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IntelliStick Is Looking for Beta Customers

October 28, 2008

IntelliStick has been hard at work on the next generation oil condition monitor – the IntelliStickTS – and we’re looking for some innovators who would like to take part in the testing process.     IntelliStick Threaded Sensor The IntelliStickTS includes an RS232 communication package so oil condition can be monitored at remote sites. (Other […]

New Oil, GF-5, Will Improve Fuel Economy

October 3, 2008

A new standard in automotive oil, GF-5, will be released in Q3 2010 in time for the 2011 model year. Originally slated for release in Q3 2009, the timeline was adjusted in order to complete fuel economy tests. A consortium of additive companies, oil companies and vehicle manufacturers has been created to carry out the testing. The new oil […]

What’s the Best Way to Improve Your Gas Mileage?

September 19, 2008

While gas prices seem to have come back down from the stratosphere, at least for the moment, many people are still interested in improving their gas mileage because prices will inevitably rise again. According the Fuel Economy web site , the best way to improve your mileage is to replace your air filter. This can result in a […]

Synthetic Oil with Additive Package = Better Protection

September 4, 2008

This is a curve from an IntelliStick customer with a 2007 Mini Cooper S, super charged. It is driven in stop and go conditions. This customer uses Royal Purple 5W 30 and bumps it with a BG MOA additive package. BG MOA is a high-end additive package that you can’t purchase at just any auto parts store. For […]

Is Re-refined Oil as Good as the Original?

August 20, 2008

The answer is “Yes”. Lubricating oil doesn’t wear out, but it does get dirty and loses its protective additives. Once contaminants are removed and a fresh additive package is added, it takes on a new life. Test after test has proved there is no difference in quality between re-refined oil and virgin oil. Re-refined oil products are subjected […]

What goes around comes around, and other interesting news

August 14, 2008

There have been a couple of interesting articles in the local and/or national news in the last few days. I thought these were worth sharing: First is an article from a local Southern California paper, the Orange County Register. Turns out the Orange County Sanitation District, in conjunction with the University California Irvine’s National Fuel Cell […]

Comparing Oil Condition to Determine Optimal Oil Change Interval

August 7, 2008

As promised, here is some additional oil condition/oil change interval information on the PT Cruiser discussed in August 6th’s posting. This chart displays the same information, but the curves are shown in a side-by-side comparison instead of the cumulative curve on the previous chart. What you see is that the oil additives depleted at approximately 450 miles for both […]

When do additives deplete? Much sooner than you’d expect.

August 6, 2008

One of the key factors in determining the condition of oil is the amount of additives, or lack thereof. As defined by NORIA, additives are a chemical substance added to a petroleum product to impart or improve certain properties. Common additives include antifoam agents, anti-wear additives, corrosion and rust inhibitors, detergents, and oxidation inhibitors, among others.  The oil condition curve pictured above is from […]

Ethanol and Bio Diesel – What are they? Do they make sense?

July 29, 2008

Neither rain, nor sleet nor earthquakes… Boy, that was an interesting ride. The building shook for about 15 seconds due to the 5.8 earthquake that hit not too far from us earlier today. All systems are go so I’ll go forward with today’s posting. Working for a company that specializes in oil condition monitoring, we often […]

Biofuel Plant Reminiscent of Flux Capacitor

July 24, 2008

For those of you who were around when Back to the Future was a box office hit – do you remember the flux capacitor in Doc Brown’s DeLorean time machine? It was powered by plutonium and biofuels, in this case – garbage. Well, it looks like we’re getting one step closer to Doc Brown’s innovative power solution. The local (Southern California) news […]