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Engine Builders: It is generally known by automotive technicians that motor oil is a necessity; but how many of those techs know what it actually is? Differences in formulations, even within the same brand, can be as broad as the motor oil type, or as specific as the additive package used. In order to help

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Engine Builders: After 75,000 miles, your customers’ engines can begin to show their age. They may consume a bit more oil or oil could leak past intake valve stem seals. Higher Mileage specialty motor oils typically contain additives that condition the rubber seals to help reduce oil consumption. They can also have high quality base

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Engine Builders: Maintaining oil drain intervals to those established by OEMs is always recommended because they know how each of their vehicles’ engines performs in the field. Always consult the owner’s manual for oil specification and drain interval. Premium quality motor oil will maintain its effectiveness over the life of the drain without a significant

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Engine Builders: What does SAE 10W-30 actually mean? We all know to check the owner’s manual to find out which weight oil should be used in the engine of a vehicle, and also generally know to only use motor oils with American Petroleum Institute Certification, designated by the starburst displayed clearly on the container, in

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Engine Builders: Everyone who works with cars or trucks is familiar with the terms Torque and Horsepower. But do you understand the difference between the two and can you explain it to your customer? It’s important to have a sound understanding of both and the ability to comprehend what defines each measurement of output. By

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Engine Builders: The AERA Technical Committee offers the following information regarding an engine oil leak for 2005-2007 Toyota 3.5L 2GRFE engines. Some 2GRFE engines may display evidence of a small oil leak, located on the rear side of Bank 1.  The source has been identified as unused side and end bolt holes in the right

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Engine Builders: What is viscosity breakdown? All of us in this business understand an SAE 5W-20 oil is thinner in viscosity than an SAE 10W-30 and that the “W” stands for winter, but that’s probably about where it stops even though there is more to the story. Motor oils thin in viscosity as they warm

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Engine Builders: At Quaker State Research, the folks working on the technical hotline answer hundreds of lubricant questions every day. Let’s answer a few more obscure questions you may or may not have heard before. Question: Can engine oil actually impact my fuel economy? Answer: Yes, but in the range of a few percent. Believe

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Engine Builders: Pennzoil® reengineered its Pennzoil Platinum™ full synthetic motor oil and introduced adaptive molecules that are designed to survive the searing heat, intense pressures and shearing forces of today’s precision-made engine parts. The unique adaptive molecules in Pennzoil Platinum™ are engineered to manage the constant mechanical stresses inside an engine. They constantly change shape

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Engine Builders: Synthetic oils have been available for almost 30 years and a number of inaccurate myths have developed during this time. Some areas of misunderstanding are clarified below, including manufacturer requirements for using synthetics, how to switch from conventional to synthetic oil and the effects of synthetics on an engine. Myth 1: Synthetic oils

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Engine Builders: As engine technology advances to produce more efficient engines, motor oil must continue to meet the increasing demands for lubricating these precision-made engines. Development of the next specification of gasoline-fuel (GF) motor oil began only months after the latest specification, GF-4, became available in 2004. The GF-5 motor oil specification created by the

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Engine Builders: After 75,000 miles, your customers’ engines can begin to show their age. They may consume a bit more oil or oil could leak past intake valve stem seals. Higher Mileage specialty motor oils typically contain additives that condition the rubber seals to help reduce oil consumption. They can also have high quality base