How Your Oil Filter Works
Even fresh motor oil still contains impurities that made it through the refining process. How your oil filter removes them is simple. The oil pump pushes oil into the filter's fibers, which catch the pollutants and permit clean oil to continue on to your engine in order to lubricate the moving parts.
How to Spot a Failing Oil Filter
Your oil filter doesn't last forever, though. Eventually it's going to get too clogged up with pollutants to effectively protect your engine. That's not good. Signs of this include:
- The oil pressure dash light engages
- Your engine begins sputtering
- Your engine performance suffers
- There's dark smoke coming from the exhaust
- You notice metallic noises coming from the engine
Genuine OEM Oil Filters Are Your Best Option
Absent these symptoms, it's a good idea to check your owner's manual to learn your recommended maintenance schedule. Generally, you only need to replace your oil filter every other time you change your oil. You do want to use the right one for your model and its engine, though. That's because the wrong oil filter may not form a complete seal, which can lead to leaks or even complete detachment. Your manufacturer makes their oil filters specifically to work with your vehicle, and our online auto parts department has plenty in stock. Buy now and we'll ship your order straight to your home!
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