Back to the Basics Product Overview: Multi-System Tune-Up

Screen Shot 2015-12-18 at 9.02.00 AMThere is so much hype and misinformation surrounding pour-ins and similar add-on fluids in the market today. That’s why it’s important to do your research before hand so you can feel confidant before recommending or pouring a product in one of your customer’s cars.

Gumout is excited about their product, Multi-System Tune-Up. They provided us with an overview of their product. Check it out. Do your own research on this product and leave your comments below. After all, National Oil & Lube News began so quick maintenance professionals would have a common place to share and read industry insight, let’s get back to the basics.


  • Gumout Multi-System Tune-Up uniquely treats the entire fuel system with a scientifically formulated blend of premium cleaning and conditioning agents, restoring performance and fuel economy in any engine type. While other cleaners burn up in the intense heat of the combustion chamber, the polyetheramine (PEA) used in Gumout remains stable, removing carbon deposits that can lead to pre-ignition and reduced combustion efficiency. With temperatures as high as 495 degrees, the combustion chamber is extremely difficult to clean. Only PEA remains stable enough in high heat to remove carbon deposits in this environment. Other detergents simply burn up without effectively cleaning piston tops, cylinder heads or direct injectors. That’s why any truly effective fuel system cleaner should contain PEA.
  • Gumout Multi-System Tune-Up also features a range of conditioning ingredients as well. Antioxidants help stabilize fuel and oil, particularly in engines that are used less often, to keep varnish from developing on metal parts. And corrosion inhibitors keep key engine parts from degrading, helping to extend engine life.
  • PEA is a nitrogen-based detergent that cleans engine parts in harsh conditions that other, less robust detergents can’t. Gumout also uses stronger concentrations of ingredients to ensure their effectiveness and rigorously tests every formula to meet tough performance, industry and safety standards.
  • Gumout Multi-System Tune-Up can be used in gas, ethanol and diesel or poured into the crankcase to stabilize oil. And Gumout Multi-System Tune-Up is built to handle the requirements of modern engine technology, like GDI (gasoline direct injection), turbos and superchargers. It’s also equally effective on engines without those systems, thanks to its advanced ingredients.
  • Like all Gumout products, Multi-System Tune-Up is thoroughly tested in our labs, in independent labs and in fleet tests. To provide statistical proof of its effectiveness, all of the relevant ASTM tests are performed.

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How to Survive a Blizzard in the Car – Bear Grylls Style

by Hunter Howard

stuck-in-snow-_antiksu_-_Fotolia_largeThe key to surviving any situation is preparation. If you’ve ever seen the show, Man vs. Wild on Discovery Channel then you know Bear Grylls is the king of this. Being proactive and expecting the worst-case scenario is usually the best route no matter if you’re playing the role of defensive driver or proactive shop owner. With the winter months knocking at our front door and the country expecting higher than average snowfall, it can be a helpful hint to remind your customers to keep a few things in their car in case of an emergency, as well as knowing and sharing a few tips that could very well save a life.

A basic winter survival kit is not difficult to make and can easily be modified to fit the owner’s needs. Common things that make up a good winter kit roadside emergency would include: something to keep you warm, food, something to signal people of your location and something to help you in typical cold weather roadside emergencies.

If you have room, a complete kit would look something like this.

  • A shovel
  • Windshield scraper and small broom
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Battery powered radio
  • Water
  • Snack food including energy bars
  • Raisins and mini candy bars
  • Matches and small candles
  • Extra hats, socks and mittens
  • First aid kit with pocket knife
  • Necessary medications
  • Blankets or sleeping bag
  • Tow chain or rope
  • Road salt, sand or cat litter for traction
  • Booster cables
  • Emergency flares and reflectors
  • Fluorescent distress flag

A winter survival kit means next to nothing if you’re doing everything else wrong. Here are a few tips to make sure you and your customers stay safe in case of an emergency.

  • Tell someone where you are going and the route you will take.
  • If stuck, tie a florescent flag (from your kit) on your antenna or hang it out the window. At night, keep your dome light on. Rescue crews can see a small glow at a distance. To reduce battery drain, use emergency flashers only if you hear approaching vehicles. If you’re with someone else, make sure at least one person is awake and keeping watch for help at all times.
  • Stay in your vehicle. Walking in a storm can be very dangerous. You might become lost or exhausted. Your vehicle is a good shelter.
  • Fresh Air: It’s better to be cold and awake than comfortably warm and sleepy. Snow can plug your vehicle’s exhaust system and cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to enter your car. Only run the engine for 10 minutes an hour and make sure the exhaust pipe is free of snow. Keeping a window open a crack while running the engine is also a good idea.
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National Oil & Lube News Gift Guide and Giveaway for Gearheads

Holiday Gift GuideThe holidays are here! This year we decided to answer the age old Christmas conundrum, “I don’t know what to get” or, “I don’t know what I want,” for either the automotive lover in your life or maybe even yourself. We’ve put together a thorough and affordable gift guide from us to you. Each one of these gifts have been hand selected by our team and are things we’d be excited to find under the tree. So, whether you’re shopping for an elusive Secret Santa you barely know, your brother who has everything, your husband, your boss or deciding what to put on your own holiday wish list, we’ve got you covered.

In the spirit of giving, we thought it would be even more fun to pick four winners and give four gifts from the gift guide away. Click HERE to enter.

Get a bonus entry for each social media platform you follow us on or by sharing this post using the hashtag #NOLNgiveaway. For example, like us on Facebook and receive one extra giveaway entry. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and share this post on all three sites using the hashtag #NOLNgiveaway and get six extra entries! Make sure to leave a comment below on this blog post with your name, Twitter and Instagram handles letting us know you did. Four lucky winners will be chosen on Tuesday, December 15, 2015, to receive one of the gifts below.

SHOP THE GIFT GUIDE by clicking on the links below.

30 oz. Rambler  // Yeti $39.99
This tumbler has all the cooling technology the infamous Yeti coolers are known for and is totally worth the hype! This tumbler will make you (or the person you give it to) wonder what you did before.

Wave Multi-tool // Leatherman $90.85
17 tools in one? This tool allows you to hold a whole toolbox in one hand. We guarantee whomever you give this to will be reaching for it over and over again.

ZEVO Pulse // Sylvania $59.99
The ZEVO Pulse is a small LED-device that lets you change the color of your headlights with your smartphone. You can even sync them up to music or sound around you so they’ll beat to the rhythm. It’s brand new, so it’s a good gift for someone on your list who has everything!

The Ultimate Man Gift // Man Crate $19.99 – $179.99
A gift that comes with a crowbar is a good gift. Man Crate is dedicated to curating the ultimate gifts. Choose from the “Mount Rubsmore” kit — a set of four ‘Merica inspired meat seasonings — the “Zombie Annihilation” crate or anything in between.

Model V8 Engine // Revell $74.95
This 1/4 scale visible V-8 engine plastic assembly kit is great for any desk or gearhead who wants a small, visual demonstration of a V8 engine in action. A hand crank operates the pistons, camshaft rocker arms and valves. The kit includes a rubber fan belt and vinyl ignition wires.

Camo Flex Windshield Wiper Blades and Telescoping Snow Brush // Autotex $17.99 – $21.27
Hey Jack! Look like a boss while you’re keeping the windshield clear. These camo blades and telescoping snow brush are both designed for durability. They dot fade and the wipers all-rubber frame is made to prevent freezing and snow build-up — perfect for winter.

Personalized Grill Set // Etsy $49.99
This engraved BBQ grill set is perfect for the grill master in your life. It includes stainless steel spatula, tongs and grill fork with bamboo handles — all custom, of course, for your special someone.

40-Piece Extreme Grip Mechanics Tool Set // Craftsman $89.99
The 3/8-inch drive set includes a family of tools designed to fit both inch and metric fasteners, even when rounded. Diamond coated tips reduce cam-out slippage on fasteners and allow for removal of stripped screws.  The sockets have serrated jaws and provide up to 14 times more gripping power on rounded fasteners. The bit driver has true, one-handed operation versus a magnetic tip screwdriver.  Magnetic collar gives 143 times more gripping power versus a standard bit driver, and the three-position ratcheting mechanism provides smooth operation.

Sandalwood Starter Kit // The Art of Shaving $30
The Sandalwood Starter Kit offers one week’s worth of The Art of Shaving’s classic and raved about essentials for a close and comfortable shave. The kit includes pre shave oil, shaving cream, after-shave balm and a trial size, badger hair shaving brush.

Hero4 Session // GoPro $299.99
See what everyone is talking about. HERO4 Session packs the power of GoPro into their smallest, lightest, most convenient camera yet—featuring a rugged and waterproof design, easy one-button control, 1080p60 video and 8MP photos. If you really want to make the person you’re buying for light up when they open your gift, you can’t go wrong with splashing out on this option!

We’re so excited we get to share our Christmas wish list with you and even give some of these things away but most importantly we’re excited to remember the reason for the season with our friends and family. Because no matter what ends up under your tree, that is where the magic of the season lies.

Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Year!

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Being Thankful

by Hunter Howard

Today, Thanksgiving, is all about stepping back away from all the hassle and realize what in your life means the most to you and what you are truly thankful for. Being thankful is something that we all show a little differently but the feelings of love, companionship and gratitude are the same.

We at National Oil & Lube News, have so much to be thankful for. Our upcoming 30 year milestone is one but we wouldn’t have been able to reach without loyal readers, vendors and industry experts alike. You’ve helped us keep the fast lube industry informed. In fact, if you’re reading this, you’re still part of our journey, thank you. We’re thankful for year 30 (and hopefully, 30 more).

Earlier in the week, we decided to do some strenuous training for the big day today. So, naturally, we had our own NOLN Thanksgiving lunch. Everyone on the team brought a dish and we ate, and ate, and ate.

See here’s proof:


All that food was so good and we’re not sure how we made it through the rest of the work day without some serious food comas but it wouldn’t be a true Thanksgiving if we didn’t share what we’re thankful for. Here’s what some of our employees are thankful for — other than working with some of the best people on the planet, obviously:

“I’m thankful for the opportunity to work part-time so I can spend time with, and look after, my grandfather.” — Tiffany Winters

“This year I’m thankful for having such a strong, loving family. We’ve made it through some very rough times together, leaning on each other for strength to endure hardship and loss. I’m blessed to have such a great support system of family and friends.” — Carrie Przeslak

“I’m thankful for my morning devotional paired with a cup of joe; both get me through the day. In fact, I’m savoring my cup of coffee right now while I write what I was thankful for.” — Geri Jones

“I’m thankful for my family and friends.” — Eric Cisneros

“New beginnings! That saying about God closing one door so He can open another rings so true in my life! Thanks to the wonderful group of people known as family and extended family that have been with me through good and bad times. I’m on a new path at this point. It wasn’t my decision to close that door but it’s a decision that I’ve been able to embrace with their love and support.” — Nikki Held

“I’m thankful for being able to spend time with my friends and family as much as possible. They make every all-nighter study session worth it. I’m here to make all of them proud and I’m thankful that they support me on whatever path life takes me on.” — Hunter Howard

“Family — and friends that might as well be family — top my list of things I’m thankful for. I’m thankful that I serve a gracious and loving God who always provides for my family and I and who has my best interest at heart even when I think I know what’s best for my life. I can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store!” — Lauren Henderson

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Increasing Your Bottom Line by Addressing Costs

irish-hands.jpgAs the saying goes, there are only two ways to make more money: sell more products or reduce your costs.

In our industry where customer expectations are higher than ever and customers who are being more mindful than ever of every dollar spent, maybe it is time to consider the overhead cost. In particular, those “shop supplies” we try to bill for, but we also know we never fully account for all these different supplies we need to service a car. Another thing to think about is the increased labor cost because a job that should of taken 30 minutes takes an hour.


For years, the full-line mechanical shops have been taking advantage of using a quality parts cleaner and degreaser. On the surface, these cleaners seem like a luxury that those of us in our industry couldn’t justify. In reality, by using a quality cleaner you can reduce cost by allowing for a simpler and faster removal and installation of hard parts like a sticky idle control or a stubborn brake caliper. Removal of carbon on engine parts also reduces the risk of breakage, and we all know who has to pay for broken parts! Obviously, if the part is easier to remove and the area is clean, replacing the part goes smoothly and the amount of time on the job will be reduced. This means you can perform more services in the same amount of time.

It is important with today’s vehicles and the multiple uses of different materials in places — where all-steel components were used before — you use a product that can be used on unpainted metal parts, carburetors, air intakes and throttle bodies. For those servicing brakes, you know a quality brake cleaner is a must. The Regane Parts Cleaner and Degreaser will safely clean all these parts so the need for multiple cleaners and wasting valuable training time instructing technicians which cleaner to use when is no longer needed. Reduce your cost, and the savings will go to your bottom line.

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What Are You Doing After Hours?

compare_all2What is it you really want to be doing when you’re at work? We want to know! The New Year is approaching quickly and we’re excited  to continue to bring you old favorites like the 2016 Vertical Outlook, the Fast Lube Operator Survey, Operator of the Year and all the other features our readers have come to love and rely on. However, we also have some knew surprises up our sleeves for 2016, articles we hope you’ll enjoy just as much.

One new feature we’re excited to add to our editorial lineup is a reoccurring profile piece we’re calling, After Hours. After Hours profiles will feature a new quick lube or industry professional every month and will highlight their hobbies and interests outside the shop. This is where your stories and connections play a huge role.

We’re relying on you to tell us about yourself, your friends, family, co workers or anybody you know working in the quick lube or maintenance industry that enjoys a hobby that you think would make a good story. Maybe you rally race, enjoy cooking, run triathlons or enjoy camping with your grandkids (or maybe your friends do) tell us about it!

To tell us about an After Hours story you think we should feature in a 2016 issue of NOLN click here or send an email to

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A Side of Vegas You May Not Have Seen

by Hunter Howard
635687198997697489457475472_002_LasVegasIf you’re making the trip to Las Vegas for Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week (AAIW), we want you to have the best trip possible. Of course, your primary goal for this trip is business, at least that’s our goal, but don’t forget to take some time off and enjoy the City of Lights while you’re there. If you want to get the lowdown on AAIW specifically check out this. If you want some ideas on things to do that are completely unrelated to the automotive aftermarket or work then keep reading.

After the show floor closes, before you make a beeline to the blackjack table, think about doing something a little unconventional. Deciding what to do with what precious time you do have can be overwhelming in Vegas but here are some of our favorite — and slightly unconventional — things to do.

 Visit the Neon Museum

The Neon Museum is a history lesson from Las Vegas’ past. The vintage signs take up close to six acres of space.

Swim with the Sharks

The Shark Reef is a full-sized aquarium that bills itself as “North America’s only predator-based aquarium. It features rare killers including crocodiles, moray eels, jellyfish, piranhas and over 15 species of sharks. You have to be a certified diver to take a dip, but you can watch someone else risk life and limb.

BBQ at Ellis Island

A small little casino, not far from the strip, offers some of the best BBQ Las Vegas has to offer. Beer is also brewed on site is claimed to be a sweet ambrosia the will make you want to stay.

Zombie Apocalypse Store

A visit to the Zombie Apocalypse is a no-brainer. This little store contains everything you need to protect yourself from those walkers. It also has some novelty items for the non-diehards.

High Roller Ferris Wheel

This ferris wheel is the tallest observation wheel in the world. From a romantic date to an incredible view, it will not disappoint.

Buffet at the M Resort

You’re going to buffet while you’re in Vegas, just accept that as fact. Here’s the one you have to try: Studio B Buffet at M Resort. Sure, it’s a little out of the way but it’s so good, you won’t mind much.

See the MGM Lions

After you enjoy the M Resort’s buffet, make sure to visit the Lion Habitat Ranch about a minute away. This is where all those MGM Grand lions go when they retire

We’d love to see what you get up to while you’re at #AAPEX15 and #SEMA2015. We can’t believe it’s less than four days away! Share your photos with us using the hashtag: #NOLNinVegas15

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Volvo’s Autonomous Guarantee

by Hunter Howardvolvo-self-driving-autonomous-car-t-on-sale-in-2017-660x330In a futuristic world full of self-driving cars — even if the cars and sensors are guaranteed to be 99.999 percent effective — there will still be accidents here and there. Car manufacturers are trying to get this percentage down as much as possible — one of the main reasons autonomous cars aren’t everywhere already.

If neither driver involved in an accident are operating their vehicles, who will be to blame if there is an accident? Volvo answered that question early on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 when the company announced they would take responsibility for all accidents in which one of their autonomous vehicles is involved.

When asked about accidents not involving another vehicle, such as, “What if the lane markings are messed up? Will my car run off the road?” Volvo president and CEO, Håkan Samuelsson and his team responded when test-driving, Nevada had lane markings with shorter dots and in other places, painted stripes were almost washed out. The vehicle’s vision systems were calibrated to avoid any mistakes.

Autonomous technology appears to be years on the horizon, but with each breakthrough and power-move like Volvo’s, we are approaching that horizon with great speed.

Volvo’s actions show a lot of confidence and trust in their product and engineering which makes me feel slightly better about letting my vehicle’s computer take over the steering wheel.

Although Volvo only represents a small portion of the vehicle market in the U.S., I expect this move will play a huge role in how other companies make their next move when it comes to regulation and policy concerning autonomous technology.

What are your thoughts on Volvo’s statement and the regulation of autonomous cars in the future? I’d love to hear them, comment below.

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Shocks and Awe: When To Consider Servicing a Vehicle’s Suspension System

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Shock absorbers aren’t something the average driver thinks about on a daily basis. As a result, shocks can easily be put on the back burner, especially when you think about every other thing that can need replacement on a vehicle. A vehicle’s suspension can affect how smooth the ride is and how long it takes you to stop. In fact, bad suspension can increase stopping time by up to 20 percent. Here are a few things to look for when considering whether or not to replace shocks.

  1. Nose Dives

As suspension starts to fail, you’ll notice the vehicle will gradually dip farther and farther past parallel when it comes to a stop.

  1. Rough Riding

When every bump in the road causes the vehicle to bounce, poor suspension is often to blame.

  1. Damaged Shocks

This is a fairly obvious reason to replace shocks. If you see shock absorbers leaking fluid or notice any damage such as holes of dents, it can be worthwhile to check them out.

  1. The Bounce Test

If you suspect the vehicle’s suspension is going bad, perform the bounce test. With the car in park, press down on the front and rear end of the car with all your weight. If the vehicle appears to bounce more than a few times the suspension is probably wearing out.

If the vehicle has these symptoms look into replacing the shocks and for more check out this video from ChrisFix, a popular YouTuber who posts informative videos twice a week  about how to make repairs on vehicles. In this video, ChrisFix shows exactly how shocks affect a vehicle’s ride with a helpful before and after layout.

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Castrol Reinvents the Oil Change with Nexcel

by Tammy Neal

Castrol recently launched Nexcel, a revolutionary technology that marks the most significant oil change innovation in automotive history.

The system offers manufacturers and motorists three primary benefits in performance, servicing and sustainability:

  • Castrol has demonstrated Nexcel delivers a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions on modern engines. Moreover, the technology paves the way for a new generation of precision-engineered oils delivering further engine performance and CO2 benefits.
  • Nexcel makes the oil change super quick and clean for service centers, allowing them to offer more flexible and convenient service options to customers.
  • Oil cells are collected after use, avoiding wastage of used oil. This oil can then be re-refined back into high-quality lubricants. If Nexcel were fitted onto every car in the world today, it would save more than 200,000 road tankers of virgin oil from being produced, every year.

Nexcel in car

Nexcel In Car 2

The Nexcel system has been tested on a range of engines, from very small city cars to cutting-edge high-powered racing engines in the most extreme of conditions. The system oil flow has been tested up to 600 liters a minute — 10-20 times greater than seen in a conventional passenger car engine.

The system will be fitted as standard in the new Aston Martin Vulcan track-only supercar. Road cars fitted with Nexcel are expected to go into production within five years.

Testing and installing Nexcel on a low-volume car like the Vulcan allowed the oil cell’s development to be accelerated, meaning it will be ready for mass market production much sooner. Castrol is currently in discussions with several other vehicle manufacturers.

Editor’s note: Be looking for a more in-depth article about Nexcel technology and what it will mean for the U.S. auto service industry in our December issue.

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