Archive for May, 2009
At the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Laboratory, the scientists installed two huge 500 gallon oil storage tanks in order to cut costs and help the environment. The scientists at the Department of Energy conduct tests on automobiles to develop new energy technologies. Having two enormous bulk motor oil tanks instead of keeping the oil in drums helps reduce the potential for oil spills. In addition, the lab will no longer incur the fees associated with disposing of used oil drums, and the scientists also now have the option to purchase re-refined motor oil which costs less and reduces the demand for oil production.
Overall, it’s a win-win situation for the scientists and the environment. The two tanks contain two different formulations of motor oil, one for standard gasoline, and one for diesel motor oil. Purchasing bulk motor oil, whether a lab full of scientists or an average person, can cut costs and also help the environment.
In developing nations, 2 stroke engines are an integral part of transportation for both people and goods. In fact, over most of Asia, three-wheeled auto-rickshaws that utilize 2 stroke engines are some of the most popular means of transportation. However, with auto-rickshaws in excess of 1 million, these small vehicles can cause a significant amount of pollution due to their cheap engine design. While 2 stroke engines are reliable, cheap, and don’t require a lot of maintenance, the average 2 stroke engine produces twice or even three times as much pollution as a similar 4 stroke engine. The reason for this is because 2 stroke engines burn a mixture of gasoline and 2 stroke oil that is common to most if not all 2 stroke engines. The 2 stroke engine does not have fuel injection, and thus are central contributors to particulate pollution in the air.
However, there are several manufacturers of 2 stroke engines that are innovating and continuing to improve upon the design of 2 stroke engines with the goal of reducing pollution. Manufacturers like Evinrude, the premier designer of outboard motors, have created more efficient 2 stroke engines and also formulated 2 stroke oil to reduce particulate emissions. It is because of these innovations that 2 stroke engines will persevere for some time to come.
There are a lot of common myths out there about synthetic oil, and most of the myths are perpetuated by rival manufacturers of conventional mineral oil. The truth is synthetic can be used for all the same purposes as conventional mineral oil with better results. Here are a few common myths about synthetic oil and the reasons these myths are untrue:
Myth #1 – Synthetic oil voids warranties.
This claim is bogus because most major engine manufacturers recommend the use of synthetic lubricants. Most warranties are based upon using oils that meet certain standards for certification, and synthetic lubricants that meet these standards have no effect on engine or vehicle warranties.
Myth #2 – Synthetic oil isn’t widely distributed.
This claim is false because most manufacturers of conventional mineral oil have created formulations of synthetic oil in the past decade. Evinrude, for example, manufactures both hybrid-synthetic oil (Evinrude XD50 oil) and full synthetic oil (Evinrude XD100 oil), in addition to conventional mineral oil. Synthetic oil is widely available, and provides several benefits over conventional mineral oil.
Myth #3 – Synthetic oil causes engines to use more oil.
This claim is untrue; synthetic oil is intended for use in all engines, and the only reason an engine would use excess synthetic oil would be because of a leak. Engines that are mechanically sound use less synthetic oil than they would conventional mineral oil.
When performing maintenance on a Mercury outboard engine, it’s important to be aware of a few safety precautions. First, make sure to read the Owner’s Manual and shop manual before any kind of maintenance is performed, and ensure all safety precautions noted in the manual are observed. These safety precautions include:
_Removing all fuel vapors from the bilge.
_Working in a well ventilated area
_Having a fire extinguisher near in case of fire.
_Wearing safety goggles or glasses.
_Avoiding sparks or open flames.
In addition to these precautions, it’s important to have the correct tools for maintenance, work in a clean area, and avoid getting fuel, Merucry engine oil, and other lubricants on the skin, as these can prove dangerous to health. It’s also a good idea to ensure that maintenance is performed at the regular required intervals, often based on how often the engine has been used or its age. Taking the proper maintenance precautions will ensure the safety of the owner, and the livelihood of the engine.
Let’s face it, outboard maintenance can be quite expensive, and most of the time, the need for maintenance could have been prevented with proper care. In order to prevent damage and wear to the outboard motor, there are a number of smart practices to take into consideration. For example, a practice as simple as switching from conventional two cycle outboard oil to synthetic outboard oil can have a dramatic effect on preserving the condition of the engine. Synthetic two cycle outboard oil, like Evinrude XD100 oil, is better for the environment and better for preserving the life of the outboard motor.
When boating, it’s also a good idea to take a few additional practices into consideration for preserving the condition of the outboard motor. This includes finding the ideal cruising speed, scraping the hull on a regular basis (to reduce drag), and not being hard on the engine. It’s also a good idea to perform regular maintenance checks, and ensure the motor is taken in for service on its service schedule. Don’t forget to winterize during the off season as well!
Yamalube oil was designed to provide owners of Yamaha motors with a precision-blended oil to optimize performance. Yamaha selects from the best lubricants when formulating their oils, but the performance enhancing additives are what make Yamalube oil spectacular. These additives aren’t found in standard oils, and Yamalube uses more and better additives than their competition for optimized performance in all Yamaha engines. The additives in all Yamalube oil fight engine corrosion and varnish, prevent wear, and reduce friction. The result is an engine that performs at a higher level and has a longer life. In addition, all Yamalube formulas, including Yamalube 2S oil, 2M oil, and 2W oil, meet and exceed API certifications as recommended for use in Yamaha engines.
Yamalube oil is the choice amongst more than just Yamaha owners, as it can be used in all kinds of engines including weed eaters, outboard motors, and snowmobiles with the best results.
While there is some dispute as to who invented the first practical outboard motor, most credit the discovery to Ole Evinrude, a Norwegian-American inventor who designed the first marketable outboard motors between 1909 and 1912. Ole Evinrude developed the first outboard in 1907, when he filed tested a 1.5 horsepower, 62 pound iron engine. This crude first effort was much different than our modern outboard motors, which can have up to 300 horsepower. Evinrude filed a patent application for his “Marine Propulsion Device” in 1910, and that patent was honored in 1911 and assigned to Evinrude Motor Co. Throughout the next several decades, Evinrude Motor Co. mass produced outboard motors, and went through several mergers and acquisitions. In 1934, Ole Evinrude passed and Evinrude Motor Co. was inherited by Ole’s son, Ralph Evinrude.
Evinrude celebrates its centennial in 2009, and has developed a number of new engines to celebrate a century of quality outboard motors. In addition to their outboard motors, the newest line of which is called E-TEC, Evinrude manufactures Evinrude outboard oil and other marine accessories which cling to the same spirit of pioneering and innovation that Ole Evinrude possessed throughout his life.
E10, the ethanol and gasoline fuel that is now the standard at most fuel pumps, often works fine with automobiles but doesn’t translate as well to outboard motors. E10 contains 10% ethanol, and in order to reduce environmental pollution, the government has mandated that all gasoline fuel must contain at least 10% ethanol. But several boat owners have found that the fuel doesn’t work as well in their outboard motors. The reason is that ethanol separates from the gasoline and moves to the bottom of the fuel tank when the boat sits still for an extended period of time. While at the bottom of the tank, water vapor or condensation can build up inside the tank, and the ethanol absorbs it. When water becomes absorbed into ethanol, it becomes a mass of watery ethanol that sits at the bottom of the fuel tank, and then upon ignition, the watery mass is sucked into the carburetor and it sputters and plugs up.
Ethanol clogs are a common problem that outboard servicers are finding more often in outboard motors. The solution is to use the manufacturer recommended fuel stabilizer, and also to ensure the proper boat motor oil is being used. Boat motor oil is formulated with additives to reduce water condensation in the engine, and can assist in preventing break downs.
Two cycle motors can be found in machines all around the world, but because of their simplistic design, most are found in smaller machines like chainsaws, weed whackers, and snow blowers. The two cycle motor produces a high power to weight ratio, allowing even a small motor to produce significant power. The two cycle motor is easier to build, maintain, and often lasts longer than other motors. Two cycle motors are common in developing nations, and can even be found in smaller automobiles, motorcycles, and snowmobiles. Two cycle motors are also common amongst outboards. One benefit two cycle motors have over all other varieties is their ease of ignition in colder temperatures. Because of the lack of an oil sump and the simplistic design, a two cycle engine is much less vulnerable to cold.
Two cycle motors utilize a mixture of two cycle oil and petrol to power the engine. The two cycle oil needs to be mixed with the petrol in the proper ratio. This oil/petrol mixture is what lubricates the motor and allows it to perform at a high level.
Mercury’s Pro Kicker series of outboard motors are some of the most in demand motors amongst fishermen. The Pro Kicker series offers a sleek and functional design accompanied with a clean and fuel efficient engine. Perhaps the most appealing feature of the Pro Kicker engine is its unique quiet motor. Having a motor that doesn’t make a lot of splashing or sound makes it ideal for fisherman. In addition, the Mercury Pro Kicker provides hundreds of different features that make it a diverse outboard motor suited for all kinds of different purposes in the water.
Mercury has been the manufacturer of choice amongst fishermen for decades, and even some of the most aged Mercury engines are still in service amongst fisherman all over the world. In order to get the most out of your Mercury engine, be sure to use Mercury oil, which is formulated to provide superior performance, cleaner emissions, and help the engine to last. Mercury oil is also the preferred outboard motor oil for the Pro Kicker series; the oil ensures fishermen get the most out of their Mercury engines.