Some Common Questions About Switching to AMSOIL Synthetic Oil
Although there are no special requirements when switching to synthetic oil, we offer some guidelines when changing to AMSOIL synthetic oil to ensure your engine gets the most from your oil, plus we answer some commonly asked questions.
What are AMSOIL synthetic engine oils?
AMSOIL synthetic engine oils are extended life lubricants manufactured from select synthetic base stocks and special-purpose additives. These lubricants provide improved overall performance characteristics when compared to conventional motor oils.
How long have AMSOIL synthetic oils been on the market?
AMSOIL introduced the first synthetic engine oil with an API (American Petroleum Institute) Service Classification in 1972. Since that time, the line of AMSOIL products has greatly expanded.
Is there a recommended procedure for changing to AMSOIL synthetic oil?
There are no special requirements when switching to synthetic oil. However, in older vehicles or those with high mileage, it is advisable to use AMSOIL Engine and Automatic Transmission Flush first. This will ensure that the engine is free of any accumulated contaminants that may affect the service life of AMSOIL synthetic engine oils. Installation of an AMSOIL Ea Oil Filter at every oil change is also recommended.
Why are AMSOIL synthetic oils capable of extended oil change intervals?
AMSOIL synthetic engine oils are formulated using premium synthetic base oils and the highest-quality additives that provide extended oil change capabilities. The unique synthetic formulation and robust TBN retention of AMSOIL synthetic engine oils work to resist oxidation and neutralize the acids that shorten the service lives of other oils. AMSOIL synthetic engine oils perform so well for so long because they don’t break down in intense heat like conventional oils do – they don’t form deposits and they don’t volatize (burn-off), which can adversely affect lubricant performance by altering viscosity and increasing oil consumption. AMSOIL maintains its viscosity over longer periods of time than other oils and helps reduce oil consumption. Finally, AMSOIL’s additive package, a key element in a lubricant’s ability to function, holds up under engine stresses and remains serviceable for the recommended life of the oil.
Will AMSOIL engine oils decrease oil consumption?
AMSOIL synthetic engine oils can reduce oil consumption in mechanically sound engines. However, AMSOIL synthetic oils cannot fix engines that consume oil due to mechanical problems.
Will using AMSOIL synthetic oils increase gas mileage?
Yes. AMSOIL synthetic oils reduce friction and drag far better than conventional oils, which results in increased fuel economy. Because every vehicle is different, as are driving habits and conditions, it is difficult to accurately project an exact increase to expect. Fuel mileage increases ranging from 4% to 40% have been reported by AMSOIL customers. Read more about improving gas mileage.
Are AMSOIL synthetic oils all-season oils?
Yes. Because AMSOIL synthetic engine oils are formulated with premium synthetic base oils, they provide superior high- and low-temperature performance. At high temperatures, no conventional motor oil can compare to the overall protection AMSOIL synthetic oils provide – AMSOIL synthetic oils resist thinning out to maintain critical protection in extreme heat. They also minimize sludge and deposit formation in high-temperature operation. AMSOIL synthetic oils have extremely low pour points and flow readily at extremely low temperatures for rapid cold starts and improved low-temperature operation compared to conventional oils.
Does AMSOIL synthetic oil cost more than conventional oil?
Comparing AMSOIL with other engine oils is like comparing apples to oranges; AMSOIL is really a different class of product. Like anything of real value, the true consumer cost doesn’t end with the off-the-shelf price. AMSOIL synthetic engine oils are extremely cost effective compared to conventional 3,000-mile drain interval oils, with savings realized in fewer oil changes, reduced downtime, increased fuel economy, reduced maintenance and extended engine life. Though the price per quart may be higher, AMSOIL synthetic oils actually cost less to use than conventional oils and save you money!
Can AMSOIL synthetic oils be used in any engine?
Absolutely! AMSOIL synthetic oils are perfectly safe for use in both new and high-mileage engines.
Will using AMSOIL synthetic oils void the warranty of my new vehicle?
Absolutely not! Local car dealers might claim it will, but that is not the position of the auto manufacturers who actually offer the warranties. Manufacturers’ warranties are based upon the use of oils meeting specific API Service Classifications and AMSOIL lubricants exceed the current API Service requirements. Auto manufacturers will only refuse to honor their warranties if it is proven that a problem is oil related. An AMSOIL customer’s new car warranty will cover all failures resulting from defective original equipment or faulty workmanship by the manufacturer.
In addition, AMSOIL customers receive a second element of protection – the AMSOIL Warranty – use AMSOIL synthetic oil as recommended in mechanically sound equipment, and the warranty covers lubricant-related failures!
Must new cars be broken in using petroleum oil?
No. AMSOIL synthetic engine oils can be safely used during break-in. In fact, many vehicles, including the Dodge Viper and Chevrolet Corvette, are factory-filled with synthetic oil.
Will synthetic oils cause engines to leak oil?
No. Synthetic oils do not cause engines to leak oil. In fact, AMSOIL synthetic engine oil is fully compatible with modern seal materials and is properly formulated to condition seals, keeping them pliable to prevent leakage.
Will synthetic oil clean the engine and cause plugging of the oil filter when switching from petroleum oil to synthetic oil on high-mileage engines?
Absolutely not. Switching from petroleum oil to synthetic oil in routinely maintained vehicles will not cause clogged oil filters or passageways, regardless of mileage. Sludge, which is caused by poor-quality oil and neglected maintenance practices, would have to be present in significant amounts to plug oil filters and passageways. If an excessive amount of sludge is present in an engine, it is just a matter of time before oil filters and passageways clog, regardless of the installation of synthetic engine oil.
Can AMSOIL engine oils be mixed with other brands?
Yes. AMSOIL synthetic oils are fully compatible with all other synthetic or petroleum engine oils. Mixing AMSOIL with a conventional oil is perfectly safe, if the need arises, but is not recommended since the conventional oil will detract from AMSOIL’s performance. It will also shorten the oil’s life expectancy and AMSOIL does not support extended oil change intervals where oils have been mixed. Mixing other oils with AMSOIL engine oils may also void the AMSOIL warranty.
Should engine oil additives or after-market products be added to AMSOIL synthetic oil?
No, they are not necessary! AMSOIL synthetic oils are properly formulated under the strictest quality control procedures to provide superior lubrication performance. In fact, doing so could upset the chemical balance of the AMSOIL synthetic oil and void the AMSOIL warranty.
What kind of base stocks does AMSOIL use?
AMSOIL maintains formulation details as proprietary and does not divulge specifics regarding the type of synthetic base stocks used in its synthetic lubricants. AMSOIL developed the world’s first API-qualified synthetic motor oil in 1972 and has remained the leader in the synthetic lubricant industry by continually researching new technologies and demanding only the highest-quality raw materials. As the company moves forward with new technologies it is increasingly more important that this information remains proprietary. AMSOIL views synthetic base oils the same as it views additives, with each having its own set of unique properties. AMSOIL does not insist on a particular type of base stock, but insists on particular performance parameters. AMSOIL chooses whichever synthetic base stock or combination of base stocks delivers the desired result and tailors its lubricants to be application-specific (gasoline, diesel, racing, transmission, gear, extended drain, extreme temperatures, etc.). At the end of the day, the type of base stock used to formulate the oil is inconsequential; the product’s performance is what matters.
How does AMSOIL synthetic engine oils compare to other engine oils?
The importance of using good-quality oil in an engine cannot be overstated. AMSOIL synthetic engine oils consistently outperform conventional and other synthetic oils in virtually every category of performance, including wear protection, extreme high- and low-temperature performance, foam control, viscosity retention, rust and corrosion protection, volatility and fuel economy. While other brands may provide good performance in some of these areas, AMSOIL synthetic engine oils consistently perform at the top in every category. Drivers can have confidence knowing that AMSOIL synthetic engine oils provide maximum performance and protection.
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