Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
Musky_Madness

Synthetic Oils

Recommended Posts

I am contemplating using synthetic oils in my 97 F150. I have always taken it into the dealer and am curious if switching to synthetics will do anything negatively to it? I have read elsewhere on the internet that sometimes it will reveal leaks in your gaskets because it absorbs more of the contaminates and cleans better. I also have seen that it can increase hp and increase fuel economy? I guess I am just on the fence at this point and am trying to decide if it's worth the investment or just stick with the status quo.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It might give you some leaks as you said. As I understand it, synthetic oil acts like a detergent and could give you problems with seals. I'm sure others know more about it than I do, but I wouldn't think this risk is worth the small gains you'd get. If dino oil has worked for you thus far, I'd stick with it.

I use Mobil 1 in my truck and car, but have done so since they were broken in. This was Group IV when I started in 2002, but is now a Group III blend since Katrina hit their processing. I may see a very small gain in mpg, but very little. I doubt I get any extra HP from it. I saw a bigger jump in fuel economy by switching other gear lubes over to synthetic (tranny, differentials, and transfer case).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I know people that have switched at hi milages and had no problems at all, in fact it reduced there oil consumption. But I am also sure there are people out there that have had problems so who know? I like synthetics because of the longer change intervals and cold weather starting. I run 0-30 in my truck. 30 below 3 cranks and she is off and running.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

How many miles and which engine? How often have you kept it serviced? I assume you are talking about the engine oil. (Ford started using synthetic differential oils in 1997 in all full size trucks.)

AMSOIL will clean gum and varnish out in an engine, and if that is what is holding tired seals together it will reveal a leak (It won't damage a seal, but it may clean to the point that it might start leaking.) Also if carbon is causing your rings to hang up and not operate and seal freely it will clean carbon then allow the rings to seal better and reduce oil consumption. I have personally seen both many times.

There was a similar thread last week about a GM small block V8 with over 200,000 miles, I recommended don't change.

I have seen some engines that have been really abused with less than 50,000 miles that changing would be a mistake and others at well over 100,000 that did great with changing.

AMSOIL will increase fuel economy 3% to 5%, typically full size trucks will increase 1/2 to 1 mpg, some more.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It is a 4.6L V8 with 125K miles on it. I have the dealer work on it most often as recycling/changing oil on my own is an inconvenience at times so they peek at it every 3,500 miles-4,000 miles. The guy that owned it before also took great care of it. I found this out when being towed one night outside of Detroit Lakes when musky fishing and my alternator failed. Believe it or not, the tow truck driver actually knew the previous owner and couldn't believe the truck was on the side of the road. Small world. So based off that and all the paperwork he left in the dash, you knew it was his baby.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was going to start a new topic, but this seemed to cover most of my questions. I am thinking of switching my '04 Silverado with a 5.3 to synthetic after hearing a lot of good things. It just turned 50K. Any recommendations for or against?

Also, if I do switch over, do I need to do anything special before doing so?

And any recommendations on brands for oil and filters?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Im all for amsoil. ran it in my '00 silverado, and now in my '07 Impala. when i put it in my silverado which had 75,000 miles on it at the time i used the engine flush product they make, and ran that through before putting the oil in. I started my impala off new with it, so no cleaner required.

Use their oil filter and air filter as well for optimal performance. In the long run you will save hundreds of dollars over conventional petroleum oil and will be doing your engine a favor.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • I have had 2 of these for a year or so. They work great for fries, tator tots, onion rings, shrimp,chicken strips.and basically anything breaded when you buy it. And they don't need any oil. Only OK if you bread them yourself. For those I spray Pam on them. The only thing is breaded fish fillets are only so so. I still prefer deep frying them. Fish is the only thing I still deep fry. I indulge my self there. Just not as good as deep frying. Pretty much else I air fry.
    • You missed the part about "All my blades are hand rubbed with love" 
    • I drink schells fairly regularly. I  consider them in the "craft" category.   Snowstorm is always interesting.  I had sort of forgotten about it until just now.  I need to pick some up.
    • Coulda stopped the story there. Already too much work!
    • It wasn't easy. I had to marry a Finn and be in good standing with MIL to get my foot in the door.   I then meet Matti Nykänen at a Pikkujoulu Party  when he noticed I had a new Nokia phone and asked to see it.  We talked for hours about our ski jumping days over a loaf of Pulla. Later the conversation turned to ice fishing and Nils Master.  His uncle was a sharpener in Finland and planned to come to the USA and sharpen. Said he could make a lot of money.   Turned out he wasn't authorized by Nils Master and his true intent was to smuggle brown bread in the US and in doing so lost his visa.  It was a huge embarrassment to his family and to Finland.   Finland needed a sharpener in the US but I was a Norwegian.   After some arm twisting by my MIL I was allowed to be trained but I had to sign a sworn document not to pass anything on to either Norway or the Russians. Even then I wasn't allowed to see how the blade was made, only how to sharpen and reshape a blade that needed reshaping.  Retire,  exercise and a Finnish Brown Bread is the key to a long life and you don't need to smuggle it. I order it online from New York and it keeps good for years.    
    • I drink Grain Belt and Schell's all the time. Buy Local!  
    • Wild playing very well in all facets of the game right now...fun to watch...Toronto is no slouch even without Matthews.
    • And if you went to Italy, they have all that stuff that is bitter.  It is a matter of taste for sure.   BTW, hops is (or was) added to beer as a preservative as well as a flavor.   Personally I don't care for that weird stuff, but do like an IPA on occasion, or a Grain Belt for old time's sake.   
    • Yes. And if you got to the southwest part of the country they have some of the best wine on the planet as well. I was introduced to German beer there in the 80's and it was a learning experience. Bars with room temp kegs and either Dunkel or Licht beer. They know how to do it right.
    • I haven't seen that happen in the collagen casings I have used but if it seems to be an issue maybe try vacuum sealing any left over casings until the next time.
  • Our Sponsors