Oil Color, Lubrication Ability and Contamination Level
AMSOIL Synthetic Lubricants are designed and engineered for extended drain interval service. The
color the AMSOIL on your dipstick (or ANY oil for that matter) has absolutely no bearing on whether or not the
oil is suitable for continued use or if it should be drained and replaced. Use the recommended change intervals
for both the oil and engine oil filters as specified by AMSOIL.
It is a common misconception that an oil's color is an indication of how dirty it is. This is absolutely NOT TRUE.
The color of an oil does not have any bearing on its lubrication ability. Most oil and especially diesel engine oil
will turn black in the first few hours of operation due to contaminates generated by the combustion process and
soot particles. The ONLY way to accurately determine an oil's lubricating value or contamination level is through
(spectrographic) oil analysis. Oil analysis is common practice used regularly in commercial, industrial and fleet
operations and can also be used for passenger cars, light trucks or any other application. In addition oil analysis
will also determine the exact pars per million (ppm) of wear metals in your oil which provides an indication of any
abnormal wear or specific components that need mechanical inspection in addition to checking for any fuel, water or
glycol contamination. *At the end of this section you will find a listing of what oil analysis testing checks
The useful life of an engine oil is dependent on several factors such as the quality of the oil, type of fuel,
equipment condition, type and operating environment of the equipment and, most important, the type of filtration
used. The filtration system and the oil are vital tools for preserving engine life. A highly efficient filter is
essential to protect an engine by removing both liquid and abrasive contaminants held in suspension by a high
quality premium oil such as AMSOIL. When using AMSOIL Synthetic Lubricants for extended drain intervals the AMSOIL
Super Duty Filter must be changed at 12,500 miles or 6 months for gas engines and 10,000 miles or 6 months for
diesel engines, such as the Ford Powerstroke or Dodge Cummins.
If the AMSOIL Dual-Gard or Dual-Remote By-Pass Filtration Systems are used then the AMSOIL Super Duty full flow
engine oil filter must be changed at the same intervals as specified above and the by-pass filter(s) changed as
indicated by oil analysis results. The oil does not need to be changed when using by-pass filtration unless oil
analysis testing indicates it is necessary.
It is not uncommon to get several hundred thousand or more miles on the AMSOIL when using by-pass filtration. A
Mack Dealership recently performed a teardown inspection on a 1990 Mack E7-400 diesel engine with 630,000 miles
total and 409,000 miles without an oil change and its parts were examined by an engine rater from a major oil
additive raw materials manufacturer and supplier. The engine showed light to moderate wear throughout, just as an
engine in similar service and lubricated with conventional oil changed at 15,000-20,000- mile intervals (as is
common with over-the-road semi-trucks) would show. In fact, according to the engine rater the parts examined-
cylinder liners, pistons, rings, bearings, valve train components- could have been put right back in the engine and
would have continued to provide the good, dependable service they had provided all along- after 409,000 miles
without an oil change! If you would like the full detailed report and photographs of this teardown inspection
please e-mail us your address and we will drop it in the mail.
Oil Analysis Report Items Include:
sample #, date sampled, date tested, unit #, engine make,
model, year, oil brand, viscosity grade, sump capacity, make up oil added, type of filtration, last filter
component miles, oil miles, last oil change miles
% presence of gylcol, water, fuel
viscosity @40 deg. C. and at 100 deg. C.
soot, oxidation %, NOX %, TBN, TAN
% iron, chromium, lead, copper, tin, aluminum, nickel,
silver, manganese, silicon, boron, sodium, magnesium, calcium, barium, phosphorous, zinc, molybdenum,
titanium, vanadium and cadmium
recommendations and additional test results
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A product specific information packet will be mailed to you within two business days with complete
product details for your vehicle or situation.