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Superior Filtration Plays Important
Role in Engine Protection
A great deal of emphasis is
placed on the importance of using the most advanced high-quality
lubricants, but superior filtration is often taken for granted.
The general attitude displayed by many consumers is to use
whatever is cheapest, even when they've invested is superior
lubrication. While AMSOIL synthetic motor oils provide unbeatable
protection, performance and economy, they require the assistance
of filtration. Without filtration, by-products from the combustion
process and abrasive materials ingested from the air will
ultimately destroy an engine.
Some Contaminants Cause
The level of damage particles cause to an engine is directly
related to the size of the particles. The oil stream within
the engine flows between wear-sensitive surfaces that usually
have clearances between 2 and 22 microns. It is contaninants
in this size range that pose the greatest threat as they can
slip between moving components, causing a great deal of wear.
To appreciate how small these
particles are, one must first understand the measurements
involved in their classification. A micron, or micrometer,
is a very small unit of linear measurement. One micron is
equal to one millionth of a meter, and 25 microns is equal
to 0.001 inch. To better put this in perspective, consider
the diameter of a human hair is 50 - 70 microns.
In a 1988 technical paper published by the Society of Automotive
Engineers (SAE), the relationship between filtration levels
and abrasive engine wear was establisged. Testing determined
that wear was reduced by as much as 70 percent by switching
from a 40 micron filter to a 15 micron filter.
The SAE conducted tests on a
heavy-duty diesel engine and an automotive gasoline engine,
and both provide consistent results. These tests set a new
benchmark for filtration performance.
New Technology Provides
The SAE paper on filtration discusses the introduction of
synthetic fibers into the oil filter market, which offer "the
capability of achieving high levels of filtration without
the traditional sacrifice of dirt holding capacity and increased
flow restriction." Today, the original synthetic technology
is dated and a new pinnacle has been reached with synthetic
nanofiber technology and AMSOIL Ea Filters. While today's
filters offer even greater performance, the message then was
the same as it is now; removal of particles measuring 2 to
25 micron is the key to controlling engine wear, and there
is a direct correlation between oil filter efficiency and
The SAE paper summarizes the test results with the following
"Abrasive engine wear can
be substantially reduced with an increase in filter single
pass efficiency. Compared to a 40 micron filter, engine wear
was reduced by 50% with 30 micron filtration. Likewise, wear
was reduced by 70% with 15 micron filtration.
"Controlling the abrasive
contaminants in the range of 2 to 22 micron in the lube oil
is necessary for controlling engine wear.
"The micron rating of a
filter, as established in a single pass efficiency type test,
does an excellent job in indicating the filter's ability to
remove abrasive particles in the engine lube oil system."
Today's Most Advanced
Ea Oil Filters have been evaluated using today's benchmark
test, the ISO 4548-12 multi-pass test. AMSOIL
Ea Oil Filters provide 98.7 percent efficiency at 15 micron
and up to 70 percent efficiency at 7 micron. Competitive filters
range from as low as approximately 85 to 92 percent efficiency
at 15 micron. When it comes to removing contaminants in the
most critical size range (2 to 22 micron), AMSOIL Ea Filters
greatly outperform competitive filters.
Even with all of the advances in lubrication and engine technology
in the past 20 years, filtration is no less important today
than it was in 1988. The combustion process still produces
by-products that slip into the oil stream, and external contaminants
are still introduced into the engine in a variety of ways.
The challenge for filter manufactured has always been balancing
flow, efficiency and filter life. In order to stop particles
in the 2 to 22 micron range, the pores in the cellulose media
used in many filters are too small to allow adequate oil flow.
Ea Oil Filters feature full-synthetic nanofiber technology.
It is the nanofibers that allow Ea Filters to provide greater
efficiency than any other filter available. Ea Filters stop
more particles, stop smaller particles and last longer than
any other oil filter available for auto/light truck applications.
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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
What is the NOACK Volatility
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.
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
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.
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."
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.
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.
NOACK Volatility Test
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
AMSOIL Now An ISO Certified
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
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.
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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