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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 […]

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 […]