2019 Polaris RMK Pro Snowmobile

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AMSOIL offers a complete line-up of snowmobile oils and lubricants. These products offer a performance and protection upgrade that will enhance your fun and protect your investment. Let’s take a closer a look at AMSOIL’s snowmobile products.

Oildepot offers AMSOIL Snowmobile products at wholesale prices. We ship from warehouses in Canada and the United States. Contact us for a price list using the form on this page or call us at 1-800-748-5781.

Synthetic 2-Stroke And 4-Stroke Oils For Snowmobiles

AMSOIL Interceptor Synthetic 2-Stroke Injector OilInterceptor Synthetic 2-Stroke Oil
Interceptor is the benchmark for modern high-performance 2-stroke oils. This is the premium option for the very latest 2019 2-stroke engines from Ski-Doo, Polaris and Arctic Cat. Interceptor is also a great choice for older 2-stroke engines needing the best possible oil. Interceptor provides exceptional wear protection, clean power valves, low-smoke and a -56°C cold pour point. A reasonably priced replacement for Arctic Cat APV and C-TEC2, Polaris VES and VES-Extreme and Ski-Doo XPS Synthetic 2-Stroke Oils.

AMSOIL Synthetic 2-Stroke Injector OilSynthetic 2-Stroke Injector Oil
AMSOIL Synthetic 2-Stroke Injector Oil is ideal for recreational, utility and older snow machines. A great choice for fan- or liquid-cooled engines. Also suitable for motors equipped with variable exhaust power valves. AMSOIL Injector Oil provides exceptional synthetic 2-stroke performance at a great price. This is a fantastic upgrade over mineral, semi-synthetic and many synthetic 2-stroke oils.

AMSOIL Dominator Synthetic 2-Stroke Racing OilDominator Synthetic Racing 2-Stroke Oil
A “racing only” synthetic 2-stroke oil. For highly-modified, hot-running engines that are torn down frequently. Provides exceptional high-RPM, high-temp protection. Dominator is formulated to deliver maximum power output.

For recreational snowmobiles, Interceptor is the better choice, regardless of hard the engine is pushed. Dominator Racing Oil does not contain adequate detergents for the power valves in “everyday” sleds.

AMSOIL Formula 4-Stroke Synthetic 0W-40 Motor OilFormula 4-Stroke 0W-40 Synthetic Powersports Engine Oil
A shear-stable 0W-40 motor oil for four-stroke snowmobile engines (including turbo models). The robust synthetic formula allows this 0W-40 to protect against extreme operating temperatures and heavy loads. The cold-pour-point of -51°C provides fast oil flow and improved start-ups.

Synthetic Chaincase Oil And Chassis Grease

AMSOIL Synthetic Chaincase Oil
This maintenance item is a no-brainer for almost any snowmobile. AMSOIL Chaincase Oil contains extreme-pressure additives to provide maximum protection. Pours down to -46°C for smooth cold weather performance. Prevents rust and corrosion during off-season. Ideal for most all brands of chaincases.

AMSOIL Synthetic Water-Resistant Grease
AMSOIL Water Resistant Grease resists washout from water, snow, ice and mud. Keeps vital suspension and chassis components lubricated under all conditions. Provides smooth performance in cold conditions. Protects against rust and corrosion.

Snowmobile Fuel Additives

AMSOIL Quickshot Gasoline Additive
Prevents ethanol damage in 2- or 4-stroke engines. Cleans injectors and carbs as well as spark plugs and combustion chambers. Stabilizes fuel to prevent gum and varnish formation. A smart, economical maintenance practice for every tank of gas.

AMSOIL Gasoline Stabilizer
Provides long-term fuel preservation in 2-stroke and 4-stroke engines. Adding stabilizer to fresh gasoline is a must before off-season storage.

AMSOIL Dominator Octane Boost
Prevents engine knock in high compression engines. An ideal solution for situations where premium or high-octane fuel is not available.

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

A reader asks: My car has two cabin filter options. One is a carbon cabin filter and the other is a regular cabin filter. What are the differences or advantages between the two filters? Do the carbon filters provide better air quality? 

Our answer: The filter media of a carbon cabin filter contains activated charcoal. These filters have a darker appearance compared to regular paper cabin filters. The function of the carbon/charcoal component is to block some odors from the air entering the vehicle interior.  That is the only function of a carbon cabin filter.

Aside from the odor-removing feature, carbon cabin filters perform exactly the same task as regular cabin filters. Both filter types stop dust, dirt, pollen and soot from entering the car interior through the ventilation system. In that respect, cabin filters certainly do improve the air quality in your car.

Do Carbon/Charcoal Cabin Filters Remove Carbon Monoxide?

In other words, will a carbon cabin filter make the air in your car safer? Will it remove dangerous gasoline and diesel exhaust? The short answer is no. Carbon/charcoal cabin filters will not filter out carbon monoxide and other toxic exhaust fumes. Again, a carbon cabin filter can remove odors, but that feature does necessarily make the breathing air safer than with regular cabin filters.

How Often Should You Change Your Cabin Filter?

Your car’s cabin filter should be changed once per year. Once you see how dirty these filters can get, you’ll understand why they have to be changed relatively often. A clogged cabin filter can restrict the air flow of your car’s heating/cooling system. When its time to defrost your windows in winter or cool down the interior in summer, maximum air flow is vital.

Changing Your Own Cabin Filter

Rather than have a dealer or shop change out your cabin filter, consider doing it yourself. Shops will charge a small fortune for this task. Do a search on YouTube for the cabin filter change procedure for your vehicle. You might be surprised at how easy it is.

AMSOIL OE 0W-16 Synthetic Motor OilThe 0W-16 motor oil viscosity is now on the market and will be the factory-fill in a growing number of popular car engines.

The immediate question for many might be “Is 0W-16 Too Thin?”. We cover that question in a post here.

Let’s look at 0W-16 motor oil by the numbers. Below are common motor oil metrics comparing 0W-16 with 0W-20, 5W-20 and 5W-30 engine oils.

What Is A 0W-16 Motor Oil?

The 0W-16 motor oil viscosity is now suggested for the 2018 (and newer) Honda Fit and Toyota Camry (2.5L engines). This motor oil grade meets the criteria of “0W” winter weight and “16” high-temperature viscosity.

0W-16 Motor Oil By The Numbers

The 0W-16 motor oil example we will be using is AMSOIL OE 0W-16 Synthetic Motor Oil. To compare apples to apples, we will use the AMSOIL OE Series 0W-20, 5W-20 and 5W-30.

Kinematic Viscosity at 40°C

Kinematic viscosity measures a motor oil’s resistance to flow under gravity. This viscosity test is measured in “centistokes” (or “cSt”).

Below are the kinematic viscosity numbers for AMSOIL OE Series Synthetic 0W-16, 0W-20, 5W-20 and 5W-30 measured at 40°C. Note that the 0W-16 viscosity at 40°C (104°F) is about 57.6% of the viscosity of 5W-30.

0W-16 0W-205W-205W-30
36.5 cSt46.0 cSt48.5 cSt63.4 cSt

Kinematic Viscosity at 100°C

At 100°C (212°F), 0W-16 is 65% of the viscosity of 5W-30. Note that 0W-20 and 5W-20 have the exact same viscosity at this temperature. Keep in mind that they both measure as 20-weight oils at hot temperatures.

0W-16 0W-205W-205W-30
7.2 cSt8.6 cSt8.6 cSt11.0 cSt

Cold Cranking Simulator Viscosity

This industry standard test simulates how well an engine oil will crank during cold temperatures. The motor oil test sample is cooled to a specific temperature. A motor stator is then spun in the cold oil. The resistance created by the cold oil is measured and converted to “centipoise” (or “cP”). Centipoise is a viscosity measurement unit. Higher centipoise values mean that a greater amount of energy is required to crank over the oil in cold temps.

“0W” motor oils are measured at -35°C, while “5W” motor oils are measured at -30°C.

0W-16 0W-205W-205W-30
4781 cP @-35°C5859 cP @-35°C4310 cP @-30°C4555 cP @-30°C

Cold Pour Point

The cold-pour-point is simply determined at the temperature where a motor oil stops flowing. Note that as both the 0W-16 and 0W-20 have a “0W” winter viscosity, they end up with identical cold-pour-points.

0W-16 0W-205W-205W-30
-48°C (-54°F)-48°C (-54°F)-44°C (-47°F)-44°C (-47°F)

Noack Volatility

The Noack Volatility test procedure heats a motor oil to 250°C and exposes it to moving air for one hour. The amount of oil lost to evaporation during this test is shown by percentage. Lighter viscosity motor oils will tend to have higher volatility losses.

0W-16 0W-205W-205W-30
12.4%12.0%8.6%9.4%

High Temperature/High Shear

The high temperature/high shear (HTHS) test replicates a motor oil’s ability to flow through tight tolerances of an engine and protect fast moving engine parts. First, a motor oil sample is heated to 150°C and exposed to steady shearing. The viscosity of the oil is measured in “centipoise” (cP). A 5W-30 (being thicker) will naturally achieve a higher HTHS value than a 0W-20 or a 0W-16.

A higher HTHS result presumably offers better wear control. A lower HTTS value generally offers better fuel economy.

Today’s engines and low HTHS motor oils are designed to achieve dependable wear control and long engine life.

If high HTHS oils were the be all/end all, we would be using 15W-40 in our passenger car/light truck engines. That simply isn’t necessary or feasible. The HTTS number should be considered as another viscosity indicator rather than a determining factor in wear control.

0W-16 0W-205W-205W-30
2.3 cP2.74 cP2.8 cP3.3 cP

Do you have questions about 0W-16 motor oil? Feel free to contact us using the form on this page or call us at 1-800-748-5781.