AMSOIL Torque-Drive Synthetic Transmission FluidAMSOIL has now deemed their Torque-Drive Synthetic Automatic Transmission Fluid to be suitable for use in applications requiring the Mercedes Benz 236.10 specification. AMSOIL now offers three different synthetic ATF’s that meet the MB 236.10 ATF spec (see below). Torque-Drive now also carries the Allison TES 389 specification. TES 389 is a basic Allison spec that covers transmission fluids that are friendly with their transmission seal materials.  Allison “TES 295” is still the prized specification which affirms that an ATF is capable of capable of long service intervals in Allison transmissions.

AMSOIL ATF Products Suitable for the Mercedes Benz 236.10 Specification

Signature Series Multi-Vehicle Synthetic ATF
Signature Series ATF is AMSOIL’s highest quality ATF. It offers the utmost resistance to temperature extremes, wear and deposit formation. Signature Series ATF is also formulated to be capable of very long periods between oil changes.

Torque-Drive Synthetic ATF
This product is primarily marketed to trucks/buses with Allison transmissions needing the TES-295 specification. It is a direct replacement for Allison “Transynd” fluid, but is also suitable for automotive specifications such as Mercedes 236.10.

OE Multi-Vehicle Synthetic Automatic Transmission Fluid
OE ATF offers synthetic performance and protection at a price that is ideal for motorists watching their budgets and service shops looking for a cost-effective transmission oil for their customers.

Rates Remain Firm With a Small Benefit for Wholesale Buyers

Update February 14th: There are some revisions to the initial publication of the new US shipping rates. Note that shipping rates are now slightly more advantageous in some weight categories for retailer/commercial wholesale accounts. See the new rates at the link below.

 
AMSOIL has announced some slight revisions to their shipping rates for orders delivered within the United States. Rates remain very close to the previous version, but wholesale customers can now enjoy preferred rates in some weight categories. Preferred Customers, AMSOIL dealers, commercial accounts and retailers will save a few cents per pound on their freight charge.  We have published these new rates in our AMSOIL United States Shipping Rates page.

What About Canadian Shipping Rates?

Shipping rates for orders distributed within Canada remain unchanged. AMSOIL entered into an exclusive shipping arrangement with Loomis Express a couple of years ago and the result was lower shipping rates to most destinations. In fact, the current rates are the best we’ve seen in the last ten years. Best of all, the prices shown on our AMSOIL Canada Shipping Rate page are accurate to the penny for most destinations “on the beaten path”, so we can offer very firm freight quotes.

 

 

AMSOIL EaBP Bypass Oil Filter ElementA reader asks: “I use an AMSOIL By-Pass Oil Filter system on my pickup truck and my engine oil capacity is less than 9 US quarts. The AMSOIL-recommended replacement filter for sump capacities under 9 quarts is the EaBP90. Can I use the larger EaBP100 filter to gain more capacity?”

Answer

If you have the space, you can definitely use the larger EaBp100 filter element. The larger filter holds an extra half quart, so keep in mind that your oil capacity has now increased by this amount. Whether there is a discernible benefit to going with the larger filter is debatable. The EaBP90 offers more than enough capacity to handle the bypass filtration chores in engines with a sump capacity under 9 quarts, so using the EaBP100 may be overkill. We do think that the extra half quart of oil capacity could offer (very) slight benefits in terms of cooling capacity and oil longevity. Regardless, one should still change the element at every other full-flow oil filter change or 100,000 km (60,000 miles), whichever comes first.

Conversely, can you use a smaller bypass element in an application that calls for a larger filter? For example, suppose one had a newer diesel pickup truck with a 14 US quart capacity where an EaBP100 is suggested, but the mounting location lacked the room for the EaBP100. Or suppose that the owner only had the shorter EaBP90 on hand.

Yes one can use the shorter EaBP90 filter element in this case. There will be no operational difficulties with using the smaller bypass element. As the shorter filter has less capacity, we would suggest cutting the service interval and replacing the filter every 60,000 km (37,000 miles) instead of 100,000 km (60,000 miles).

AMSOIL Bypass Filter Suggestions by Sump Size and Dimensions

EaBP90

Use in engines with sump sizes up to 8.5L (9 US quarts)
Dimensions-
Filter Height 5.8”
Filter Height with mount 8”
Diameter 4.3”

EaBP100

Use in engines with sump sizes up to 14.2L (15 US quarts)
Dimensions-
Filter Height 7.3”
Filter Height with mount 10”
Diameter 4.3”

EaBP110

Use in engines with sump sizes up to 19.9L (21 US quarts)
Dimensions-
Filter Height 10.4”
Filter Height with mount 12”
Diameter 4.3”

Why You Must Change this Commonly Held Driving Misconception

When most all of us were trained to drive, it was universally taught that the correct steering wheel hand positions were located at “10 o’clock and 2 o’clock”. This was the steering position that gave the driver the best leverage and maneuverability to control the vehicle in the days prior to power steering. This hand position was ingrained and many driving instructors teach this to this day. But these days, auto safety experts are telling us that the “10 and 2” steering position is incorrect and potentially very dangerous.

Why is the 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock Hand Position Wrong?

The simple reason is the advent of the modern airbag located in the center of the steering wheel. In the event of an air bag deployment, hands in the 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock position (or hands at the 12 o’clock position) can be driven into your face with tremendous force. Despite the lifesaving aspects of air bags, serious hand, arm and facial injuries can result from having your arms in the way when an airbag deploys.

According to auto safety experts (including the American Automobile Association), the new correct hand position is located at either “9 o’clock and 3 o’clock” or at “8 o’clock and 4 o’clock”. In these positions, your arms will more likely be directed to the sides in an air bag deployment, rather than straight back at your head. Most steering wheels have spokes at “9 and 3”, so you can safely rest your hands there and never have to hunt around for the proper steering position. With modern power steering, vehicle control is effortless when using these hand positions and you are less likely to be injured by your own arms in a crash. The images below show the right and wrong way to grip the steering wheel.

Wrong Steering Wheel Hand Positions

10 o'clock and 2 o'clock steering position

The 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock steering wheel position is now considered unsafe.

The 12 o'clock steering wheel position

The common 12 o’clock steering position is also dangerous.

New Correct Steering Wheel Hand Positions

The safer 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock steering position

The 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock steering wheel position is now deemed to be safer.

The 8 o'clock and 4 o'clock steering postion

Even the 8 o’clock and 4 o’clock steering wheel position is a safer option.

 

AMSOIL Arctic Synthetic Grease

AMSOIL Arctic Synthetic Grease

AMSOIL has just released a brand new grease designed for easy pumping in severe cold and as most of North America is currently in the grips of one of the coldest winters in recent memory, it seems rather fitting.

New AMSOIL Arctic Synthetic Grease is an NLGI #1 grease that is formulated to pump in temperatures down to -40. If you’ve ever tried to service machinery in freezing winter conditions, you know that conventional grease is very difficult (if not impossible) to pump out of either manual, cordless or air grease guns. Greasing equipment in frigid temperatures can be ineffective, time consuming and may be skipped altogether. New Arctic Grease flows easilly so that servicing is completed faster and much more effectively on the coldest winter days imaginable.

This all-purpose Synthetic Arctic Grease is suitable for general chassis and bearing service in automotive, construction, farm and industrial equipment.

Frequently Asked Questions About AMSOIL Arctic Grease

Question: Can AMSOIL Arctic Grease be used in warm weather?

Answer: Yes. Like most NLGI #1 grade greases, AMSOIL Arctic Grease has a very wide operating temperature range and will provide effective year-round protection. Therefore you do not have to race out to remove this grease as spring and summer arrive. While this grease is designed for easy pumping in cold weather, protection is not compromised during the summer. The exception would be high speed or high temperature applications that specifically require an NLGI #2 grade grease.

Question: What is the operating temperature range of Arctic Grease?

Answer: AMSOIL Arctic Grease has a wide operating temperature range from -59C (-75F) up to +157C (315F). Arctic Grease pumps out of grease guns down to -40C (-40F).

Question: What types of components can be serviced with AMSOIL Arctic Grease?

Answer: Arctic Grease is an ideal all-purpose grease for automotive, construction, industrial or home use. Suitable items for service include:

  • General chassis service
  • Bearings
  • Bushings
  • Pins
  • Pivots
  • Steering
  • Suspension

Question: Is AMSOIL Arctic Synthetic Grease the best choice for greasing my snowmobile?

Answer: If ease of pumping in bitter cold temperatures is your primary concern, then Arctic Grease will be a great choice and deliver superb protection. However, our number one grease choice for snowmobiles is still the AMSOIL Water Resistant Synthetic Grease. It provides unbelievable resistance to snow, ice, water spray and mud, while still offering very good cold weather pumping.

Question: Can AMSOIL Arctic Synthetic Grease be mixed with other brands of grease?

Answer: AMSOIL Arctic Grease uses calcium sulfonate thickeners and is compatible with most brands and types of greases. For best results, flush out most of the old grease when switching to and from Arctic Grease. In the remote chance that separation or incompatibility is observed, completely flush the component and re-grease.

Question: What formats and tube sizes of Arctic Grease are available?

Answer: AMSOIL Arctic Synthetic Grease is available in 15 ounce tubes only. Here are the part numbers for single tubes and cases:

  • Single 15 oz. tubes, part # GECCR-EA
  • Case of 10 tubes, part # GECCR-CA
  • Case of 40 tubes, part # GECCR-PK

Question: Where can I buy AMSOIL Arctic Synthetic Grease?

Answer: We can quickly deliver Arctic Grease to any location in Canada or the United States at the best price. We ship from 2 warehouses in Canada and 11 in the United States. Request a price list using the form at the upper right of this page or call us at 1-800-748-5781.

 

AMSOIL Inc and Oildepot will no longer distribute NGK Spark Plugs, TRICO Wiper Blades and Mothers Wax-Cleaning products in Canada and the United States. Oildepot will continue to offer remaining stock while supplies last. Contact us using the form on your right or call us at 1-800-748-5781

NGK, TRICO and Mothers are all trusted brands and deliver stellar products, so we are truly sorry to offer this news. With increasing costs, shrinking margins and the fact that all of these products are available virtually everywhere, AMSOIL felt it was best to concentrate their efforts in other areas. At Oildepot, we will continue to enjoy the reliable quality offered by each. We consider NGK plugs to be the most reliable and best performing on the planet. TRICO wiper blades always fit well, perform dependably and last a long time. Mothers waxes always deliver a beautiful, easy-to-apply shine.