Amsoil vs Mobil 1
I decided to go to an automotive department store and investigate their motor oils. Out of curiosity I picked up a brand name oil and looked on the back of the quart bottle to see how often it recommended changing your oil. To my surprise…there was no set mileage on the bottle.
I proceeded to look on the back of every bottle in the aisle. After looking at all the supposedly best oils, none had the mileage anywhere on the bottle when to change your oil…except two. Amsoil & Mobil 1.
Amsoil vs Mobil 1
Mobil 1 synthetic oil…good for 15,000 miles…guaranteed. Amsoil Signature Series synthetic oil …good for 25,000 miles guaranteed. For almost 40 years…Amsoil has pioneered the 25,000 mile oil change. The slam dunk is…Amsoil has the hi-tech oil filters to match their 25,000 mile oil.
They tried this way back in…I believe 1984 with a 25,000 oil or once a year oil change and a few years later went back to the 15,000 mile oil change.
One important rating of an oil is the “Total Base Number.” Mobil 1 has for some reason decided not to show that number on their data sheet for the Annual Protection oil.
This study was done in June 2013. Oils have not changed that much since then…although some have most likely improved as Amsoil having to meet the newer car companies guidelines. You be the judge.
And if that seems like to old of a study and you really want to “cut to the chase” then click onto my “930,000 Mile Engine Teardown Brochure” and quickly see for yourself how squeaky clean Amsoil kept my engine changing the oil and filter every 25,000 miles.
What’s The Ingredients In Your Oil?
While investigating the motor oil on the shelf and finding only two that had the “oil change mileage” labeled…none of the bottles listed the ingredients! Including Amsoil and Mobil 1. Do you not find it amazing…most companies label their product ingredients, but when it comes to motor oil…none…zero. So you might say, it’s just oil that has been refined from crude oil. Well, that’s partially true, however, the American Petroleum Institute has labeled these different types of oils. Now here’s where the rubber meets the road.
Secret’s The Oil Companies Don’t Want You To Know
They don’t want you to know how they cook up their “tested best” motor oils. If so, they would put the ingredients on the bottle right? Well, now you’re going to get a glimpse into the four types of oil being used to formulate their products. Here they are.
- Group I base oil…very cheap
- Group II base oil…cheap
- Group III base oil…better
- Group IV base oil…best (100% synthetic)
Now, which oil would you rather have in you equipment? Hang in here with me…you’re getting educated about motor oil.
How can Amsoil guarantee their oil for 25,000 miles?
The ingredients they put into their oils is the difference. I understand that Amsoil uses Group IV Base Oil 100% synthetic oil in their 25,000-mile oils with the exception of the XL line which is group III…for those who want to change their oil more often.
Now I think they’re telling me the truth because I drove my 99 Chevy van over 930,000 miles changing the oil and filter every 25,000 miles until a valve keeper wore out that was not oil related.
If You Think Your Oil Is So Good… Think Again!
Group II and Group III Base Oil stocks derived from petroleum oil are much cheaper. Since the oil companies will not tell you what “Base Oil” they’re using…I was left to researching what “Wikipedia” and “American Petroleum Institute” had to say.
It appears the majority of oil companies are most likely blending Base II and Base III oils. Several oil companies may be blending up to 30% of Group IV base oil stocks in their petroleum oil…making it a watered down ”synthetic blend.” In my opinion, a waste of money. I’m speculating that Mobil 1 is using a small amount of Group IV along with the GTL Group III (highly refined mineral oil) in it’s 15,000-mile synthetic oil. However since this new GTL Group III oil has been given the okay by the API to be called synthetic…they may have deleted the Group IV to cut cost.
Molecules In Your Oil…Can They Take The Heat?
Here’s an illustration of the molecular structure of Group II & III base oil. Fill a barrel with all different sizes of balls…basketball…baseball…softball…golfball…tennis ball…football. Then try and reach to the bottom of the barrel. There’s less consistency in the molecular structure of the oil.
When the oil heats up…all these different sizes of molecules can’t possibly work together to lubricate the metal surface efficiently…eventually exhausting themselves…breaking down and having to be disposed of…or the oil changed more often.
Reduce Friction…Spike Lubrication
Group IV base oils…100% synthetic…the molecules are all consistent. When the molecules are all the same size…there’s a dramatic reduction in friction and a spike in lubrication.
Example…fill a barrel with all ping pong balls…then try and reach to the bottom of the barrel. That pretty much describes the molecular structure of Group IV oils. Yes they’re more expensive however…you’ll end up paying less due to fewer oil changes…increased fuel mileage and fewer repairs.
Conclusion…Getting beyond what you think!
Hopefully, I’ve shed some light into your deeply ingrained imagination about the possibility…the oil that you’re presently using…if not a “Group IV base oil”… is not the best oil like you may think!
You cannot escape the facts. There are cheap oils…Base II…there’s better oils…Base II & III mixed…there’s good oils Base III and there are great oils…Base IV.
Amsoil vs Mobil 1
Mobil 1 “Annual Protection synthetic oil” may take you up to 20,000 miles on an oil change. Amsoil Signature Series synthetic oil will take you up to 25,000 miles on an oil change. And the “slam dunk” is they have the nanotech 15K and the 25K mile oil filters to go with it.
Before I switched over to Amsoil…My imagination was at war with my brain.
There’s no way an oil can last 25,000 miles. I have an expensive investment. I’m concerned that my engine will sludge up. Don’t take the chance…you can still change your oil every 5,000 miles.
But what if…the oil is as good as what I’m hearing and reading? Wouldn’t that be incredible if I could go 25,000 on an oil change? That would mean only 4 oil changes a year instead of 20. (I was driving a 100,000 miles a year) What the heck…I’m going to give it a try.
My First Oil Change and Oil Analysis with Amsoil
In May of 2000 at 68,250 miles on my 99 Chevy van…is when I added Amsoil synthetic OW-30 signature series oil to my 350 engine.
While pouring the oil into the filler tube…I noticed on the back of the bottle…good up to 35,000 miles. Now today it says on the front of the bottle…”Guaranteed 25,000 Miles.” It no longer has the 35,000 miles on the back.
Now can you imagine what I thought whenever I saw that? Yep…you’re right…are they crazy? Changing my oil from 5,000 miles to 25,000 miles was a big stretch for me. But 35,000 miles…I needed a bungee cord!
Something said between my ears…go ahead…try it…let’s see if this oil will go 35,000 miles.
I got to thinking…if I can catch a sample of the oil when changing it at 35,000 miles…which I’d never done before…and have it analyzed…that would settle the score on whether you really could drive that many miles on an oil.
Great idea John. Checked to see if Amsoil had an oil analysis kit…and they did.
In August of 2000…at 103,750 miles (35,500 miles on the oil)…I drained the oil…caught a sample… and sent it into Amsoil. A week later with report in hand…I called Amsoil to go over the report with me.
To my amazement this is what they said… ”your oil is good for another 10-15,000 miles. Just change the oil filter!!”
I never tested my oil after that. However…due to the nature of my delivery service…I had lots of idle time…sitting and waiting to pick up another delivery.
In the heat of the summer…I would idle the engine with the AC running to cool the inside of the vehicle…and in the winter time I would idle the engine with the heater running to warm the inside of the vehicle.
Due to so much idle time…I felt more comfortable…changing the oil and filter at 25,000 miles. So that’s what I done over my “Million Mile Journey.”
The one thing that caused me to teeter over to Amsoil…was pain. The pain of changing my oil every two weeks. I call it the 5,000 mile headache. Amsoil is like aspirin…it done away with my oil change headache…and put an extra $2000 in my pocket each year!
It only takes 5 minutes to order online or by phone…and have the product shipped to your doorstep in 2-3 business days.
In 20 minutes…you can have your dealership or local repair shop change your oil…and add the Amsoil synthetic oil and filter to your engine. And just that quick…you’re up and running. And that’s not all.
The best is yet to come.
Amsoil Synthetic Oil gives your vehicles engine and drive train:
- better performance
- longer life and dependability
- Increased MPG
- increased horsepower
- less repairs and maintenance
- lower emissions
- less waste oil
- A cooler running engine…transmission and differential
And for you…a fatter wallet and peace of mind!
Happiness Is A Quick Starting Vehicle At -20 Below…Amsoil Synthetic Oil…Pours at -50 Below
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PS…Most Japanese models take the Ea15K oil filter…good for 15,000 miles. If you drive over 15,000 miles a year…change the oil filter…no need to change the oil until 25,000 miles or one year.
European cars … oil and filter need to be changed at the recommended mileage by the owners manual.