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Exposing the "One Arm Bandit" - AMSOIL Information Series


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Initial post: Sep 8, 2012 3:50:34 AM PDT
Carl G says:
An AMSOIL Information Series segment with Rob Stenberg on how the Falex test machine can be used to achieve results that may be misleading in determining the wear protection properties of lubricants.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ne7ayhPVVYY&feature=related

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 7:24:35 PM PDT
Turbo6 says:
I call the stuff "SCAMsoil".

PT Barnum would be proud of every person pushing the stuff........

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 10:11:11 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 28, 2012 8:05:33 AM PDT
Dean says:
Amsoil is actually correct. Using a test that has no correlation to actual operating conditions experienced in an engine is fairly pointless as an indicator of how a given product might extend engine life.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2012 11:58:34 PM PDT
Carl G says:
I agree!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2012 8:08:28 AM PDT
Turbo6 says:
Yes, I agree - that test is worthless. Just about as worthless as most oil additives!

I keep most vehicles well past 150K and haven't had any lubrication related issues just using plain old motor oil with no additives.

As far as Amsoil goes, I'm sure it's a good product but it is not worth the extra money. My current vehicle is a 2005 Subaru with 140K miles. It has been run with WalMart dino oil changed every 8-10K miles. Still runs like new. I'm sure it will make it to over 200K easily, although I might shorten the service interval as it ages because I think the oil will get contaminated sooner as the rings and cylinder bores wear with use.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2012 10:48:16 AM PDT
Dean says:
I work with a guy who has over 500k on his Silverado, and he doesn't baby it with any special oil. There's a (millionmilevan.com) website by a guy who has an old Econoline that got up to 1.3 million miles on it, and he claims he was changing the oil every 10-15k.

Posted on Sep 28, 2012 1:51:45 PM PDT
Turbo6 says:
If your driving conditions allow it, there's nothing wrong with extended oil changes. There are certain exceptions for certain engines which are prone to sludging, like some toyota's, saab's, chrysler's and audi's.

My wife's A4 1.8T gets full synthetic (WalMart brand) every 5K or 6 months, whichever comes first. The little 1.8 turbo is harder on oil than the non-turbo 2.5 subaru and it has a reputation for not being so tolerant to extended oil changes. Other than that, it is a sweet little engine that puts a smile on my face when I give it the beans.
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Initial post:  Sep 8, 2012
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