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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 […]

Is that a typo?

May 4, 2009

Our faithful blog readers know that IntelliStick is on the 3,000 Mile myth bandwagon. With the data we get back from our IntelliStick we can see that it isn’t necessary to change your oil every 3,000 miles. We know it, the state of California knows it, and more and more drivers are catching on, too. […]

the nasty stuff in cooking oil

December 22, 2008

IntelliStick Monitors Cooking Oil Oxidation, Hydrolysis & Polymerization

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]