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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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 is the best oil?

July 14, 2008

The answer is…it depends. Ever notice that most of the oil comparison studies are published by oil companies? It should not come as a surprise that each oil company’s product tests better than the competition. Of course it does – the tests are performed in very specific, controlled environments so the tests will come out in their […]

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