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Vehicle Oil and Maintenance

Get All Your Vehicle’s Vital Maintenance Info and Recommendations Here, Including:

  • Which oils and fluids are recommended for your vehicle, including optional oil grades and synthetic oils?  What oil do you need?
  • How many quarts does your car need?
  • What is the quart, pint or liter oil capacity or fluid capacity of Engine Oil, Radiator, Differentials, and Transmission fluids?
  • How many Grease Fittings do you have?
  • What filters does your vehicle need, including oil filter, fuel filter, engine air filter, cabin air filter, and transmission filter?
  • What other fluids do you need to change and when, such as power steering fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid, differential oil and transfer case fluid?
  • What are the OEM torques for the fill & drain plugs?
  • What wiper blades fit my vehicle?
  • How often should I change my engine oil and vehicle fluids? (See the section below)
  • What are the best oil additives to use?
  • How do I order AMSOIL products?

What about my special application – a motorcycle, RV, snowmobile, classic or muscle car, tow vehicle, natural gas engine, or…?
Yep – we’ve got you covered (see “Look Up My” links above, in the right sidebar, or at the bottom of the page).

We’re your best source of information for four reasons:

  1. Very few “look-ups” give you all of this information together. We use the best vehicle lookups, with more info and best options, to deliver the highest performance protection (and typically the lowest overall vehicle maintenance costs).
  2. Nearly all lookups have a “learning curve” with things you aren’t sure how to interpret.  Our dual system opens the Application Guide in a separate window/tab, and keeps this page open to walk you through questions on how to use it (below).
  3. Our engineers recommend the solutions & products for best performance with the lowest maintenance cost.  In fact, our recommendations can generally triple your remaining vehicle life, save you time, lower your annual maintenance costs, and improve your fuel economy by 2 – 10%.
  4. Our recommendations and the information on this page (further below) are based on the three greatest automotive insider vehicle maintenance secrets, and the 7 lessons of the Million Mile Van.

Fleet managers: resources include the diesel and fleet page, and the Christian ministry and business vehicle maintenance resource.

FIRST, Pull Up YOUR Vehicle – Click Here to Start:

Your Vehicle Info - Guided Lookup(In the new window, Pick Your car, truck or RV. For other applications, click the “Look Up My” links above or to the right.)

Then put in your vehicle:

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  1. Year (example: 2004)
  2. Brand (examples: Ford, Toyota, Cadillac, Suzuki)
  3. Model (examples: Fusion, 2500HD, Sonata)
  4. Engine (examples: 1.8L 4-cyl, 3.4L 6-cyl, 6.6L V-8 diesel)


  • If you don’t see your application, look at the “Look Up My” list above or in the upper right, which will give you the right lookup guide.
  • Your engine often shows it’s size and model on top, or on the air filter box, or on top of the radiator on a label – just open your hood and look.
  • Multiple lubricants are usually listed in each category. They are shown in order of recommendation beginning with best performing technical choice (usually highest price), and the least expensive at the bottom (shortest service life lubricant technologies).
  • Air and oil filters:
    • Filters can sometimes be different on various versions of the same engine, but typically those engine versions are just model updates during the year, or differences in exhaust or emissions tuning for California. You can look at your VIN number code, or just check all versions of your engine size: for example, if you see that all of the 3.2L versions list the same oil or air filter numbers, then the VIN code usually doesn’t matter for that filter type.

    • Filters starting with EA are nanofiber filters.  Always use a nanofiber filter whenever you can, because AMSOIL Ea oil filters reduce particle wear rates by 70%, and AMSOIL Ea air filters reduce particle wear rates by over 90% while far out-flowing the OEM filter.  Most nanofiber oil filters are 25,000 mile rated, but those beginning “EA15k” are 15,000 mile filters due to their small size.AMSOIL is devoted to protection

  • High-Performance Note: the listed lubricant oils assume Original Equipment (OE) configuration – contact us directly for personalized recommendations if you have a high-performance or specialty application. (Examples: upgraded or added turbocharger, high-flow fuel-pump/injectors, “chip” or custom-tuned “power” program, mountain-hauling, rock-climbing, sled-pulling.)
  • Commercial Fleets and Manufacturing Equipment: Contact us with your specific needs. We excel in providing you cost-savings and practical, unconventional expertise that will measurably extend your vehicle & equipment life while reducing maintenance and energy costs.  No fleet is too small, and we do not charge for our engineering recommendations: our goal is to partner with you to optimize your profitability.  (Contact us below.)

Are there any special considerations to change over to AMSOIL synthetic engine oils or other lubricants?   For vehicles more than two years old or more than 30,000 miles, we do recommend the engine flush procedure when changing from petroleum oils to AMSOIL – to safely remove all build-ups of sludge and varnish.  See these details for converting to AMSOIL.

Need help choosing the best oil to use for your application, or the best oil or fluid to use for all the vehicles in your fleet? Want to find out if your engine is at known risk for fatal engine oil sludging?  For help with these and other areas, consult our Recommendation Guide, or Contact Us (below).

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Lessons from the Million Mile Van

How often should I change my vehicle fluids?

We admit it – that’s a tough question for an engineer to answer, because we first want to know all your vehicle details to give you the best possible answer.  However, keeping in mind the three greatest automotive maintenance insider secrets, here’s a rundown of how to triple remaining vehicle life that includes 7 lessons from the Million Mile Van that used these secrets to great advantage:

  • For AMSOIL synthetic fluids including engine oil, transmission fluid, gear oil and more, it’s easy because they have an incredible product recommendation guide, which gets frequently updated to the latest information. Be sure to check the guide to see if your engine has known problems with fatal sludge buildup – it includes special instructions. This guide is also excellent for modified and custom vehicles, because it shows the best lubricants for different applications and power levels.
  • Transmission Fluid:  After the first 30,000 miles (or less) on your vehicle, it’s time to change the tranny fluid to maximize its’ life. Change it now to AMSOIL synthetic transmission fluid, then in most cases change them again every 50,000 miles (severe duty) or 100,000 miles (normal use). See the Recommendation Guide for more detail.
  • Brake Fluid: Safety experts recommend you “bleed” your brakes once a year, and change the brake fluid every two years. Why worry? Because your panic-stop distances can increase by 20% in just 3 years, and continue to 50% further in 10 years. It’s our opinion that old brake fluid is one of the largest contributors to non-DUI accidents. Please be the driver who could stop – not the one who rear-ended a vehicle, or swerved into a ditch.  (When AMSOIL finally responded to requests to investigate brake fluids, they determined that they HAD to pursue this area with their typical passion.  The result is that AMSOIL introduced the best brake fluids on the market at very reasonable prices, yet outperforming even expensive racing fluids.)
  • Power Steering Fluid:  Most people – even the professionals – completely ignore this. That’s the secret reason why power steering systems fail after 90,000 to 200,000 miles: the steering fluid failed long ago.  Here’s a simple way that ANYONE can keep their power-steering system from wearing out:Rugged and simple fluid extraction pump
    Every two years or 50,000 miles, use a fluid extraction pump to suck the fluid out of the reservoir. (Here you can buy the best cheap heavy-duty extraction pump we’ve ever used. Or – secret – hit the kitchen utensils section in the store and pick up a turkey baster!) Then fill up the reservoir with AMSOIL Synthetic Universal Power Steering Fluid or AMSOIL synthetic transmission fluid per your vehicle’s design.  Most vehicles will take 1/2 to 1.5 half-quart bottles of fluid to refill the reservoir.
  • Differentials and transfer cases – these tough gear boxes usually fail because their gear lube failed long ago. The first fluid change should be at 5,000 miles to AMSOIL synthetic gear lubes to maximize their life by removing the break-in particles and the heat-damaged fluid, then in most cases change them again every 50,000 miles (severe duty) or 100,000 miles (normal use). Here’s how to prevent differential failure.  For more detail, read our Gear Lube Comparison Research white paper.

What is the best oil additive to use?

If you want better oil performance, the best solution is to buy a better oil!  With AMSOIL’s fully synthetic Signature Series oils and EaO nanofiber oil filters, you are buying the pinnacle in lubrication technology with the maximum possible wear protection: nothing can be added to AMSOIL to enhance its performance, so that anything added will actually detract from AMSOIL’s balanced high-performance technologies.  In fact, we believe AMSOIL products provide more than a 75% wear-rate reduction, and the Million Mile Van is proof that you don’t need better performance than that.  However if you have specific questions about additives, just dive into our resource on Oil Additives.  And here is a detailed discussion on how to pick the best engine oil.

LSPI Super-Knock – Why Oil Additives Have Become a VERY Bad Idea

How do you protect your 2016+ turbocharged gas engine from “super-knock”, or Low Speed Pre-Ignition (LSPI) damage, which is caused by normal driving?  Vehicle manufacturers know LSPI damage is a serious risk and have programmed vehicle software which “detunes” the engine below the intended level of engine horsepower and fuel economy, in order to avoid LSPI-inducing conditions. Doing so, however, limits fuel efficiency.  The SAE, API, ASTM and OEM’s will soon issue a new oil grade with new tests to prove oils prevent LSPI (not a simple task).  Next, to extract maximum efficiency from their advanced power plants, OEMs will soon implement software updates (expected in 2019) that will increase both fuel economy and the risk of LSPI. New cars sold after this will have the updates, and vehicles serviced by dealers will get the updates.

After the software installation, engines without the protection of a motor oil formulated to combat LSPI will be at great risk of severe damage.  HOWEVER, one risk which is getting little attention is aftermarket engine-oil additives.  At DMT Technical, we believe it is likely that use of oil additives will imbalance the finely-tuned oil formulations and create a wave of super-knock engine rebuilds which will NOT be covered under warranty.

We are pleased with how AMSOIL has worked hard to fully prepare for these future OEM updates, by reformulating their product line long before new testing standards are finalized.  Proving it can protect turbocharged direct-injected engines, AMSOIL entire new line of synthetic engine oils have all achieved 100 percent protection against LSPI in the engine test required by the GM dexos1®Gen 2 specification.

AMSOIL seems expensive – how can I justify paying so much?

For most people it’s fairly easy once they consider all the actual costs and benefits on an annual basis, instead of per-oil-change. And of course, you’ll want to become a Preferred Customer through us, to save about 25% from retail while getting our free automotive-engineering support and advice. The bottom line is that  AMSOIL really saves money.  Now, this doesn’t include fuel savings or time savings, but consider this example to see what we mean when you buy at wholesale and have it shipped to your door (in about 3 days):

AMSOIL Savings Cost Calculator 2015

Ready to order AMSOIL products?

That’s easy:

  1. Visit this guided vehicle-maintenance page that you’re on (above), and plug in your vehicle year and model.
  2. Save 25 Percent on AMSOILEither make your list of product stock numbers to purchase, or add them to your Shopping Cart as you go.
    Items most often overlooked:  at least two extra quarts for engine top-offs; AMSOIL engine flush (see converting to AMSOIL); Ea nanofiber oil filter (70% wear rate reduction.)
    Also, if your oil filter starts with “Ea15k”, it is a 15,000 mile filter instead of a 25,000 mile filter. So to drive further than 15k miles in a year using a Signature Series oil, you should order a second filter to change just the filter and top off your oil, to finish the year.
  3. You are ready to order: either complete your order online, OR Call 1-800-777-7094, and tell the phone operator you would like to place an order. Have your MASTERCARD/VISA/DISCOVER card number handy when you call.
    When the operator asks for your Customer Number or Referral Number, tell them: 1220579. This ensures you will have our top-notch support and expertise whenever you have questions or need a recommendation. 
    Your AMSOIL products will typically arrive in about 3 business days.

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Special Resources:

MyAMSOILGarage is a free online vehicle maintenance program that allows businesses to organize maintenance records for an unlimited number of vehicles and equipment. Schedule email reminders for future services and track any service performed, whether using AMSOIL products or not. MyAMSOILGarage is easy to use, yet features the capability to manage an entire fleet.

Free, and easy to use
• Organizes maintenance records for an unlimited number of vehicles, making it perfect for commercial use
• Accommodates all vehicles and equipment, from tractor-trailers to chainsaws
• Tracks any maintenance service performed
• Provides email service reminders
• Replaces expensive software programs

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