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synthetic vs conventional oil

July 9, 2009

We are often asked — what is the best oil to us? That’s kind of like asking what’s the best flavor of ice cream. You ask 10 different people and you’d probably get 10 different answers. (For the record, our personal favorite is mint chocolate chip.) With motor oil, 10 different cars may each have […]

GM ditches the 3,000 mile oil change…

May 27, 2009

… something that IntelliStick did two years ago. This American car maker may be in trouble, but GM does have at least one thing right. As part of their corporate responsibility “environmental commitment” GM posted this story on their web site about how 3,000 miles isn’t always the best time to change your oil. GM […]

piece of cake

March 30, 2009

We support the use of colorful analogies, but we even stopped and stratched our heads when we read this one: engine oil is like cake mix. The mental picture of an oily cake just doesn’t sit well. Neither does the idea of cake mix clogging up our engine — what a mess that would be. […]

An Intelligent Dipstick?

March 24, 2009

That sounds like something Click and Clack would take as a compliment. For those who don’t know them, Click and Clack — Tom and Ray Magliozzi — are the humorous hosts of NPR’s Saturday morning program Car Talk. It’s a great program to have on while you’re out running errands or doing chores around the […]

ACFTD, GPM, PNA – Bingo!

November 18, 2008

From Noria, a list of lubrication and oil analysis terms and their definitions: Lubrication and Oil Analysis Dictionary. Just about any term you can think of is defined here.

What Onboard Algorithms Don’t Tell You About Your Oil

July 7, 2008

While some of today’s onboard sensors are more sophisticated than their predecessors (which only use engine RPMs to determine when to change oil), they still use an algorithm – not actual oil condition – to determine oil change intervals. Check out this posting from AOL Autos for an explanation of GM’s oil sensor technology: http://autos.aol.com/article/auto-repair/_a/is-the-3000-mile-oil-change-a-thing-of/20080210161809990001 Algorithms can […]

Synthetic Oil Study

June 27, 2008

An interesting comparison of oil lab results from a DIY site (not an oil company). http://neptune.spacebears.com/cars/stories/oil-life.html