic oil up to 20,000 miles or one year, whichever comes first.

Are AMSOIL synthetic motorcycle oils different from AMSOIL synthetic automotive oils?

Yes. In addition to withstanding extreme pressure, protecting against rust and withstanding high temperatures, motorcycle oils must be compatible with wet clutches. AMSOIL synthetic motorcycle oils are designed to meet the unique frictional requirements necessary for wet-clutch compatibility and provide maximum protection and performance in these applications.

Why does AMSOIL offer more than one viscosity motorcycle oil?

AMSOIL offers motorcycle oils in different viscosities to accommodate the differences between motorcycle models and manufacturers. Just as in automotive applications, motorcycle engines require specific oil viscosities for optimal performance and protection based on the components and tolerances in the engine.

Is it required that all of the transmission fluid be removed before adding AMSOIL synthetic transmission fluid?

No. AMSOIL Multi-Vehicle Synthetic Automatic Transmission Fluid and Fuel Efficient Synthetic Automatic Transmission Fluid are compatible with petroleum and synthetic transmission fluids and can be used to top-off transmission fluid levels. However, when conducting a transmission fluid change, most of the fluid in the automatic transmission will be replaced with the new fluid.

Can AMSOIL Engine and Transmission Flush be used in all transmissions?

AMSOIL Engine and Transmission Flush is recommended for use in automatic transmissions to promote efficient operation and fuel efficiency. It is not recommended for manual transmissions, CVT transmissions, transaxles or differentials. AMSOIL recommends the transmission filter be changed when performing a flush. Always be sure to check the vehicle application guide.

Does AMSOIL offer transmission fluid for manual transmissions? If so, what is the change interval?

AMSOIL offers two manual transmission fluids: Synthetic Synchromesh Transmission Fluid and Synthetic Manual Transmission and Transaxle Gear Lube. Synthetic Synchromesh Transmission Fluid is recommended for use up to 50,000 miles, or longer (up to 150,000 miles) as indicated in the owner’s manual. Synthetic Manual Transmission and Transaxle Gear Lube is engineered to last two times longer than conventional petroleum GL-4 gear oils. Following equipment manufacturer drain intervals for synthetic oils is recommended.

Can multiple AMSOIL gasoline fuel additives be mixed together with gasoline?

Yes. AMSOIL fuel additives are compatible. When selecting a fuel additive be sure that it is the appropriate choice for the application.

What does AMSOIL P.I. (Performance Improver) gasoline fuel additive do?

For optimum fuel efficiency and lower emissions, fuel must first be atomized into a fine mist prior to entering the combustion chamber. Over time, injector deposits produce irregular spray patterns with heavy streams of gasoline that reduce performance, while intake valve deposits also decrease efficiency. AMSOIL P.I. is a potent gasoline additive designed to clean combustion chamber deposits, intake valve deposits and port fuel injector deposits to improve fuel efficiency up to 5.7 percent and an average of 2.3 percent. P.I. can bring your performance up to like-new.

Does AMSOIL offer any fuel additives that combat ethanol-related problems?

Yes. AMSOIL Quickshot contains a revolutionary technology that focuses on three major fuel-related issues plaguing small engines and powersports equipment: ethanol, water and dirty pump gas. Ethanol in fuel has a tendency to absorb water and separate from the gasoline. It then sinks to the bottom of the gas tank, where it quickly degrades and creates gum, varnish and other insoluble debris that can plug fuel flow passages and negatively affect engine performance. When this ethanol/water mixture is pulled into the engine, it creates a lean-burn situation that increases combustion chamber temperatures and can lead to engine damage. AMSOIL Quickshot is proven to successfully fight ethanol problems and improve operation.

How does using AMSOIL synthetic motor oil affect new vehicle warranties?

Using AMSOIL synthetic motor oil has no effect on vehicle warranties. A federal law called the Magnuson-Moss Act (1975) prevents original equipment manufacturers from putting conditions on vehicle warranties attached to any product or service identified by brand, trade or corporate name, unless the manufacturer provides that product or service free of charge. This means consumers have the freedom to use aftermarket products of their choice without fear of losing the original limited or implied vehicle warranty.

Will extending oil change intervals void new vehicle warranties?

No. Extending oil change intervals will not void new vehicle warranties. To affect the vehicle warranty, it must be determined that the lubricant was directly responsible for the failure; if the oil didn’t cause the problem, the warranty cannot be voided, regardless of brand or length of time in use.

What is oil analysis and why should it be done?

No. Extending oil change intervals will not void new vehicle warranties. To affect the vehicle warranty, it must be determined that the lubricant was directly responsible for the failure; if the oil didn’t cause the problem, the warranty cannot be voided, regardless of brand or length of time in use.

What is oil analysis and why should it be done?

Oil analysis is a process for determining the chemical properties of a lubricant. It’s often used to detect mechanical issues before major failures occur. Used oil samples are analyzed for specific physical properties, contaminant levels and wear debris from the equipment to determine if the oil can remain in service. Oil analysis can also monitor the wear rate of the equipment and detect if wear is elevated beyond acceptable limits. It is often used as part of a preventative maintenance program.

As part of a preventative maintenance program, oil analysis can help owners and operators be proactive in their maintenance practices to help increase equipment productivity and eliminate costly downtime. The cost of routine oil analysis far outweighs the costs to replace major equipment on large industrial equipment, commercial and passenger car vehicles.

For those reluctant to extended oil intervals, oil analysis provides evidence that AMSOIL motor oils have exceptional performance and protection capabilities in extended service.

On a personal note, on my 2006 Sprinter Van, using AMSOIL and performing oil analysis every 10,000 miles, I drove 60,000 miles on one oil change.

Does AMSOIL provide oil analysis services?

Yes. AMSOIL provides oil analysis services through Oil Analyzers Inc. Visit www.oaitesting.com for more information.

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