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Do Old Oil Filters Expire?

Do you have an old oil filter lying around your garage? Are you wondering if you can still use it? Or are you just curious about whether old oil filters expire? We have the answer you’re looking for.

Oil filters don’t expire. However, they do break down over time.

To Be Safe, Throw Away Your Old Oil Filter

Paper filter

If you’re not sure if your old oil filter is still OK to use, play it safe and toss it out. We have two good reasons:

  1. The paper filter media inside most oil filters can deteriorate while exposed to oxygen. It’s very much like newspapers, which start to break down after just a few months of exposure to air. When that happens, the filter media may become too porous to filter the oil. Also, if the filter media sheds fibers, the fiber can actually clog up the filter.
  2. The rubber seals and gaskets can dry out over time. When that happens, they’ll seep oil.

A leaky and/or clogged up oil filter is bad news, for a couple of reasons:

  • A leaky oil filter deprives the engine of oil, and makes a mess in the engine bay. If it’s bad enough, the leaking oil can become a fire hazard.
  • A clogged up oil filter will send dirty oil to the engine via the bypass valve. That really accelerates wear in the engine.

Want An Oil Filter That Doesn’t Go Bad?

Lifetime filters

There’s such a thing as an oil filter that never goes bad! It’s called a reusable oil filter. If you buy a high quality reusable oil filter (such as PowerPower! lifetime oil filters), you don’t have to worry about anything degrading over time.

PowerPower! oil filters won’t ever degrade because:

  • PurePower! oil filters use a stainless steel mesh filter that will never corrode
  • PurePower! oil filters feature Viton(R) seals that are designed to last

A PurePower! oil filter will outlast your engine, and it’ll still be good as new! It’ll save you a lot of cash in the long run, especially if you have a Power Stroke diesel.

See all the specs of PurePower! oil filters here. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.