Synthetic & Petroleum Motor Oil Information

Prepare to learn everything you ever wanted to know about motor oil, but didn’t know to ask. Check out all the informative articles at the links below.

American Automobile Manufacturers Association

by AMSOIL Synthetic Motor Oil Dealer

AAMA is an organization of North American automobile manufacturers which has a great deal of influence over the lubricant minimum performance standards as set forth by ILSAC, SAE, ASTM and the API. It was the AAMA along with JASO that helped to create ILSAC (International Lubricant Standardization and Approval Committee) which plays an integral role […]

American Society of Testing Materials

by AMSOIL Synthetic Motor Oil Dealer

The ASTM, quite simply, is an organization whose primary purpose is to assist in the development of international standards for innumerable processes utilized within countless different industries. With regards to motor oils and lubricants, the most common place that you will run into references to ASTM will be in regards to test methods utilized to […]

API: American Petroleum Institute

by AMSOIL Synthetic Motor Oil Dealer

Besides the SAE viscosity of an oil, API ratings are the most commonly used and referred to in the US when deciding if an oil is right for a particular application. Although there are other motor oil specifications that are sometimes used to determine a motor oil’s quality and it’s appropriateness for a particular application, […]

SAE: Society of Automotive Engineers

by AMSOIL Synthetic Motor Oil Dealer

The SAE is a long-standing organization which has it’s roots in the early 1900’s when automobiles were first becoming a reality. They serve the automotive community in a number of capacities by encouraging networking and education among those professionals that work in the automotive and related industries. They are also integrally involved in the process […]

Japanese Automobile Standards Organization

by AMSOIL Synthetic Motor Oil Dealer

JASO, as their full title suggests, is the organization responsible for establishing standards within the Japanese automotive market (which often overflows into the lubricants industry). It was JASO, along with the AAMA (American Automobile Manufacturers Association) that helped to create ILSAC (International Lubricant Standardization and Approval Committee) which plays an integral role in setting the […]

Motor Oil Viscosity Selection

by AMSOIL Synthetic Motor Oil Dealer

Well, first and foremost, do not overlook the fact that viscosity is not the only criteria critical to proper motor oil selection. You must choose an oil that is matched to your application with regards to it’s formulation and design, specifically basestocks and additives used. For example, if you are running a diesel engine, then […]

What Does Motor Oil Do?

by AMSOIL Synthetic Motor Oil Dealer

As automobiles are redesigned to create more powerful yet efficient engines, lubricants have to be redesigned to meet the increased demands placed on them. Higher engine temperatures and decreased oil sump capacities mean that motor oils have to work much harder in today’s engines than they used to. But what is it really that an […]

NON-Standard Testing Isn’t Testing

by AMSOIL Synthetic Motor Oil Dealer

Most standardized motor oil testing procedues have very specific environmental variables that must be the same every time. However, certain tests can be performed with differing environmental variables. If this is done, the differing variables should be listed along with the test description and results. For instance, the 4-Ball Wear Scar Test, the CCS and […]

“Synthetic” Group III Basestock Oils

by AMSOIL Synthetic Motor Oil Dealer

In a recent article series in Lubes n Greases magazine (March & April 2010), Tom Glenn of Petroleum Trends International made some pretty interesting comments regarding Group III “synthetic” basestocks/base oils – comments that I haven’t heard anyone else making (besides myself). Although the article’s focus really isn’t squarely placed on the issue I’m going […]