Since I've received several PMs and E-mails about applications etc. and hey, that's fine keep em' coming, I thought for the benefit of all I'd post this.
There’s’ a lot of mis-information on this "Trust" subject that has lingered for many years. What’s interesting is the mis-information campaign started from the very people that are now Amsoil competitors.
But back to the question.
Yes, of course.
Did you ever stop to think what might have been used in the engines of that last airplane ride you took?
After world II synthetics slowly became the major lubricant base in most of the US military planes and have since became very widely used in tanks and other equipment. Some of my experiences in the late 60s were with equipment using synthetics and they seldom got serviced other than for topping off fluids and greasing track rollers, sliders etc.
While the extreme conditions most military equipment sees are seldom seen by the average highway driver those fluids do allow extended engine, tranny & differential drains, which aside from the added protection given, the extended drain issue is part of the reason the military uses them.
Imagine you’re in a hot zone and a service comes due. Do you wave a white flag, take a time out, smoke em' if ya' got em' & service your vehicle?
Then the question comes up, "How can paying twice the money for a synthetic save me money"?
The short and sweet answer is you can in most cases double if not triple your service periods with confidence. That alone did the trick especially when you factor in labor.
Ok, I do my own service. Now how does it save me money? If my math is correct I’m breaking even, right?
First off just knowing you are doing the best preventative maintenance possible with a superior product gives one comfort if you’re sincere about doing proper maintenance.
You can usually save a buck by increasing fuel efficiency 2-5%. Some say 8% but that’s extreme even if you were running sludge. 8% might be possible for an extremely short trip type driver in very cold weather. My personal experience driving on the Interstate is about 2%. I will also add driving styles make a difference. If you race from light to light the odds are you'll not see much if anything in fuel savings but you're still ahead if you think about it!
General maintenance will be lower by keeping lifter, valve trains, rings etc. in better condition by simply keeping sludge down from the higher detergent base in a good synthetic.
Engine gasket & seal life will typically last longer. This has always been an issue when running cheaper oils for years and switching to a synthetic. The synthetic cleans out the crap and then the seals &/or gaskets leak because the crap is gone. It's not the synthetics fault!! It's the maintenance procedures followed that's at fault!!
I've even had people tell me they switched back to their old oil and the leaks slowed. Sure, think about it. Once you put a cheap oil back in, the deposits that are still lingering will float around and replug the leak if it's not severe.
If you have a severe oil seal leak the odds are you would have had to eventually fix it anyway. The synthetic's high detergent base simply found it for you.
Some say, “I have no sludge in my engine”. While it may appear so only removing an oil pan or valve cover will make that statement 100% certain. In my work I’ve found crap inside an engine that I didn’t expect to find.
But why risk getting sludge? Either change your oil all the time or step up to the plate, use the good stuff, help the environment if you give a darn about your future and your children's future in any way and guess what? Life will still go on and it won't cost you extra!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You'll still have money for CDs, beer and all that other stuff that does nothing for you anyway.
The real value of using a high grade synthetic is the ability to give your equipment the best chance for the longest life possible.
Then the question will come up something like, “But I trade cars every 5 years or I only put on 100K miles and it’s gone.
Users of a high grade synthetic realize they are lowering their impact on the environment, reducing our dependency on foreign oil plus having lower down time and maintenance issues.
When you really think about it, using synthetics simply makes sense. In the long run not only will it not cost you extra or just break even, it will actually cost less regardless how long you keep your car.
I trade cars, for the most part, every 2-3 years & the last one I traded only had 20,000 miles on it but I don't care. When any of my vehicles has 1,500-2,000 miles on it seldom have I not switched to a synthetic oil and filter. I actually have to do other little things like checking fluid levels every month just to give me something to do! What a shame.
There’s also the discussion of what’s the difference between conventional oil, a group III oil and a group IV oil. The common answer is with a group IV oil you go a year or 12-15K miles between oil changes. Well, ya’ but in reality it’s much deeper than that. However, the answer is basically correct if all you’re interested in is a benefit. But that’s only one benefit & I've touched on others above.
Conventional oils most are familiar with. We see them all time including on grocery store shelves. They are, in the industry, “USUALLY” referred to as a group II oil. These are your 3-5,000 miles oils that most quick lubes also use.
Group III oil sits between a conventional AKA group II and group IV oil when it comes to the benefit. Group III will generally give you the 5-7,500 mile service interval.
Group IV will normally give you the annual or 12-15,000 mile service interval.
Some group IV oils will also give up to 35,000 mile service levels. Unfortunately I see this being marketed to the wrong people. This oil I’ll only sell to people that live in their car, like a sale person for example or someone that has extreme cold start issues like 30-40 below F.
I am using our Amsoil SSO 0W-30 in one of my vehicles now to see how it goes. So far I like what I'm seeing.
Then there is the group V, which few have a clue about & today I don’t have time to get into. But I’ll say that some 35K mile oils are a mixture of Group IV and V bases.
Then the question comes up about trusting my oil filter for 12K miles. If you’re using those cheap filters I can understand your concern. However, for the most part any filter can withstand being saturated in oil for a year. Now, if you think a filter will plug in 12,000 miles, you’ve got more problems than most.
In my work I’ve seen small automotive filters cut open after 20 and even 30 K miles. Not a problem but again the engine had proper maintenance from the beginning.
Regardless of the above there are only 2 filters on the market I’ll use in high mileage periods. They are both synthetic based. Amsoil EAO and Mobil 1.
I’ve had questions recently about some of the other extended filters on the market. All I can say is I now have 4 units testing them. When I have more data I’ll comment, which will likely not be until mid 08.
Then I get questions about warranty and extended drains. This is a legitimate concern and one the inexperienced get all screwed up.
Use the Amsoil EOA filter, when available with Amsoil’s oil, in an engine that was in good condition, Amsoil will put their neck on the line when it comes to extended drains while under warranty. The only issue is proper application, which is where some get it screwed up. I also suggest to those with a fair amount of miles to do one internal clean with our engine flush. It only takes 15-20 minutes and is simple to do.
Time permitting I’ll add to this but my schedule for the next few days is pretty tight. Answering questions until Jan. will be very limited.
These’s more info on my blog including some fun stuff, that I’ll be updating as time permits.