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Blackstone Tech Oil Report of Amsoil

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Dave333, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. Nov 7, 2010 at 2:53 PM
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    I purchased my truck new with 278 miles on it. 1st oil change was with dino at 500, then again at 1500, then 3000 then switched to Amsoil 0W30. From there oil changes have been between 15k and 25k with filters at 7500. I say between 15k and 25k because I work out of country alot and change it when I'm home...or not. This report was done after my last oil change at 70,000 miles. I had 11,370 miles on the oil. The virgin TBN of Amsoil 0W30 is advertised as 13.2 and mine still had 3.2. Blackstone recommended the next change to go for 13,000. Amsoil states 35,000 under normal service and 17,500 for severe (city driving/lots of idling, etc.). So I'm thinking 13k - 15k is about all you can safely get out of Amsoil 0w30. My higher mileage changes came after lots of highway driving but now that it's driven mainly city and idles alot in traffic, I'm going to go towards the lower spectrum and the next test will be at 83k. Airfilter is a TRD cai and gets cleaned every 3 months. Anyways here's the results with nothing bad to report. Just thought I'd pass it along.

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  2. Nov 7, 2010 at 3:30 PM
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    Awesome info thanks! Good to know since I just put severe gear in my diffs and transfer case:D
     
  3. Nov 7, 2010 at 5:13 PM
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    Good to know. That's what i've been planning to use on my truck. I figured i'd change it around every 10k or once a year, whichever comes first.
     
  4. Nov 7, 2010 at 7:06 PM
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    Thanks for sharing! Great info and very interesting.
     
  5. Nov 7, 2010 at 10:53 PM
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    I run the Severe Gear in all my vehicles, two being high horse power applications. Haven't had any gear whine or issues. Then again, didn't have any with the stock stuff either. Love their stuff.
     
  6. Jun 22, 2011 at 2:32 PM
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    Guys,

    Here's the 2nd oil report. I went 14,620 miles and 8 months without changing oil. Changed filters twice. The only ding and it's on me is the silicon level is high and that's due to me not cleaning the TRD air filter. I ran out of the chemicals and time before I had to deploy and the wife has been driving it more than usual. Still not bad. I'll keep updating the thread as I do reports, the next one will be at 100k.

    Later.

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  7. Jun 23, 2011 at 6:46 AM
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    Your "silicon" level is high due to the filter itself, not from cleaning. A clean oiled cotton gauze air filter (like the TRD, K&N) will actually filter worse (increased silica reading) then a dirty TRD/K&N filter.

    If you go do some research on bitog, you should find that the oiled cotton gauze filters usually always show increased silica (combusted dirt) in the oil.

    In other words, change your filter to a good paper filter, or try a ProDry-S, and the silica readings should drop.
     
  8. Jun 23, 2011 at 6:58 AM
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    Just curious...whats your reason to test the long intervals? Is it a money saving thing or something else?
    And what is the cause of the Calcium levels?
     
  9. Jun 23, 2011 at 7:02 AM
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    ummm yeah
    awesome!!!
     
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    ummm yeah
    0-30 amsoil once a year,

    thats what i do.
     
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    Ok, but neither answered my questions :confused:
     
  12. Jun 23, 2011 at 7:17 AM
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    ummm yeah
    it answered the first question which is oil changes once a year.

    the high calcium is due to the quality of the cows in his area which are very high.
     
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    It costs less for me to use Amsoil once a year (21K a year) than it does to change it with dino. Also it's easier to change it once a year than to crawl under there 4 times a year and change it.
     
  14. Jun 23, 2011 at 7:41 AM
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    ummm yeah
    ^^^^^^^^^^^ win!!!!

    and if you want to take the laziness even further....(laziness in a good way mind you)

    get a fumoto drain valve hahaha:D

    love amsoil.

    amsoil for life.
     
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    Fair enough :cool:


    Found the answer on the calcium thing on bob is the oil guy site.
    http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/engine-oil-analysis/
     
  16. Jun 23, 2011 at 5:36 PM
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    once a year for me too with 5W30 signature series (I was using 0w30 but I am in Texas) I change the oil filter with a WIX every 4-5k miles. AMSOIL FTW!!!!
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    Thanks for the info, learn something new every day.

    As for why, I basically just wanted to see how the synthetic oils hold up and also how my engine is holding up without doing a complete engine breakdown.

    I restore old cars as a hobby and rebuilding engines although fun as a past time isn't so great to do on your daily driver. These reports let me know if I'm treating the Taco right or if I need to increase interval change. Hope that helps.
     
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    This is great information to see. I might just have to change over. I generally commute 90% of the year on my motorcycle, and the truck gets less than 10k/year put on it now. Not sure if 70k is too late to change to synthetic though, I've read some horror stories on seals and stuff leaking because of the difference.
     
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    You shouldn't have any problems. As long as you've taken care of the truck you'll be good. When you switch over try some Sea Foam. Just follow the instructions on the bottle and it'll clean up a lot of the gunk that builds up in the engine over time. Then put the AmsOil of your choice in and enjoy. If you have any questions on the SeaFoam go to there web site and they'll give you a detailed step by step. Don't freak out if you see a lot of white/bluish smoke it's a good thing. It means your engines is getting cleaned out. Hope this helps.

    Dave333, what would I need to do to send my oil off to be tested? If you have a few tips from your experience it would be appreciated.
     
  20. Jun 24, 2011 at 4:14 PM
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    Go to blackstone-labs and request an oil analysis test kit. They send it to you for free. Then for $25 they will test your oil, $35 gets you the TBN report which lets you know how much longer your oil could have went. When you collect the sample, wear gloves and a long sleeve shirt. You have to get the oil to normal operating temp. I actually drive to the grocery store or something then as soon as I get home I'm under it. You have to collect a sample from mid pour, it's got the best sampling because if your engine sits most particles form on the bottom so you either get a heavy particle sample or if you get it at the end you get a light sample. Sort of like mixing up the chocolate milk.

    They provide the container and all. Now some will say that now my already expensive ass Amsoil is costing me an extra $35. In a way they're right. I'd rather pay $35 during an oil change to check to see if I have uncommon wear than wait until something internal goes wrong and now I'm breaking the engine down and having to diagnose the problem.

    Also when you send it via USPS, I'd recommend putting their little bottle in an envelope. Although you are allowed to send oil samples in the mail, Blackstone even has a letter you can print and provide to your post office, the post office is full of morons. I usually put it in a padded envelope and use the automated machine.

    Hope that helps. If you need any help, just send me a message.
     
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