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OEMs Inflate Price of Inferior Lubes to Profit From Consumer Assumptions of Quality

Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) typically recommend their own brands of motor oils and lubricants for their equipment. Consumers believe those "brand name" lubes are the best for the motorcycles, snowmobiles, ATVs, outboard motors and other recreational equipment they buy.

"Consumers often operate under the premise that the manufacturer not only knows what's best for the equipment but also provides the best," said Dave Anderson, AMSOIL technical product manager. "Their impression is that the OEM oils are always the best, and in many cases nothing could be further from the truth." Anderson has more than 25 years of experience at AMSOIL and has conducted numerous comparison tests throughout that time.

Consumers falsely assume OEMs actually manufacture the oils and lubes that carry their brand name.

However, OEMs typically buy low-cost and sometimes low-quality oils from lubricant manufacturers, put their labels on them and send them out for distribution at dealerships.

"Manufacturers can command higher prices simply because the consumer perceives it to be more appropriate for the application," Anderson said.

Contrary to consumers perception, research indicates OEM lubes often aren't equal to the performance quality of the cheapest aftermarket oils on store shelves.

"Manufacturers probably do know more about the equipment," Anderson said. "If indeed they know what's best for their product, their lubricants should outperform - or at least meet the performance levels of - the other products out there. But results show that in most cases OEM oils were inferior to others."

Consumers are sometimes let to believe that using any other oils or lubricants will void their factory warranties.

The federal Magnuson-Moss Act of 1975 was enacted to protect consumers. It says in part: "No warrantor of a consumer product may condition his written or implied warranty of such product on the consumer's using, in connection with such product, any article or service (other than article or service provided without charge under the terms of the warranty) which is identified by brand, trade or corporate name." - United States Code, Title 15, Chapter 50, Section 2302 (c).

Results of lubrication comparison tests follow:

4-Ball Wear Protection Test (ASTM D-4172)

The ASTM D-4172 4-Ball Wear Test determines an oil's ability to minimize wear in case of metal-to-metal contact.

Four steel balls are placed in the test oil with one held in place and rotated under a prescibed load and temperature against the other three.

After a one-hour period of constant load, speed and temperature, the lower three balls are inspected at the point of contact. Wear appears as a single scar on each of the balls. The lower the average scar diameter, the better the wear protection of the oil.

AMSOIL 20W-50 Synthetic Motorcycle Oil (MCV) offers significantly better wear protection than competing OEM motorcycle oils.

The High Temperature/High Shear Test measures an oil's viscosity (thickness) at high temperatures under shearing forces. Shear stable oils that are able to maintain high viscosity at high temperatures perform well in the HTHS Test. The test combines viscosity, shear stability and viscosity index. It's important because bearings require the greatest level of protection during high temperature operation. The higher the test result, the greater the level of protection offered by the oil.

AMSOIL 20W-50 Synthetic Motorcycle Oil significantly outperformed competing OEM motorcycle oils in High Temperature/High Shear Testing.

"In order for AMSOIL to do our job properly, we have to have an intimate knowledge of the products it's going to be used in," Anderson said. "We focus on the lubrication needs. We know more about how to meet those needs because that's our job. We make the best motor oils and lubricants - that's what we do."


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Why Motor Oil Deteriorates

It is common knowledge that, at some point, engine oil must be changed. It's something that is preached relentlessly to vehicle owners by vehicle manufacturers, quick lubes and oil companies. But consumers are widely unaware of what exactly makes oil changes necessary.

Many factors contribute to a motor oil's demise, but it is essentially the accumulation of contaminants in the oil and chemical changes in the oil itself that make a motor unfit for further service. With time, it is inevitable that the oil will be contaminated by dirt or sludge, or succumb to the extreme pressures or temperatures found inside an engine. AMSOIL Motor Oils are formulated with the industry's most advanced synthetic base stocks and additive packages to combat the forces that deteriorate conventional oils. (read more)


What is the NOACK Volatility Test?
Volatization is a term used to describe what happens to a fluid as it is heated to the point it begins to "boil off." Upon reaching a certain temperature, oil will begin to lose some of its lighter weight molecules as they "boil off" and leave heavier weight molecules behind. Not only does this cause higher oil consumption, this process can also cause increased viscosity making the oil more difficult to circulate through the lubrication system. (read more)


Quality Takes Priority at AMSOIL

The AMSOIL chemical laboratory plays an important role in the daily operations at AMSOIL headquarters. The lab fulfills tech service requests, performs competitor testing and comparisons, and works on the research and development of products at AMSOIL. One of the most important jobs at the lab is quality control. AMSOIL is known for formulating high-quality products and the AMSOIL chemists ensure that everything coming in and going out meets AMSOIL standards. How do they do it? (read more)


Premium AMSOIL Synthetic Motor Oils offer the longest drain intervals on the market, unsurpassed protection and performance that effectively extends equipment life and improved fuel economy, saving customers money at the pump and reducing the nation's dependence on foreign oil.


"AMSOIL INC. warrants that the use of its lubricants will not cause mechanical damage to any mechanically sound equipment when AMSOIL INC. products are used in full compliance with the company's recommendations and instructions."


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AMSOIL synthetic motor oils are formulated to surpass engine test specifications, offering protection far greater than competing motor oils for extended drain intervals. Most synthetic oil manufacturers make no claim to extended drain intervals, deferring to the maintenance schedule provided by the vehicle manufacturer. With its unparalleled oil and warranty program, AMSOIL offers consumers unprecedented protection and economics.


Another AMSOIL First

More than 20 years ago, AMSOIL began using the NOACK volatility test as a comparison tool and measurement of quality. Back then, nearly every oil tested side-by-side with AMSOIL synthetic motor oils failed, and those that passed barely squeaked by. Other oil companies paid no attention to NOACK results until Ford Motor Company made it a requirement for service fill oils, validating what AMSOIL had said all along.


THE NOACK Volatility Test
The NOACK Volatility Test determines the evaporation loss of lubricants in high temperature service. The more motor oils vaporize, the thicker and heavier they become, contributing to poor circulation, reduced fuel economy and increased oil consumption, wear and emissions. AMSOIL Synthetic Motor Oil resists high temperature volatization better than other motor oils. AMSOIL Synthetic Motor Oil maintains peak fuel efficiency and reduces oil consumption and emissions.

AMSOIL Now An ISO Certified Manufacturer
AMSOIL recently received ISO 9001:2000 certification of our Quality Management System (QMS). NSF International Strategic Registrations is the registrar that has verified our QMS meets the requirements of the ISO 9001:2000 standard, the most widely utilized quality standard throughout the world for quality management systems. ISO standards are used by over 300,000 companies worldwide setting rigorous standards for businesses, government and industry.

ISO 9001:2000 is applicable to any manufacturing and service organization providing a framework for system development that focuses on the customer, quality system performance and ongoing improvement. AMSOIL received ISO 9001:2000 registration under the scope: synthetic lubricants blending, packaging, and other fulfillment directly associated with lubricant product.

The ISO certification puts AMSOIL in line with some of the most efficient companies in the world. It is further assurance that the products and services AMSOIL provides will continue to maintain the high level of quality the company always demanded.


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