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38 minutes | Oct 25, 2021
Slick Talk - Episode 50: Unit IDs We Love
Episode Guide:0-4:19 - Latest albums we've been listening to. Joe and Ben first bonded over music and as such they like catching each other up on the latest albums they've been jamming to in the office. 4:20-31:22 - Unit IDs defined and the IDs we loveBen defines what exactly a Unit ID is in the Blackstone Universe, and from there Joe and Ben talk favorite Unit IDs they've come across, and a little story about each particular unit the ID is given to.31:23-37:45 - On The MoneyJoe and Ben talk about a recent IO-550 sample and how the findings paired with symptoms the customer was noticing in operation helped to identify a particular issue.
32 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
Episode 49: The Ryan Stark Interview
A long-awaited guest finally joins the program: Ryan Stark, president of Blackstone Laboratories. This is a wide-ranging interview, covering everything from the early days of Blackstone, how the business has evolved over the years, and of course fun facts about the man himself. Enjoy!
12 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
Episode 48: Finding Answers in the Filter
Analyzing a filter can prove just as worthwhile as analyzing used oil. But there’s a big difference in exactly how this analysis is conducted and the information you can gather. If you’ve ever wondered what useful knowledge you can glean from your engine’s filter, look no further than this episode, hosted by Blackstone Joe.
17 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
Episode 47: Q&A with the Analyst feat. Raegan
Blackstone Joe sat down with fellow senior analyst, Raegan, to break down a variety of topics. Fresh off an appearance at the Oshkosh air show, Raegan unpacks what makes Oshkosh such a special experience for aircraft owners and enthusiasts. From there, our analysts delved into the hands-on vehicle maintenance that helped Raegan roll into Blackstone ready to talk all things petrol. Stay tuned till the end of the episode to hear Joe and Raegan break down data from a Lycoming O-360 as well as what problem the owner as able to solve thanks to the help of used oil analysis. Enjoy!
13 minutes | Aug 30, 2021
Episode 46: On The Money
A sample arrived from a Volvo diesel, and it didn't look pretty. The engine was clearly wearing poorly, but why? Listen as Blackstone Joe unpacks the results, and how they pointed the customer in the right direction to make repairs and keep the engine running. Oil analysis for the win!Bonus cuts: a preview of what's to come on Slick Talk, and an important update to our shipping process.
19 minutes | Aug 16, 2021
Episode 45: When Data Calls
What do a bullet in the Blazer, magnetic oil, and phone calls have in common? They're all part of episode 45, which finds our host Blackstone Joe breaking down an unfortunate event in his Blazer ownership, a sample in the lab that was too interesting not to share, and of course the main event: When Data Calls. Phone calls are important not just for checking an address or card number - they're a way for analysts to reach out and gather important background info, or in some cases, relay the good/bad news you were waiting on. Happy listening!
22 minutes | Aug 2, 2021
Episode 44: One For The Books!
A customer recently inquired about which engines we've seen the most, and that got our host, Blackstone Joe, thinking. Sure he had some usual suspects in mind, but it took a deep dive into the database to find the Top 10, and it was a journey worth going on.Join Blackstone Joe as he breaks down not only the engines and systems we've seen customers sample the most, but also fun facts, common issues, and characteristics of the makes/models included.
41 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
Episode 43 feat. Kevin Jones aka Ultra4Jones
When starting this podcast, our primary goal was to establish a connection with customers where we aren't just pulling the curtain back on Blackstone Laboratories and what sets us apart - we also wanted to learn more about our customers, what drives them to seek out oil analysis, how it aids in their maintenance plan, and what interests/jobs/hobbies they have that rely on the services we offer. This episode accomplished just that. Blackstone Joe and Kevin Jones (the latter is better known as Ultra4Jones on Instagram and elsewhere on social media) made a connection via the podcast and it didn't take long to find out there was plenty to discuss surrounding oil analysis and how it relates to vehicle maintenance, whether it be a daily driver or a vehicle asked to endure the demands of something much tougher, Ultra 4 Racing. If you're a novice to Ultra 4, don't worry - we break it down and delve into engine/vehicle builds, wrenching in the garage, and so much more.
13 minutes | Jul 5, 2021
Slick Talk - Episode 42: Doing Time
If you're an aircraft owner, odds are good you know the word "inactivity" but have you ever wondered why we ask about it on our slips? Listen as Blackstone Joe delves into the word, what it means to us, and why it's so important to keep an engine active. If you aren't quite sure what the definition of inactivity even is, don't worry - we start with definitions and work our way from there.
11 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
Slick Talk - Episode 41: Who is Oscar Huff?
Today's episode title is a burning question on the minds of many Blackstone customers. Today, Blackstone Joe unveils the identity of the mysterious Oscar, along with some fun facts and a breakdown of our example report.
16 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Slick Talk - Episode 40: What's making that sound?
Hearing things? Cars love to talk, and what they tell us can have a simple explanation, but not always. Join our host, Blackstone Joe, as he sorts out different noises (e.g. tick, knock, rattle), what they can mean, and how a used oil analysis can tell you more about what's making that sound.
44 minutes | May 24, 2021
Slick Talk - Episode 39: Different Eyes, Same Prize
This episode is a collaboration between Joe Adams (senior analyst, podcast host) and Michael Thomas, a senior lubricant technical agent with Shell Lubricants, based out of the Shell Technical Center in Houston, TX.Michael has been involved in the automotive industry for 40+ years, with experience that ranges from hands-on (building up his '69 Camaro, for instance), to scholarship (earning a degree in automotive technology), and working as an automotive technical adviser (starting in the '80s with Jiffy Lube, and from there joining Shell's Technical Center.Joe and Michael's paths happened to cross recently and upon a brief conversation both of them found out they're tasked with answering many of the same questions, such as how long you should go between oil changes, what oil you should be running, additives, and so on.While different in approach and experience, Joe and Michael have the same goal in mind, and that is helping folks take care of the engine they love. Listen as they discuss what they've learned over the years, how they approach the tough questions, and so much more.
17 minutes | May 10, 2021
Slick Talk - Episode 38: Art of the Pre-Buy
Sampling before you buy any car, truck, aircraft, boat, really anything that needs oil to do its job. If you've been following us for a while, you probably assumed as much but there is still a lot to learn when it comes to background info, what to expect in samples that have little/a lot of use, the list goes on. Listen as Blackstone Joe gives the breakdown on a pre-buy sample and how to get the most out of one.Bonus points: update on an upcoming podcast collaboration, and customer appreciation.
13 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
Slick Talk - Episode 37: Looks can be deceiving
In this episode, Blackstone Joe tackles a few different topics, with the main event being the color of used oil, and how the visual appearance can/can't tell us about what's going on with your engine. Bonus points: imposter syndrome and what to do with it, and a preview about a big episode we have coming up.
18 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
Slick Talk - Episode 36: What's in a name?
For this episode's main event, we're covering Unit IDs and not just what they're for, but what you should be thinking about when choosing the name for what it was you sampled.Key points: Literal is good, nicknames are fun (within reason), and the importance of consistency.Catch pan segment: What are the pros and cons of using high mileage oil?
19 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
Slick Talk: Episode 35: No filter change needed?
For a lot of folks, changing the oil filter with every drain is standard practice. Some manufacturers, though will recommend changing the filter every *other* oil change. Blackstone Joe tackles the question "is this normal?" and how you can use a standard oil analysis to learn if the filter can/should stay in use.
31 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
Slick Talk - Episode 34: All About Additives
It started with a simple enough question: "What do you mean by saying most additives don't "show up?" The answer isn't so simple, though. To detail additives, how they do/don't show up in testing, and benefits of using them, Blackstone Joe sat down with fellow report writer, Ben. Enjoy!
19 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
Slick Talk - Episode 33: Putting pen to paper
Paperwork is the enemy of many, but when it comes to the slip we put in every free test kit, that's not the enemy; it's your best friend.On the slip we don't just ask about the engine or oil you're sampling -- we want to know if there are any issues you're either aware of, or have reason to suspect. Reason being, there is a big difference between saying "You have a problem that you should fix soon" and "Hey, here is the coolant you're already aware of -- here is how the engine is doing in spite of that," or "here are other issues that warrant your attention." Blackstone Joe illustrates the importance of filling out a slip with a recent story from a 6.0L PSD.Bonus point: What testing do I need if I'm worried about a coolant leak?
18 minutes | Feb 15, 2021
Episode 32: Can You Analyze That?
A tale as old as time, or at least the times of oil analysis: Can you look at these results? Well, if they're from Blackstone Laboratories, the answer is always a resounding yes. So often, though, folks might ask if we can look at results from another lab. Blackstone Joe is here to break down why analyzing results from another lab is problematic, why folks want to switch to Blackstone in the first place, and the obvious exceptions to the rule.
18 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
Slick Talk - Episode 31: 6.0L/7.3L Special
Blackstone Joe talks diesels, coffee, and a fable from the rig. What more do you need to know?
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