AMSOIL is raising prices in Canada on July 1st, 2015 by an average of 9.5% due to the steep decline of the Canadian dollar over the past year. The Wisconsin-based synthetic oil and filter maker had been grappling with the erratic currency exchange rate for several months and were ultimately forced to take this step.

We’ve got the brand new Canadian AMSOIL wholesale price list and we would be happy to send you a copy. Simply submit the contact form on this page and we’ll rush a .PDF copy to your inbox.

How Does A Lower Loonie Affect AMSOIL Prices?

AMSOIL is based in the United States, so naturally all of their business and productions costs are priced in US dollars. As the Canadian dollar weakens versus the US dollar, it requires more Canadian dollars to cover the cost of their products. The Canadian dollar has weakened by almost 16% since July 1st, 2014. This means that AMSOIL is receiving about 84 cents on the dollar compared to this time last year. As you can imagine, this is a situation that cannot sustain itself without a price adjustment.

Other motor oil producers have been raising their prices in Canada over the last year, so this is not a situation that is unique to AMSOIL.

But Hasn’t The Price Of Crude Oil Dropped Too?

We are often asked, “Hasn’t the drop in the price of crude oil lowered AMSOIL’s raw material costs and doesn’t this offset the weaker Canadian dollar?”. That is a very valid question and one we posed to AMSOIL brass ourselves. Unfortunately the drop in crude prices does not outweigh the drop in the Canadian dollar as one might assume.

The base oils and additives required to make their synthetic oils are very sophisticated chemicals that require expensive processing. The drop in crude prices has little to no effect on these chemical ingredients and many of them have actually increased in price over the past year.

Despite the price increase, AMSOIL has a high-powered and extensive product line that still represents the best value on the market. When one considers the wear protection, performance and long life offered by AMSOIL products, it’s easy to see why your dollar can still go further with AMSOIL.

Questions? Call us at 1-800-748-5781.

AMSOIL Universal Synthetic 75/80W-90 Marine Gear Lube

AMSOIL Universal Synthetic 75/80W-90 Marine Gear Lube is a great replacement fluid for Mercury/Mercruiser Bravo stern drives.

A reader asks: Do you have a replacement gear oil for Mercury Bravo1 stern drives? My dealer sells Mercury High Performance Gear Lube and it is quite expensive for a non-synthetic gear oil.

Answer: We sell AMSOIL Universal 75/80W-90 Synthetic Marine Gear Lube which is a very high-quality replacement oil for Mercury/Mercruiser Bravo stern drives. The Mercury stern drive gear lube is an SAE 90 viscosity. The AMSOIL Marine Gear Lube covers the straight SAE 90 viscosity as well as applications requiring a 75W-90 or 80W-90 gear oils. This premium synthetic formula reduces friction, delivers outstanding wear protection and fights rust during the off-season. AMSOIL Marine Gear Oil can provide this level of performance and protection even with 10% water content. It also prevents oil leaks by conditioning seals. We can sell AMSOIL Marine Gear Lube at a price that is generally lower than Mercury High Performance Gear Lube.

So to sum up, we can provide a full synthetic marine gear oil that is an upgrade for your Merc Bravo stern drive.

Bonus Tip- Pump for Stern Drive and Outboard Lower Unit Oil

Installing gear oil into the stern drive or lower unit is made easier with our convenient oil hand pump. It makes marine gear oil installation easy and clean. This inexpensive oil pump is adaptable for quart bottles, gallon jugs and 2.5 gallon jugs. It is also ideal for adding oil to automotive differentials, transfer cases and transmissions.

AMSOIL Hand Pump for Bottles

 

We have covered the motocross racing successes of Kyle and Jarret Biro in this space a few times over the years. The AMSOIL-sponsored motocross racers are two of the fastest and most successful amateur racers in the nation. Both of the Moose Jaw-based riders have won Western Canadian Amateur titles and have also been on the podium in the Canadian Amateur National Championships.

This past weekend was a very special milestone as Kyle participated in his very first CMRC Canadian Pro National race in Regina, SK. Against seasoned pro riders in the MX2 class, Kyle finished a very solid 11th in the first moto. In the second moto, he was running in 8th until the halfway point when he tried a new line through a fast downhill section and was pitched over the bars. The bike landed on him and once he got back up, the bike wouldn’t start. After several dozen kicks and three lost laps, Kyle finally got going again to finish the race. Despite the second moto problems, Kyle proved that he had the speed to run in the top ten against Canadian (and many American) professionals. At just 17, Kyle definitely turned some heads with his performance.

For the rest of the season, Kyle and Jarret will be focusing on the Western Canadian Amateur Nationals at Raymond, Alberta and the Trans Can Grand National Championships at Walton, Ontario. For 2015, Jarret makes the big move to a 125cc bike from the Supermini and 85cc bikes, but we expect he’ll be up to the challenge. He scored podium finishes in both Raymond and Walton last year in the ultra-competitive Supermini class. Kyle will be looking to close out his amateur career on a strong note. Kyle will also take part in the Walton round of the Pro Nationals which takes place just after the Trans Can amateur event.

Kyle Biro’s Yamaha YZ250F Race Bike

Kyle’s race bike is certainly a looker, but she is certainly more than just a pretty face. It started life as a stock 2014 Yamaha YZ250F which was provided by sponsorship from Schrader Motors and Yamaha Canada. Kyle’s father Keith is an exceptional race bike mechanic, so he had a vision of how to take this bike from stone-stock to to the point where it would be competitive in the pro ranks. Let’s take a look at the details in this slideshow.

Kyle and Jarret Biro would like to thank the following sponsors.

  • Yamaha Canada
  • Schrader Motors
  • Amsoil/Oildepot.ca
  • Factory Connection
  • One Industries
  • Fly
  • Dragon Goggles
  • Team Red Goat
  • Poulsen Farms
  • Rod Rich Consulting
  • Ryno Power
  • Dunlop Tires
  • Atlas Brace
  • LimeNine
  • Mongoose Racing
  • Tag
  • Sunline
  • Matrix

Here’s how to avoid shipping rate surprises.

AMSOIL’s ships most of their Canadian orders by Loomis Express from distribution centres located in Ontario and Alberta. Thanks to burgeoning Canadian sales and improved economies of scale, AMSOIL’s shipping rates within Canada are actually cheaper today than they were 10 years ago.

But there are situations where shipping rates can go beyond regular rates. If you live in a remote location or off courier routes, you could incur “beyond” charges by the shipper. This is something we want to help you avoid. We have heard of situations where someone used a shipping address 15 minutes out of Sudbury and incurred twice the shipping costs that they would have had they requested delivery in the city.

Please note that this situation is very rare and does not apply to 99% of Canadian customers. But if you think your delivery address may be not be “courier friendly” or if your shipment could potentially be handed off to a third-party shipper, we have some tips.

What To Do

  • If you are in rural location or in a small town that may not receive regular courier service, have your order shipped to the nearest city or town that is on a courier route. Orders can be shipped to third parties such as a workplace, business address or friend. Many towns and cities also have Loomis agents that can act as a drop-off centre.
  • This also applies to farms. In most cases, couriers will not drop at farms or rural addresses.
  • For locations in the far north, the best bet is to ship to the nearest large centre.
  • For all of these cases, contact us in advance using the form on this page or call us direct at 1-800-748-5781. We can determine the most advantageous shipping location for your AMSOIL order.

Again, shipping complications are rare and Loomis Express covers the country on a very extensive scale.

We will do our best to make sure that your shipping charges are as low as possible.

Lawn Boy Mower and Stihl Leaf Blower and Trimmer

A reader asks: I’ve got leftover AMSOIL Interceptor on hand from my snowmobile and I’m wondering if I can use this oil as a premix for my 2-cycle chain saw, grass trimmer and leaf blower?

Answer: Yes you certainly can, but let’s expand our answer to include AMSOIL AIO Synthetic Injector Oil (for boats and snowmobiles), which can also be used in lawn and garden applications.

Interceptor or AIO Injector Oil can be mixed at a ratio of 50:1 and each will provide effective performance in all two-stroke lawn/garden tools.

While a product like Interceptor can provide relentless protection in a 160 horsepower snowmobile, it will also work just fine in a 0.85 horsepower string trimmer engine. However, our first choice for a 2-stroke premix oil for this type of service is AMSOIL Saber Professional Synthetic 2-Stroke Premix. It is designed to provide exceptional, low-smoke service in all lawn implements.

Bonus tip: Whenever possible, use only premium gasoline that does not contain ethanol in small engines. Ethanol can be poison to small engines because it can attract moisture. When trace amounts of water and ethanol enters the engine, the result can be dangerously lean combustion that can literally fry your motor. This applies to both lawn/garden engines and recreational motors. Gas pumps are labelled to show the percentage of ethanol, so keep an eye on this. Regular fuel with ethanol is just fine for your car or truck as they are tuned to deal with it.

Questions? Contact us using the form on this page or call us at 1-800-748-5781.

Of all of the auto manufacturers, Volkswagen (and sister company Audi) seem to be the most stringent about deterring motorists from making the wrong motor oil choices for their cars. VW started issuing their own motor oil standards almost 20 years ago as a way to ensure that their cars would perform well and last as long as possible. These specifications have evolved along with the technological changes to their cars and the motor oil industry has had to follow along.

VW motor oil standards are quite high and it is certainly not advisable for a VW or Audi owner to choose motor oil that is not designed to meet that appropriate standard for their car. Why are VW oil standards high? Here are some reasons.

  • Some VW cars are equipped with sophisticated emissions components that can be affected by certain motor oil ingredients.
  • VW suggests some of the longest oil change intervals in the industry.
  • VW engines are manufactured with tight manufacturing tolerances and advanced alloys.
  • VW cars are available in either gasoline or turbo-charged diesel engine formats.
  • The design of VW TDI engines can expose the limitations of lesser motor oils.

Let’s discuss each Volkswagen oil specification and offer an AMSOIL European Formula Motor Oil suggestion for each. We offer 4 distinct European Motor Formulas for Volkswagen applications.

VW 500.00

The VW 500.00 oil standard is now obsolete. It covered VW models from 1997 to 1999. This specification has been replaced by the newer VW 502.00 standard. The correct AMSOIL product for cars requiring VW 500.00 is AMSOIL European Formula “Full-SAPS” 5W-40 Synthetic Motor Oil or AMSOIL European Formula “Full-SAPS” 0W-40 Synthetic Motor Oil. AMSOIL European Formula “Mid-SAPS” 5W-40 Synthetic Motor is an alternate choice for this specification.

VW 501.01

VW 501.01 is also obsolete and was devised for VW cars made prior to the 2000 model year. VW 501.01 has also been replaced by the VW 502.00 spec. For VW cars requiring VW 501.01, use AMSOIL European Formula “Full-SAPS” 5W-40 Synthetic Motor Oil (first choice) or AMSOIL European Formula “Full-SAPS” 0W-40 Synthetic Motor Oil. AMSOIL European Formula “Mid-SAPS” 5W-40 Synthetic Motor is an alternate choice for this specification.

VW 502.00

The VW 502.00 specification is commonly suggested for many gasoline-powered Volkswagens from the late 90s to present. VW 502.00 oils are generally “full-SAPS or “mid-SAPS” formulations. “SAPS” stand for sulfated ash, phosphorus and sulfur which are prominent motor oil additives. Failure to use a VW 502.00 formulation can result in valve train noise and excessive engine wear over time. For VW cars requiring VW 502.00, use AMSOIL European Formula “Full-SAPS” 5W-40 Synthetic Motor Oil or AMSOIL European Formula “Full-SAPS” 0W-40 Synthetic Motor Oil. AMSOIL European Formula “Mid-SAPS” 5W-40 Synthetic Motor is an alternate choice for this specification.

VW 503.00

The VW 503.00 oil spec is a defunct standard for higher horsepower (above 180 hp) Audi models with gasoline engines and very long service intervals. VW 503.00 has been replaced by the VW 504.00 specification. For Audi cars requiring VW 503.00 engine oil, the correct product is AMSOIL European Formula “Low-SAPS” 5W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil.

VW 503.01

VW 503.01 is also an obsolete oil spec for higher horsepower Audi models that have long oil change intervals. VW 503.01 has also been replaced by the VW 504.00 specification. Therefore AMSOIL European Formula “Low-SAPS” 5W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil should be used where VW 503.01 is suggested.

VW 504.00

VW 504.00 is the latest specification for VW/Audi gasoline-powered engines with long oil change intervals. VW 504.00 motor oils are generally 5W-30, “low-SAPS” (sulfated ash, phosphorus and sulfur) formulations. For cars requiring the VW 504.00 motor oil spec, use AMSOIL European Formula “Low-SAPS” 5W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil.

VW 505.00

VW 505.00 was a motor oil specification for diesel cars made prior to 2000. For older diesel cars requiring motor oil with the VW 505.00 spec, use AMSOIL European Formula “Full-SAPS” 5W-40 Synthetic Motor Oil or AMSOIL European Formula “Full-SAPS” 0W-40 Synthetic Motor Oil.

VW 505.01

The VW 505.01 spec is a vital motor oil spec devised for the pre-2007 VW turbo-diesel “Pumpe Duse” (also known as “PD”) engines in Jetta, Golf, Passat and Beetle models. In these engines, the fuel pump system is driven off of the camshaft and use of the wrong motor oil type can lead to accelerated camshaft wear. So it is crucial that VW TDI cars requiring the use of VW 505.01 motor oil stick to this specification. For cars requiring VW 505.01 engine oil, use AMSOIL European Formula “Mid-SAPS” 5W-40 Synthetic Motor Oil.

VW 507.00

VW 507.00 is VW’s latest spec for their turbo-diesel models (Jetta, Golf, Toureg) and is typically specified for TDI cars from 2007 and newer. These cars are equipped with exhaust particle filters, so therefore it is vital that a “low-SAPS” oil is used. Excessive SAPS motor oil additives can contaminate exhaust filters. VW 507.00 motor oils are typically 5W-30. For VW cars requiring the VW 507.00 standard, use AMSOIL European Formula “Low-SAPS” 5W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil.

If you have any questions regarding motor oil choices for your Volkswagen or Audi car, feel free to email us using the contact form on this page or call us at 1-800-748-5781.

A customer of ours recently took delivery of the extraordinary 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. If you aren’t familiar with the Hellcat version of the Dodge Challenger, here is a summary.

  • 707 horsepower/650 ft-lb torque
  • Supercharged 6.2L Hemi V-8
  • 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds
  • Top speed 199 mph

He tells us that the power, acceleration and braking are incredible. He also mentions that the exhaust note is exhilarating and that the car is truly a rush in every sense. He graciously shared some pictures of this rare beast along with video/audio of the rumbling exhaust at start-up. Let’s take a look at the automotive world’s most exciting and modern muscle car.

We are proud of the fact that this discerning customer chose to protect this jewel of an engine with AMSOIL Signature Series Synthetic 0W-40 Engine Oil and the AMSOIL EAO-11 Oil Filter from Oildepot. Signature Series 0W-40 was developed to cover the Chrysler MS-10725, MS-12633 and MS-10850 specifications for Dodge SRT engines.