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Oil Lesson #2

– Hepatica Wildflower, photo by Steve Dawes 2015

Premium Synthetic Oil is handcrafted just like any other product.

It’s composed of a base stock and a large number of additives to get the quality characteristics desired.

Over a dozen additives are used, anti-foaming, anti-corrosion, acidity reducers and many others.

The differences in quality can make a huge difference in your life, saving time and money.

Switching from conventional oil or a cheap synthetic to Amsoil produces a savings of $1000.00/year for the average driver.

Switching from a well made Synthetic like Mobile 1 to Amsoil produces $500/year savings for the average driver.

Since you are stopping for gas less frequently you save time too.
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Motorcycle Transmission Fluid

— Photograph by Stephen M. Dawes 2014

New AMSOIL Synthetic V-Twin Transmission Fluid and AMSOIL Synthetic V-Twin Primary Fluid are purpose-built for bikers who prefer a dedicated transmission or primary lubricant over a multi-use product. Available from Steve in Chambersburg (717) 658-1256 or M&S Harley-Davidson (717) 709-9650.

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Get in the swim use Amsoil.

Fuel economy improvements are additive.

In other words you get a percentage improvement in each case where you switch to better component lubes.

For-instance, you get a 3-5% for switching the motor to premium Amsoil Synthetic, 3-5% for switching the transmission and 3-5% for switching the differentials.

So this means a 9-15% total improvement.

Other steps can add even more like the use of a fuel treatment periodically. 2-6%.

All in all, you can hope for up to 30%.

Of course you still get the other benefits of superior lubes, such as, longer lasting transmissions and motors, as well as, the opportunity for long oil change intervals — 25,000 miles.

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TCP Cycles

– Photo by Steve Dawes 2015

TCP Cycles. Outstanding mechanic. ATV’s Motorcycles, small engines. State Inspections. Snowmobiles.

(717)264-1396.

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Estimating Fuel Savings

-Photo by Steve Dawes 2014

Only Certified Mechanical Engineers, usually with Mechanical Engineering Degrees, using 100’s of thousands of dollars worth equipment and ASTM testing standards can tell how good a lubricant is and what fuel economy improvements are at hand.

_Is there any chance that the average consumer can tell?_

Yes and No.

Keep in mind that fuel economy is determined by a lot of different variables.

Surprisingly one of the biggest is the weather. Frigid air is denser and more difficult to push through. Cold tires and pavement make for less traction. Also colder air temperature and colder fuel are more difficult for fuel systems to atomize. ( Variances are 5-30%). Everybody notices that in the winter they are getting poorer fuel economy.

This can totally wipe out real gains from using better components and premium lubricants from Amsoil.

But, there are of course many others: spark plugs, air filters, dirty fuel systems, faulty sensors, lubricity etc.

MPG gauges, if you have one, can be fooled too because they use the motors vacuum system to get their estimate. ( When your automatic transmission shifts to a lower gear your MPG gauge will report that your fuel economy has improved. This is not the case, your motor vacuum has changed.)

So, what can the average consumer do?

_Run a Controlled Experiment._

That’s one reason my Fuel Economy Cheat Sheet suggest doing the entire drive-train and using fuel additives along with other premium replacement part choices.

Prior to the age of ethanol we only had to use a fuel treatment once or twice a year. Unfortunately, the ethanol molecule separates from the petroleum molecule with the slightest condensation and sinks to the bottom of your gas tank.

Amsoil’s Performance Improver Fuel Treatment (PI) is designed to be used every 4000 miles. ( Also, Amsoil makes specific fuel treatments for diesels and small engines). Savings in fuel, on average, for someone who consumes 100 gallons of gas a month are roughly $45) Bottle PI costs $8.50 (Preferred Customer) so subtract that out.

Steve Dawes, T-1 Certified Direct Jobber, Amsoil Synthetics
(717) 658-1256
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