Extend the Life of Your Oil and Engine with a Five-Minute Quick Install Frantz Bypass Filter Kit
April 3, 2024

The stock (OEM) oil filter on any car or truck will catch damaging particles anywhere from 15-20 microns, which are actually pretty small. For a size reference, the average human hair is about 72 microns in diameter, so 20 microns equals roughly .0008 inches. Pretty small right? But we can do better. Engine bearings and

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The Science of Motor Oil Viscosity
April 11, 2023

Choosing the right oil for your motor can be overwhelming when you consider the many options available. On top of that, understanding what you are buying when you grab that 15W-40 bottle off the shelf is an entirely different battle. Hot Shot’s Secret can help you learn how to choose the right oil viscosity for your engine. What Is Viscosity? Viscosity is

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Stiction in the Modern Diesel Engine
August 11, 2022

It’s hard to believe that it has been over 25 years since the market began learning about all the problems that would arise from both the 6.0L and 7.3L Power Stroke diesel engines and their HEUI injector systems. Since the HEUI injectors came in direct contact with the engine oil, many injectors failed as oil

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Should I Use an Engine Flush?
June 16, 2022

Using an engine flush is a common way to clear out the buildup in your engine, but there is a lot you should take into consideration before making this decision. An engine flush is not always the best choice for your vehicle. What Is an Engine Flush? An engine flush is an aftermarket chemical additive

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Does my oil need a TBN Boost
April 29, 2022

The Total Base Number, or TBN of an oil represents the amount of active detergents and dispersants that are present in the oil. Many people only consider the purpose of oil to be for lubricating the engine. Although this may be its primary function, an oil is also intended to clean and maintain the cleanliness

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Why Your European Car Needs “Special” Oil
March 13, 2022

Have you ever wondered why your Jaguar, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Audi, or Volvo needs a special kind of engine oil? It goes beyond just their good looks and elegant style; the reason is valid. Unlike why your European Trophy Wife needs that Gucci Purse. Many European cars had some of the most legendary engines, like

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Are all Synthetic oil groups the same?
January 14, 2022

When you look across the shelf at all of the different types of motor oils, it can be a little overwhelming trying to understand the differences from one to another. And believe it or not, there are actually many differences between them. However, all motor oils start out as one of five different types of

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Diesel vs. Gas Engine Oils
December 22, 2021

With a wide variety of engine oils to choose from, you may be wondering what type is the best fit for your vehicle. We’ll break down the basics of diesel oil versus gas oil, discuss the science behind these distinctive engine designs and answer some frequently asked engine oil questions. Or if you are looking

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Make your engine last longer with an Oil Additive
December 10, 2021

A rule of thumb that applies to any tangible asset; if you take care of something, it will last longer. This applies to everything from tools, guns and toys, to our own bodies. It’s no secret that this same principle applies to an engine as well. The good news is that it is actually quite

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