Saturday, March 25, 2017

One Bowl Chocolate Cake Recipe

We're chocolate freaks around my house this is an awesome recipe even a guy can make it!

One Bowl Chocolate Cake Recipe
What you’ll need:
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Your favorite chocolate frosting
Baking instructions:
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.
  2. Stir the sugar, flour, baking powder, cocoa, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl.
  3. Stir in the milk, eggs, oil and vanilla and mix for roughly 2 minutes with a mixer on medium speed.
  4. Stir the boiling water into the mixture last. The batter should be thin.
  5. Bake the cake for roughly 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven. Insert a toothpick into the cake. The cake is finished cooking when the toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Cool the cake pans for 10 minutes, then remove the cakes and place them on a wire rack to cool fully.
  7. Once cool, frost one cake with your favorite chocolate frosting, then place the other cake on top and frost them both.
  8. Allow the frosting to harden slightly, then slice and enjoy.
One bowl chocolate cake recipe

Monday, March 20, 2017

Synthetic Lubricants Learn More

The advantages of synthetic lubricants are well established. The fact that most motor oil companies today offer a full-synthetic oil is an evidence of what AMSOIL has long known: synthetic lubricants deliver the long-term protection and performance auto enthusiasts desire better than conventional oils.
Recently, our friends at HOT ROD magazine conducted a test that provided dramatic confirmation. They requested a variety of AMSOIL products to test in a 2006 5.7L Dodge* Charger*. The testing was done at the Pennsylvania College of Technology’s dyno laboratory. The Charger (previously run solely on conventional oil) was installed with these AMSOIL products:
  • Signature Series 5W-20 Synthetic Motor Oil
  • Signature Series Multi-Vehicle Synthetic Automatic Transmission Fluid
  • Severe Gear® 75W-140 Synthetic Gear Lube
  • Slip Lock (Differential Additive)
  • Ea® Oil Filter

The results were amazing. A recently published HOT ROD article states, “With the AMSOIL products installed, the Charger burned five tanks of fuel to establish an estimate of fuel mileage. Our fuel mileage with the AMSOIL product increased by 0.9 mpg...and the performance numbers were up as well. Peak torque was up 2.6 lb-ft and peak horsepower was up 4.4 hp.” The article goes on to say that “AMSOIL products are far superior to mineral oils in nearly every quantifiable category.”
This testing illuminates the advantages of AMSOIL synthetic lubricants. Synthetics help increase performance and engine life due to their...
  • Ability to reduce energy lost to friction and maximize power and fuel economy
  • Excellent film strength, which guards against wear in the toughest conditions
  • Superior low-temperature pour point, helping reduce wear at startup

Here, HOT ROD sums up the case for making the switch to AMSOIL synthetic lubricants: “If you plan on keeping your machine on the road for years well beyond the warranty period, a synthetic like AMSOIL will keep bearings, rings, bores, lifters, cam lobes, valve guides, bands, clutches, and pumps running like new well past normal rebuild intervals, and that means money in your pocket.”

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Jeep Wrangler Replacement Tops

Bestop - Mail-in Rebate
Month of March 2017 ONLY

  • Purchase a Bestop Trektop NX and save $50 via mail-in rebate.
  • Purchase a Bestop Black Twill Trektop NX and save $100 via mail-in rebate.
  • Purchase a Bestop Powerboard or Powerboard NX and save $150 via mail-in rebate.
  • Purchase a Bestop EZ Fold Hard Tonneau and save $100 via mail-in rebate.
  • Purchase a Bestop Soft Tonneau Cover and save $50 via mail-in rebate.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

What is the Right Diesel Oil for my Truck

Choosing the Right Diesel Oil
The introduction of AMSOIL Signature Series Max-Duty Synthetic Diesel Oil and Heavy-Duty Synthetic Diesel Oil brings even greater protection and performance, as well as additional viscosity options. How can you decide which oil is right for you?
Signature Series 5W-30 (DHD)
  • Newer Over-the-Road Trucks
  • Mixed Fleets

Signature Series 5W-30 is a versatile oil aimed at mixed fleets of diesel and gasoline vehicles, simplifying maintenance and lubricant inventory. Its extended drain capability further maximizes convenience and minimizes downtime for fleet managers with busy schedules.
It is also an outstanding option for newer over-the-road trucks that come factory-filled with 10W-30 for improved fuel economy.
  • 6X more engine protection*
  • Recommended for both diesel and gasoline vehicles, simplifying maintenance and lubricant inventory
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Outstanding cold-temperature performance
  • Extra protection for extended drain intervals

Heavy-Duty 10W-30 (ADN)
  • Newer Over-the-Road Trucks
  • Smaller Off-Road Equipment
  • Some Turbodiesel Pickups

Many newer over-the-road trucks come factory-filled with 10W-30 for improved fuel economy. Heavy-Duty 10W-30 is ideal for customers who want to maintain the improved fuel efficiency afforded by a 10W-30.
It also provides outstanding protection for smaller off-road equipment and turbodiesel pickups specifying 10W-30 (Ford** specifies 10W-30 for normal service).
  • 4X more engine protection*
  • Excellent opportunity for price-conscious customers to move up to AMSOIL quality
  • Improved fuel economy
  • Outstanding protection for OEM-recommended drain intervals

Signature Series 0W-40 (DZF)
  • Diesel-Powered Vehicles and Equipment Operating in Cold Climates

Signature Series 0W-40 is formulated specifically for applications operating in extreme cold. Most over-the-road trucks and heavy equipment are parked outside. Signature Series 0W-40 provides the ultimate cold-weather protection and performance, helping engines turn over faster and reducing start-up wear.
  • 4X better cold-temperature performance***
  • Reduces unnecessary idle time. Engines can be shut down with confidence of restart.
  • Extra protection for extended drain intervals

Signature Series 5W-40 (DEO)
Heavy-Duty 5W-40 (ADO)
  • Turbodiesel Pickups
  • Over-the-Road Trucks
  • Heavy Equipment

Signature Series 5W-40 and Heavy-Duty 5W-40 are ideal for turbodiesel-pickup, over-the-road-truck and heavy-equipment owners who want the cold-weather and fuel-economy benefits of a 5W and the protection benefits of an SAE 40.
  • Outstanding cold-cranking ability and start-up protection
  • Excellent fuel economy

Heavy-Duty 5W-40
  • 4X more engine protection*
  • Excellent opportunity for price-conscious customers to move up to AMSOIL quality
  • Outstanding protection for OEM-recommended drain intervals

Signature Series 5W-40
  • 6X more engine protection*
  • Ideal for customers seeking the ultimate wear protection in severe operating conditions
  • Extra protection for extended drain intervals

Signature Series 15W-40 (DME)
Heavy-Duty 15W-40 (ADP)
  • Over-the-Road Trucks
  • Off-Road Equipment
  • Turbodiesel Pickups

Signature Series 15W-40 and Heavy-Duty 15W-40 are the primary recommendations for most on- and off-road heavy-duty diesel applications in the marketplace; 15W-40 is the most widely used viscosity in the diesel world.
  • Reduced oil consumption
  • Outstanding shear stability, ensuring superior viscosity retention and wear protection in the most severe environments

Heavy-Duty 15W-40
  • 4X more engine protection*
  • Excellent opportunity for price-conscious customers to move up to AMSOIL quality
  • Outstanding protection for OEM-recommended drain intervals

Signature Series 15W-40
  • 6X more engine protection*
  • Ideal for customers seeking the ultimate wear protection in severe operating conditions
  • Extra protection for extended drain intervals

*than required by the Detroit Diesel DD13 Scuffing Test for Specification DFS 93K222.
**All trademarked names and images are the property of their respective owners and may be registered marks in some countries. No affiliation or endorsement claim, express or implied, is made by their use. All products advertised here are developed by AMSOIL for use in the applications shown.
***when compared to SAE 15W-40 in ASTM D5293 Cold-Cranking Viscosity test.

Robert Bruton Independent AMSOIL Dealer
Bruton Motor Sports

XHD Replacement Soft Top with Tinted Windows

New and improved XHD Replacement Soft-Tops from Rugged Ridge are now available with 50% thicker glass! Each Fabric Soft Top is specifically designed to easily fit the factory original soft top hardware. Simply take off the old top and slip on the new. It’s just that easy! These new designs feature reinforced stitching on the heavy “pull” areas as well as heavy-duty 30 mil thick glass! All XHD Soft Tops feature durable vinyl coated polyester and cotton fabric that will last the test of time. All sewn seams use marine grade thread to make sure it does not deteriorate or discolor in the sun. Each seam is literally “welded shut” with durable heat seal tape to keep moisture out while keeping the original look of the top intact. Attaching the Rugged Ridge Top is easy with the factory original “belt rail” attachment method; simply tuck under the rail and go! All our tops feature two choices of door options as Jeep offered the 97-06 Wrangler with upper soft doors or with full hard doors. Rugged Ridge makes a Replacement Top that fits either! Each top is backed by an industry leading 2-year limited warranty against manufacturer defects.

Jeep Wrangler Replacement Soft Top

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Why Motor Oil Deteriorates

Like just about everything else, motor oil has a lifespan. Even the best oils eventually require you to change them. Historically, many motorists like the convenience of changing oil with the seasons, visiting the quick lube or pulling the ramps out of their garage each spring and fall.
Motor oil can deteriorate by becoming contaminated, the additives depleting over time or both. 
How oil becomes contaminated
Base oils are the backbone of the finished lubricant that ends up in your engine. They can be conventional, synthetic or a combination thereof. They’re responsible for lubricating components, which reduces friction and protects against wear.
Base oils can lose their effectiveness over time due to a few different factors.
Oxidation – The interaction between oxygen molecules and motor oil molecules naturally leads to chemical breakdown. Just as oxygen causes a cut apple to brown or exposed metal to rust, it breaks down base oils and reduces motor oil’s effectiveness. Oxidation can lead to increased oil viscosity, which negatively affects energy efficiency. It also causes the formation of harmful deposits and sludge.
High heat – Today’s engines run hotter than ever before, with temperatures up to 235°F, and even higher if towing or hauling. The rate of oxidation for oil doubles for every 18°F increase in temperature.
Moisture – Your vehicle is also subjected to temperature swings, even when it is parked in the garage. Those temperature swings cause condensation to form inside your engine, leading to water contamination. Leaving a vehicle parked for extended periods or taking short trips that don’t allow the engine to fully warm up allow water to remain in the oil rather than evaporating and exiting through the tailpipe. Water can lead to the formation of sludge.
Viscosity loss – A lubricant’s viscosity is its most important property. Viscosity has a direct bearing on wear protection, and your engine is designed to operate best using a motor oil of a specific viscosity (e.g. 5W-30). The intense pressure the oil bears as it’s squeezed between moving parts, like the piston ring/cylinder wall interface, can tear apart, or shear, its molecular structure, leading to viscosity loss. Suddenly, the 5W-30 motor oil your engine was designed to use is now essentially a 5W-20 oil, and wear protection may be compromised.
Fuel dilution – Fuel can wash past the piston rings and contaminate the motor oil, causing it to lose viscosity. Frequent short trips that don’t allow the oil to reach normal operating temperature can be especially problematic because the fuel won’t volatilize and exit through the PCV system. Excessive fuel dilution leads to sludge and varnish, requiring the oil to be changed more often.
Additive are designed to deplete
Additives are added to base oils to reduce destructive processes and enhance beneficial properties. For example, antioxidant additives help slow the rate of oxidation. Detergency additives help prevent deposits and sludge while cleaning pre-existing deposits. Anti-wear additives are added to some lubricants to form a sacrificial barrier on metal components and help prevent wear.
Since they’re sacrificial in nature, additive depletion is one of the primary reasons motor oil loses its effectiveness and must be changed.
Though all motor oils eventually deteriorate, synthetic oils last longer than conventional oils and deliver improved protection against wear and deposits. They’re formulated with base oils that are more resilient to oxidation and heat, while their additives also typically offer improved performance.
In fact, AMSOIL Signature Series Synthetic Motor Oil performs so well you can go up to 25,000 miles/one year between oil changes (15,000 miles/one year in severe service) if you want, saving money.

Robert Bruton Independent AMSOIL Dealer
Bruton Motor Sports