3 Surprising Benefits Of Increased Oil Pressure
PurePower! lifetime oil filters bring many benefits, including increased oil pressure. We’ve had customers report an increase in oil pressure by about 4 or 5 psi. All they did was upgrade to a PurePower! lifetime oil filter. Increasing your oil pressure by upgrading to a lifetime oil filter can be good for your vehicle.
Let’s talk about the surprising benefits of increased oil pressure. But first, let’s discuss the difference between increased oil pressure caused by a lifetime oil filter vs. something else.
Increased Oil Pressure May Be A Bad Sign
If your vehicle’s oil pressure spikes randomly, it can be a bad sign. It may mean that the oil pump is working harder to pump oil into the engine. Increased oil pressure sometimes is a sign of an internal problem within the engine. The pressure regulator valve within the lines will let the pump know that the engine’s not getting enough oil. In this case, the pump has to work harder to ensure that the engine’s getting enough oil. So if you see the oil pressure go up without any action on your part, most likely there’s a problem.
If you upgrade to a lifetime oil filter and the oil pressure goes up, that is a good thing. It means that the lifetime oil filter is sending more clean oil to the engine. This is beneficial in a few ways:
1. Better Engine Lubrication
The more oil your engine gets, the better lubricated it is. But, only if your engine is working with clean oil. If your engine is getting dirty oil, then lubrication doesn’t increase. Lubrication plays a big part in how well an engine functions. The better the lubrication, the longer the engine lasts and the better it performs.
2. More Precise Actuation Of Engine Systems
Some engine systems (such as variable valve timing) are actuated by oil pressure. In these engines, the higher the oil pressure, the better. Let’s use variable valve timing (VVT) as an example. Most of the time, VVT isn’t active when the engine is idling. Instead, the engine is using base-timing setting. Increased oil pressure will activate the VVT. When the oil pressure is high, the actuation becomes quicker and more precise. This makes the engine more efficient.
3. Improved Fuel Economy
When a lifetime oil filter allows more clean oil into the engine, the engine’s fuel economy improves due to:
- Less friction in the engine
- Less strain on the oil pump
Let’s discuss both points in more detail:
Less Friction In The Engine
Here’s a fun fact. On average, an engine uses one third of its fuel to overcome friction. A PurePower! lifetime oil filter helps in two ways:
- The filter does a great job of filtering to provide clean oil to the engine. Dirty oil doesn’t lubricate the engine well. This increases friction inside the engine. When that happens, the engine has to use more of its power to overcome the friction. The harder the engine works, the more fuel it eats up.
- The filter causes less restriction than disposable filters, so the oil pressure in the engine is higher. This means the oil film between moving parts is more consistent, which reduces friction. This is really important at higher rpms.
Less Strain On The Oil Pump
When you have a quality PurePower! lifetime oil filter in your engine, the oil pump doesn’t have to work as hard anymore. A PurePower! lifetime oil filter does an effective job in cleaning the oil and sending clean oil to the engine. This means the engine is getting more clean oil than it would with a disposable oil filter. This gives the oil pump a break.
Did you know that fuel powers the oil pump? So the harder an oil pump works, the more fuel it uses up. This post explains the relationship between the oil pump, engine, and fuel in more detail. In a nutshell, when there’s less strain on the oil pump, it uses less fuel. This in turn boosts your vehicle’s fuel economy.