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Duplicolor Bedliner



For my 1965 Ford F-350 I wanted to use a bedliner over the floor as it is rust free and I wanted a durable coating that could be hosed out and keep the moisture from the original metal. I chose Duplicolor that I purchased from SummitRacing.com and got a quart of it as the description stated that it covered up to 25 square feet at a 5 mm thickness. First piece of advice: wear gloves! I got it all over my hands when I poured it into the roller pan. Lacquer thinner kind of cuts it but it also seems to gum-up as you wipe it. If you roll it on, plan to discard the roll brush as you will not get it cleaned off.

I used a standard painting roller and was pleased with the texture. The base metal I’d already sprayed with Lizard Skin to insulate from the heat of the 7.3 liter diesel and it’s exhaust. I started by wiping it all down with wax and grease remover, then proceeded to roll it on. I know the floor of truck is not 25 square feet, but all I was able to cover was the step wells and the area where my feet will occupy. I will get another quart to finish up the area under the bench seat and go up the firewall a bit.

I’m pleased with the bedliner and the texture, I just wish they were more accurate with the stated coverage.

Automatic Transmission Problems

I drove my wife’s 2005 Jeep Liberty to work last week and when I got several blocks from my destination, the engine started to rev up even though my speed did not increase. Yes, the transmission started slipping! We’d had the car several years with no previous problems and even though it had 160,000 miles on it, it appeared to have been well cared for and had been reliable.

Having little experience with automatic transmissions, I had it towed to a well established transmission shop that had been around ever since I can remember. A few days later they called and said their diagnosis was that it needed to be completely rebuilt and the cost would be between $3,300-3,400. That was a shock to the system and more than I was prepared to pay. I figured now was when I was going to learn how to rebuild an auto trans.

After doing a lot of reading and using my trusty scan code reader, I found that the symptoms were consistent with a plugged filter. Every gear was throwing a code that the sensed speed of the output was inconsistent with the input speed. It made more and more sense that this was simply the pump was starved for transmission fluid.

I went online to my AMSOIL account and ordered 5 quarts of Signature Series Multi-Vehicle Synthetic Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATFQT) and a filter. When it arrived the next day,
I jacked the Jeep up and put it on a jack stand and dropped the pan. The fluid looked more like motor oil in the bottom of the pan, not the clearish red that showed up on the dipstick. The filter had bits of RTV and a thick film of crap covering it. Whomever last pulled the pan used way too much sealant and it was coming off in chunks and clogging things up.

I reinstalled the filter and pan. I let it sit for 24 hours per the instructions on the sealant tube just to be sure there were no leaks. Then I filled it with the correct Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF).

The results, the transmission shifts and pulls better than ever since we purchased the vehicle! The moral of the story is you might well be able to save yourself some serious money if cover the basics yourself. Do not rely on the “Pros” unless you have a trusted mechanic that you know is honest, too many are out there to take advantage of us all.

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AGGrand Natural Fertilizer

I knew AMSOIL had a natural fertilizer division but had never really explored it until late this summer. After listening to a podcast about it and a guy who mainly focuses his business on selling it, I decided to try it. It’s an organic fertilizer that improves the soil and the longer you use it, the less you need to use. It was amazing how much growth we saw on the flowers and vegetables we fed with it. If you’re into organic or just want to see superior results with your garden, you can try it or find out more here.

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Ea Bypass Filter

The Ea By-Pass Oil Filter system provides the best filtration protection for wear and oil degradation you can get for your vehicle. It combines a full-flow and by-pass filter to remove particles down to 1 micron from your engine’s oil and provides cooling of the oil as well. The by-pass filter operates on a partial-flow process, redirecting approximately 10% of the oil drawn from the system at any one time and traps the extremely small, wear-causing contaminants that full-flow filters can’t remove. The Ea By-Pass Filter typically filters all the oil several times in one hour of operation. The full-flow filter operates just as your normal oil filter would, removing larger particles, but with AMSOIL’s nano-fiber filter you get better filtration for up to 25,000 miles between filter changes.

Here are some of the benefits:

By-Pass Filtration Benefits

• Dramatically Extended Drain Intervals
• Improved Oil Cooling
• Increased Filtration Capacity and Life
• Increased Fluid System Capacity
• Efficient Small Particle and Soot Removal
• Significantly Extended Engine Life
• Equipment Constantly Runs on Clean Oil
• Increased Engine Efficiency
• Remove Particles Less Than One Micron

I thought I’d include some photos from the installation I did on my 1997 Jeep Wrangler. There wasn’t a lot of room available, so I removed the battery and welded the mounting plate to my battery tray.

The filters are easy to get to and change in this '97 Wrangler install.

The filters are easy to get to and change in this ’97 Wrangler install.

The mounting plate has been welded on to the battery tray.

The mounting plate has been welded on to the battery tray.

Taking advantage of the limited under-hood space.

Taking advantage of the limited under-hood space.

For more information or to purchase, visit the AMSOIL online store.

Extended Drain Intervals

Extended drain intervals involve changing the frequency of oil changes from the what the manufacturer recommends to a longer interval. The first thing most people ask is if it is safe. Depending on the oil you use it can be safe and as long as the oil conforms to the American Petroleum Institute (API) standards required by the manufacturer and is providing that level of protection, manufacturers cannot deny warranty claims.

FTC regulations state: (c) No warrantor of a consumer product may condition his written or implied warranty of such product on the consumers using, in connection with such product, any article or service (other than article or service provided without charge under the terms of the warranty) which is identified by brand, trade, or corporate name; except that the prohibition of this subsection may be waived by the Commission if (1) the warrantor satisfies the Commission that the warranted product will function properly only if the article or service so identified is used in connection with the warranted product, and (2) the Commission finds that such a waiver is in the public interest. (15 U.S.C.2302(C))

When choosing a motor oil for extended drain intervals, you need to look at how they perform in industry standard tests that demonstrate how well they perform. Synthetic oils typically provide better protection because they are made with a base stock of uniformly size molecules that have a higher lubricity than conventional petroleum where base stocks contain various size molecules. The four ball wear test (ASTM D-4172) is one such example where three metal balls are strapped together with a coating of the lubricant then a fourth ball is rotated over the others for an hour using 40 kg of force at a temperature of 150 C. The resulting scar is measured and the narrower the scar, the better protection. Another factor to consider is the Total Base Number (TBN) test which measures the alkalinity of an oil. This is important, especially in extended drain scenarios, because it measures the oil ability to counteract the acidity that builds up in the crankcase and corrodes engine parts.

Filters are also an important consideration and you need to make sure that you are using a filter designed to provide service for the extended drain interval. Alternatively, you could change the filter between oil changes following the filter manufacturer’s recommendation.

Extended drain intervals save you money by consuming less oil and filters and time in maintenance of the equipment. It’s also better for the environment by producing less waste of containers and consuming less resources. And if you use a quality product, you can give your equipment better protection at the same time.

There are other tests and if you are interested in learning more please contact me, Steve Schoeneman, at steve@alube.us or 360-450-4445. I’ve been using AMSOIL and 25,000 mile drain intervals for over 7 years with over 197,000 miles on my 1997 Jeep Wrangler with no problems.

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