|Is the principle of operation of the BMK-18 the same as the BMK-13, BMK-15, BMK-16, and BMK-17?
|Yes, the principle is exactly the same. For a given volume of oil being filtered at one time, the full flow filter filters approximately 80-85% of the oil, while the by-pass filter filters approximately 15-20% of the oil.
|What are the recommended applications for the BMK-18?
Gasoline powered inboard and inboard/outboard engines and light-duty diesel inboard engines. For specific applications consult the AMSOIL website or the Adapter Kit Application Guide (G-2051).
|Is it necessary to install marine filters when using the BMK-18?
|Marine filters are manufactured with an extra measure of corrosion resistance, but using a marine filter is not necessary when following the prescribed filter changes outlined in the BMK-18 instruction sheet. (BP-239)
|Must I order a separate adapter fitting when I order a BMK-18?
Yes. A spin on adapter kit must be ordered that matches your application as found in the Applications Guide (G-2051). There are four options:
- BK-195 (3/4" x 16 thread)
- BK-196 (13/16" x 16 thread)
- BK-197 (18 mm x 1.5 thread)
- BK-198 (20 mm x 1.5 thread
|Why is the BMK-18 more expensive than the other Dual Remote By-Pass Systems?
|The BMK-18 is designed to be installed in harsh marine environments. The hose fittings are coated with a 3 ml layer of Alumiplate™ and 1 ml of zinc and yellow chromate. Standard hydraulic fittings typically survive for 96 hours in the grueling ASTM B-117 Salt Spray Test. When we subjected the Alumiplate™ coated AMSOIL Marine Bypass System fittings to this critical corrosion resistance test protocol, they lasted over 1,000 hours! This means the Alumiplate™ coating on the fittings of the AMSOIL Marine By-Pass Filtration System is 10 times more corrosion resistant than standard zinc and yellow chromate plated fittings! While this exclusive Alumiplate™ coating process is expensive, AMSOIL felt this extra margin of system protection was absolutely necessary to provide marine application customers with extraordinary corrosion resistance and protection - and the peace of mind that goes with knowing that the AMSOIL Marine By-Pass System is engineered for demanding marine applications. Also, the fasteners and mounting bracket are stainless steel, and the hoses are larger diameter stainless steel braided and U.S. Coast Guard approved.
Where do I apply the anti-seize compound that is supplied with the kit?
|Apply a small amount on the swivel end of each hose end fitting and on the adapter retaining nut to avoid seizure.
|Where do I apply the thread sealant?
|On threaded connectors that are mounted to the filter mount assembly and the spin on adapter.
|Is the entire BMK-18 unit U.S. Coast Guard approved?
|No, only the hose is U.S. Coast Guard approved. The other components, designed for marine environments, are not regulated by the Coast Guard.
|Can I use the BMK-18 in a vehicle other than a boat?
|Yes, you can mount the BMK-18 onto any engine that will accept the appropriate adapter and where room permits.
|Can I order replacement parts for the BMK-18?
|Yes. Replacement parts are available at this point. However, it must be ordered through our Superior product center at this time.
|Can I use the AMS-Oiler with the BMK-18?
|Yes. The AMS-Oiler AMK-01 can be mounted directly on the BMK-18. The AMK-02 can be mounted independently of the by-pass unit through an engine lubrication port or via teeing off of the oil pressure sending unit.
|Many salt-water boats have diesel engines. Does AMSOIL make a by-pass system for them?
|The BMK-18 can be used with many of the smaller diesel engines. As long as you can match the filter thread size with the adapters available from AMSOIL, the system can be used.
|Does the BMK-18 remove water from my oil?
|The by-pass filter isolates small amounts of moisture and condensation from the oil stream.
|How does the BMK-18 compare to other marine by-pass systems?
|The BMK-18 is unique due to the fact it has individual adapters for each filter thread size. Also, the AMSOIL Marine By-Pass has a combination of full flow and by-pass filters in one unit. Most other by-pass filter units do not have a full flow filter associated with the unit.
|What filter sizes come on the BMK-18? How do I know which is best for my application?
|The BMK-18 does not come with filters. Depending on clearance available, AMSOIL recommends either the EaBP-90, EaBP-100, and EaBP-110 By-Pass Filters and any AMSOIL full flow filter with a ¾" x 16 thread. Preference would be given to the AMSOIL EaO-15 or the larger EaO-26. To provide maximum protection, AMSOIL recommends the installation of a filter that is large as possible for the area available.
AMSOIL Synthetic Oil Products
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does Amsoil cost?
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Motor Oils be used in any engine?
AMSOIL Motor Oils may be used in any mechanically sound gasoline
or diesel fueled engine. Basically, that means they are excellent
for use in any vehicle’s engine.
is the best time to switch to AMSOIL?
a vehicle to AMSOIL synthetic motor oil is fairly simple, but there
are a few things you need to be aware of. First, if you have a brand
new vehicle we recommend that you run a short cycle of petroleum
oil on a gas engine passenger car or light truck (typically 500
miles) and approximately 5000 miles on a diesel engine before installing
AMSOIL. This doesn't mean that you can't install AMSOIL sooner,
as many OEM's install synthetics as a factory fill, it simply means
these are our recommendations based on our extensive engineering
studies and knowledge of this topic. Check out this page for more
to Amsoil .
I use an oil additive like Slick 50 when using AMSOIL
Absolutely Not! AMSOIL has long discouraged motorists
from using any kind of aftermarket lubricant additive. After all,
AMSOIL synthetic lubricants use the finest quality synthetic basestocks
and additive systems. AMSOIL motor oils are formulated under the
strictest quality control standards to provide superior lubrication
performance. Additives cost money and only detract from the quality
of AMSOIL motor oils.
A perfect example of why AMSOIL discourages use of aftermarket
additives is the Federal Trade Commissions (FTC) recent lawsuit
against zMax auto additives, seeking to halt false and misleading
advertising and gain refunds for consumers who purchased the products.
According to the FTC, the enhanced performance benefits zMax claims
its products provide are totally unsubstantiated, and in the same
tests cited to support performance claims, motor oil treated with
zMax actually produced more than twice as much bearing corrosion
than motor oil by itself. They further allege that the three different
zMax products - an engine additive, a fuel line additive and a transmission
additive - are nothing more than tinted mineral oil.
The complaint states that since at least May of 1999, zMax has
aired infomercials promoting its Power System, a $39 package of
three additives to be used in the engine, fuel line and transmission
of automobiles. The infomercials are quite convincing, even going
as far as featuring testimonials from various consumers and race
car drivers making such claims as, I was averaging about 22 miles
to the gallon on the highway. I installed the zMax and so I jumped
right up to about 28 miles per gallon and zMax guarantees a minimum
of 10 percent gas mileage increase. Other advertising claims zMax
with LinKite has the scientific, CRC L38 proof it takes your car
to the Max! and Why zMax Works - Cuts carbon build-up on valve stems
66%; Lowers wear on valve stems 66%; Lowers wear on piston skirts
60%; Reduces blow-by leakage 17.7%; Increases combustion efficiency
9.25%; Lowers fuel consumption 8.5% - Results of an independent
CRC L38 test.
The CRC L38 test is a standard auto industry test which measures
the bearing corrosion protection properties of motor oils. According
to the complaint, in early 1997 an independent testing facility
performed two CRC L38 tests of the zMax products. The results showed
motor oil treated with the zMax additives produced more than double
the bearing corrosion as motor oil alone. According to the FTC,
the defendants eliminated the bearing corrosion results, as well
as all other negative results, to produce one report from the two
sets of tests, using this report in its infomercials and on its
The FTC charge alleges that zMax did not possess and rely on
reasonable substantiation for the following product claims: increases
gas mileage by a minimum of 10% reduces engine wear reduces or eliminates
engine wear at startup reduces engine corrosion extends engine life
reduces emissions They also allege that the defendants falsely represent
that the results of the CRC L38 test prove that zMax: increases
gas mileage reduces engine wear extends engine life lowers fuel
consumption by 8.5% lowers wear on valve stems by 66% lowers wear
on piston skirts by 60% cuts carbon build-up on valve stems by 66%
Finally, the FTC charges that zMax does not have substantiation
for the representation that the testimonials and endorsements shown
in zMax advertising are the actual and current opinions, findings,
beliefs, and/or experiences of those consumers; and the typical
or ordinary experience of members of the public who use the product.
The lawsuit against zMax is the latest in a long line of FTC charges
against auto additive manufacturers. The FTC has previously halted
allegedly deceptive advertising by the marketers of Dura Lube, Motor
Up, Prolong, Valvoline, Slick 50, STP and other major brands of
engine treatment systems.
Slick 50 Engine Treatment
STP Engine Treatment Valvoline Engine Treatment Dura Lube Super Engine
Treatment Dura Lube Advanced Engine Treatment Motor Up Engine Treatment
Prolong Super Lubricants zMax Auto Additives
Which 30 Weight Oil Do I Use -
What is the difference?
0W-30, 5W-30 and 10W-30 synthetic motor oils are ALL 30 weight oils.
The answer is that ANY one can be used regardless if your vehicle
owners manual says to use, for example, a 5W-30. "W" means winter.
In winter weather the 0W oil will flow like a 0W oil, and the 5W
will flow like a 5W oil and a 10W will flow like a 10W oil just
until the engine warms up.
In order to understand the differences one has
to first understand that the numerical values given to these various
weight oils are strictly empirical numbers. For example, 0W does
not mean that the oil has no weight. That is one of the reasons
why we say it is strictly an empirical number. In order to determine
the differences between the three oils one has to look at the kinematic
viscosity of each lubricant. The kinematic viscosity is essentially
the amount of time, in centistokes, that it takes for a specified
volume of the lubricant to flow through a fixed diameter orifice
at a given temperature.
Let's compare the kinematic viscosity of the three AMSOIL lubricants:
AMSOIL 0W-30 is 57.3 cST @ 40 deg. C, & 11.3 cST @ 100 deg. C
AMSOIL 5W-30 is 59.5 cST @ 40 deg. C, & 11.7 cST @ 100 deg. C
AMSOIL 10W-30 is 66.1 cST @ 40 deg. C, & 11.7 cST @ 100 deg. C.
As you can see from the data above the kinematic viscosities
are extremely close. Therefore, whether you use the 0W-30, 5W-30
or the 10W-30 is strictly a matter of choice. With the small differences
in kinematic viscosity you would be hard-pressed to detect these
differences on initial engine start-up without specialized engine
All three oils are excellent motor oils and ANY one can be used
in a vehicle which requires either a 0W-30, 5W-30 or 10W-30 oil
as well as in several other engine applications including an engine
which recommends a 5W- 20 oil.
AMSOIL Signature Series 0W-30 Severe Service motor oil is one
of the best synthetic lubricants AMSOIL manufacturers for gasoline
engine passenger vehicles and light trucks. The molecular and chemical
technology used to develop this oil was derived from AMSOIL's Racing
Oil. It is a 35,000 mile/1-year motor oil. This is the same oil
used by numerous police vehicles and severe duty fleets nationwide.
In fact, many national racing teams use the 0W-30 for the qualifying
event, then they change to the AMSOIL 20W-50 Racing Oil for the
race. The extra horsepower and friction reduction from the 0W-30
often assists a race driver in attaining a better starting position.
In fact, we know exactly which race teams use it, but cannot disclose
This leads to the next topic: many people also ask us if the
0W-30 is too thin a viscosity oil for high ambient temperature operation.
The answer is absolutely not! Thicker viscosity oils are not always
necessarily better since in addition to its' various engine lubrication
functions, an oil must also effectively transfer heat. Only about
60% of an engines cooling is performed by the engine coolant, and
only on the upper half of the engine. The remaining 40% of an engines
cooling is performed mainly by the engine oil.
Although a vehicle that is recommended to use a 30 weight oil
can also use a 40 weight oil, it is usually not needed. You will
gain absolutely no benefit from using a thicker viscosity oil if
it is not needed. The only time we recommend a 40 weight oil, such
as AMSOIL's 10W-40, to a customer in a passenger car or light truck
application is if the vehicle's engine is excessively worn and consumes
oil at a higher than normal rate or if the vehicle is being used
for very severe duty, high load, high temperature applications.
other motor oil to my engine affect my drain-intervals
another brand of motor oil will reduce the amount of AMSOIL in your
engine which will shorten the life of the AMSOIL motor oil. Using
another motor oil will require you to change your motor oil much
sooner than Amsoil recommends.
a synthetic oil decrease friction and improve gas mileage and performance
oil molecules are more resistant to contaminants. They are generally
smaller, and more consistent in physical size. Amsoil synthetic
oil provides less stress on your engine providing superior gas mileage
increase & additional horsepower. Reduced friction makes engine
bearings rotate easier. This saves energy & conserves fuel. Using
AMSOIL will save enough per year in fuel savings to pay for all
your vehicles lubrication needs.
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Once you have installed AMSOIL, you will notice the following benefits:
Easier cold weather starting, cold weather pumpability and circulation,
smoother engine performance and more horsepower, reduced exhaust emissions,
superior wear protection, improved fuel economy, extended engine life,
extended starter life, excellent engine cleanliness, long drain intervals,
longer spark plug life, reduced engine temperatures, reduced oil consumption,
excellent resistance to sludge, coke, varnish deposits (Thermal Stability),
reduced/eliminated piston groove sticking, reduced/eliminated valve
sticking, superior shear stability, superior resistance to viscosity
increase (Volatility Resistance), superior film strength, money and
time savings. You will not get any of these benefits with conventional
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