ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION! IT CAN BE AS EASY AS DRIVING YOUR CAR TO YOUR BOAT by John H. Pagliuca

A recent study provides strong evidence that oil analysis programs, higher quality motor oils, and more efficient filters will protect engines from wear and lead to significant cost savings. Less frequent oil changes will also help to keep fleets on the road and reduces motor oil and labor costs. Oil analysis helps to determine the optimum oil change frequency and can provide early diagnostics for engine wear.
for more visit — www.dtsc.ca.gov/TechnologyDevelopment/OPPTD_FLY_High-Efficiency-Oil-Filters.cfm

THE ENVIRONMENT. Wow, what a cause to take up and believe in. Who in their right mind would not want to save this beautiful planet? The cause seemed worthy enough for the legendary folk singer and Hudson Valley resident Pete Seeger, to take up about
40 years ago. When Mr. Seeger became somewhat disillusioned with the way the “labor movement” seemed to be going in this country, a cause he often played his plinky- plunky banjo to, his interests turned to the environment. So much so that he became “instrumental”
(pardon the pun) in the launch of the sloop Clearwater. A large sailing vessel that brought us back to the earlier times when ships of that sort filled the Hudson River with grace, beauty, and all the supplies needed for the commerce of those times. Until the age of the steamboat arrived, sailing sloops like the Clearwater were the main game on the water. While Mr. Seeger did bring an awareness of sorts to the environment, we were still driving our gas guzzling cars, changing our oil every 3,000 miles or less, and really not
into the “recycling thing”. But oh, how nice that big sloop looked as she lazily traveled up and down the Hudson. And some spin offs that came about like the Pumpkin Festivals and the many singalongs that Seeger himself organized were very entertaining. But some legendary changes in the environment and the lubrication world were about to take place, not from a folk singer, but from an Air Force award winning jet fighter pilot. Albert J. Amatuzio, the founder of the AMSOIL Corporation changed lubrication history when
he first developed an American Petroleum Institute certified 100% synthetic motor oil. For more on this refer to my article in the April edition of BOH. But let’s take a look at how changing our oil and the way we think can help save Mother earth. Because synthetic oils do not break down as quickly as conventional lubes, they don’t have to be changed as often. The phrase “ extended drain interval” was coined by AMSOIL decades ago, way ahead of anyone’s time, but now the time has come. Let’s work some numbers and see how just what we do our cars, let alone our boats, can help the environmental cause. In my case, I use the “Signature Series” oil in my 2010 Nissan Murano. This is our top tier motor oil and will last me for 25,000 miles or one year. I change the oil filter twice a year, that’s just me, and yes I use the filters AMSOIL manufactures. My Nissan holds 5 quarts of oil. Now if there are 10,000 drivers like me in a small town, only 20,00 oil filters would go into land fills, and 50,000 empty quart containers. I realize that some shops dispense lubes from 55 gallon drums, but more drums would go to landfills in the next instance. And that instance is if 10,000 drivers changed their oil every 5,000 miles, that would make the numbers jump to 50,000 oil filters and 250,00 empty quarts of oil going into our land fills.

Is that what we want? Of course not. And in California, they feel the same way. So much so that they are mandating that their DOT vehicles have at least a 7,500 mile oil drain interval and are pushing very heavily towards the eventually 2,500 mile drain interval for state and privately owned vehicles. The days of the 3000 mile oil change are becoming extinct. Much like my musical talent has. You see, I’ve met Mr. Seeger many times over the years and yes have played some guitar and plinky-plunky bango myself, but you would be better off changing your oil less often, and never listening to campfire versions of “Kumbaya” or “ The Lion Sleeps Tonight” .

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