Synthetic Oil – Better For Your Car Than Regular Oil?

Today’s consumer is faced with a bewildering number of choices when it comes to choosing motor oil for their car; a quick look down the motor oil aisle at the local auto part store reveals anywhere from a few to dozens of different brands and viscosity weights. Then there’s the choice of whether to pick conventional petroleum oil, a semi-synthetic (petroleum synthetic blend) or any one of a number or brands of full synthetic motor oil.

Synthetic motor oil first came to the attention of the motoring public in 1972 when Amsoil Inc introduced the first full synthetic motor oil to meet American petroleum Institute certification requirements and with it, the confusion began!

Faced with the dilemma of choosing a less expensive conventional petroleum oil or a sometimes much more expensive full synthetic motor oil many motorist have found themselves wondering just what you’re actually getting for your money with the more expensive full synthetic oil?

First of all, what’s wrong with the old tried and true regular oil anyway?

Petroleum oil has served us well for a century so what’s the real advantage to synthetic oil?

The answer to that is state of the art protection and performance, and that higher level of protection and performance is more important every year.

Modern engines and smaller fuel efficient drive trains pump more horsepower and torque through smaller, lighter components practically every new model year.

Today’s engines, often with multiple cams, valves and turbo charging make more horse power from fewer cubic inches of displacement than ever before. Throw in the requirements of meeting emissions standards with new and more complicated pollution control equipment with the fact that many of today’s engines hold only half the amount of motor oil that engines of just 20 years ago held and you see a whole new level of demand placed on motor oil.

Automotive engineers are to an ever greater extent, designing the new drive trains around synthetic oil for a lot of reasons.

Because modern engine hold less oil but stress the oil more with higher operating temperatures, power train designers have found many advantages with synthetic lubricants such as a wide operational temperature range. At high temperatures that would have conventional oil oxidizing and shearing (losing viscosity) with the attendant sludge, varnish and wear this causes, engineers have found that synthetic motor oils run clean and cool. In fact high grade PAO (polyalphaolifin) based synthetic oils dissipate heat faster than petroleum oil and will actually lower operating temperatures 20 to 50 degrees.

This fact was not lost on the engineers that were designing the Chevrolet Corvette a few years ago. Chevrolet had come up with a really super high performance engine for the new Vette.

The problem? When installed in the tight confines of the new Corvettes’ engine compartment, Chevrolet’s new powerhouse ran at un-acceptably high oil temperatures. The only answer was to install a large oil cooler. Un-fortunately there just wasn’t room in the new car to place an oil …

Entry Level Tool Basic’s



What tools I think an entry level Automotive Technician should have and how I think I can save you money in the grand scheme of things.

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Off to Sea As a Dealer on a Cruise Ship

Off to sea to being a Dealer on a Cruise Ship, all the exciting and borings bits that we need to take into account when taking this big step in life.

Now of course we have all heard these exciting stories from friends or casino colleagues of being a cruise ship dealer. It might be that we are attracted to saving tons of money, or simply having a great party lifestyle or else to travel the world. One of those previous listed things calls out to us like this little voice in our head, that we also would like to follow this path in life and go to sea on a cruise ship.

During your time as a dealer there is always someone that has done ships or their friend has. It is a matter of course in the wonderful world of casinos on land, with all that lovely word of mouth, wherever you may be in this lovely world of ours, whether in England, South Africa or in the rest of the world.

Steps to take that action to become the dealer on a ship.

Of course, you have to take that first step in deciding that you do want to take action and contact the hiring agent in your country of origin. Yes you will generally have to do the infamous table test which is part of life in casinos, so that you are not pulling a fast one on them and that they can actually physically and mentally see that you are able to deal all the games you said you can. As well as actually dealing is getting the Blackjack payouts right or the bets on roulette, knowing the Craps payouts and any payouts for other games you deal.

Getting on board the cruise ship

Now to once on board the amazing cruise ship, another world awaits you. You will generally start working that night unless you are extremely lucky and have the night off. Yes you will get shown the ropes and get on to your first live game as a dealer. The butterflies are probably going crazy in your tummy but like all things once you get over that first time on your table. Its like going on stage, you have had your stage fright, now that’s all gone and done, just put a smile on your face and get on with the rest of the night. These players on cruise ships are paying to take the cruise and want to have fun, so chat and have fun, have a laugh with them and you will make some jockeys as well.

On a cruise ship you have lots of safety training to get through and some other shipboard training but like all things it passes very quickly so just get on with it and be the dealer. The first week is always a nightmare but it does fly by and of course all the very early mornings and working late at night, it will …

Penske Corp. Chairman Roger Penske addresses the 2013 Automotive News World Congress



AmericaJR.com’s Jason Rzucidlo was LIVE inside the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center for the 2013 Automotive News World Congress. In addition, you’ll see the presentation of the 17th Annual Polk Automotive Loyalty Awards. Also, watch for remarks from Roger Penske, Chairman of the Penske Corporation.

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