121 episodes

Every oil has a story, especially oil that comes from engines, transmissions, and industrial machinery. Blackstone Laboratories tests it all, and in Slick Talk, Blackstone Joe brings you an exclusive look behind the curtain of the oil analysis industry.

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    • Leisure
    • 4.9 • 89 Ratings

Every oil has a story, especially oil that comes from engines, transmissions, and industrial machinery. Blackstone Laboratories tests it all, and in Slick Talk, Blackstone Joe brings you an exclusive look behind the curtain of the oil analysis industry.

    121: Shifts in the Data

    121: Shifts in the Data

    It's common to see some variation from one sample to the next. But when is this fluctuation concerning, and when is it actually normal?

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    Host: Joe Adams

    Producer: Arryn Dennard

    • 15 min
    120: Forum Fictions

    120: Forum Fictions

    There are a lot of forums out there dedicated to engines and oils, and sometimes our name gets pulled into the discussion. Blackstone Joe is here to set the record straight.

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    Host: Joe Adams

    Producer: Arryn Dennard

    • 17 min
    119: TBNs & TANs Revisited feat. Suzi Herman

    119: TBNs & TANs Revisited feat. Suzi Herman

    Senior Analyst Suzi Herman is back, with a follow-up to her popular "TBN/TAN: Do You Need One?" newsletter. She had a simple question: how does heat affect the TBN/TAN of an oil? The answer wasn’t quite what she or Blackstone Joe expected.

    ⁠Read Part 1 of Suzi’s TBN/TAN Newsletter here.⁠

    ⁠Out now! Read Part 2 of Suzi’s TBN/TAN Newsletter here.⁠

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    Host: Joe Adams

    Guest: Suzi Herman

    Producer: Arryn Dennard

    • 22 min
    118: Ghosts of Problems Past

    118: Ghosts of Problems Past

    What does Matthew McConaughey have in common with your engine? As it turns out, a lot.



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    Host: Joe Adams

    Producer: Arryn Dennard

    • 12 min
    117: The Twenty-Thousand Mile Oil Change

    117: The Twenty-Thousand Mile Oil Change

    Is synthetic oil still good after twenty thousand miles? Is sludge an issue? A listener had these questions and more about Volkswagen and Audi engines. Blackstone Joe provides some answers.



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    Host: Joe Adams

    Producer: Arryn Dennard

    • 26 min
    116: The More You Know

    116: The More You Know

    Knowledge is power, and that’s as true in oil analysis as anywhere. The more information you send in with your sample, the better our analysis will be. A seasoned analyst may be able to arrive at certain conclusions even with little to no context, but as Blackstone Joe attests, the devil is in the details.



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    Host: Joe Adams

    Producer: Arryn Dennard

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
89 Ratings

89 Ratings

tock172 ,

Educational and Entertaining

I’ve been using Blackstone for oil analyses for over 10 years, but only started listening to the podcast last year. I learn something new every episode! Often times, questions I didn’t even know I had are answered in the various discussions. Good stuff!

One Adam Twelve ,

Great for nerds and newbs alike

I’m an automotive nerd who always likes learning about new aspects of the hobby. Joe explains things in an easy to understand way and somehow, things don’t really become repetitive episode after episode. If you’re curious about used oil analysis or just looking to explore a new alley of the automotive hobby, it’s worth checking out.

Crazy Dave The Taco King ,

Blackstone Joe makes learning awesome!

I’ve binged through the first 50 episodes while driving 125-350 miles a day for work and I am hooked. I actually had known about Blackstone Labs for years thanks to forums and YouTube but I had never really thought about sending my own oil to be analyzed. I always thought “ah, that’s for souped up stuff that gets ran hard and I don’t need that for my daily driver” until I bought my own 263,xxx mile diesel truck a few months back, and it had the oil I bought the truck with. I was wondering how this truck was wearing so I requested a sample bottle and it came with this nice little sticker about Slick Talk. So I looked up the podcast and started listening to it and was hooked from the get-go! I’ve learned a lot about oil, good music to check out, and have gotten to know a great group of people at Blackstone thanks to this amazing podcast. Keep on keeping on Blackstone Joe! I’ll close out with a quote from one of my favorite musicians that proved to be correct after listening to Slick Talk: “Motor oil is motor oil, just keep the engine clean!” ~ Sturgill Simpson - “Keep it Between the Lines”

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