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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 $10 million oil change

April 29, 2009

When we first saw this Wall Street Journal article about a Nascar team spending $10 million to develop a new oil for it’s cars, our first thought was “whoa, that’s a lot of money.” Then we saw that they’re claiming it gives them an extra 10 horsepower (which might not sound like much, but these […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Exposing the 3,000 mile myth

July 22, 2008

For many drivers, the 3,000 mile oil change has gone the way of the 8-track and they are now using condition-based oil changes in conjunction with following the manufacturers recommendations. But here in California, where IntelliStick is based, 73% of California motorists believe they should change their oil more often than the manufacturer recommends. We are pleased […]