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A Historical Reference Guide To The Oil Filter

As long as automakers keep putting internal combustion engines into cars, oil filters will always be necessary. As a car owner, it pays to know a thing or two about oil filters. We’ll talk about the history of oil filters, and how oil filters evolved over time. When Were Oil Filters Invented? Oil filters were…

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Will Oil Filters Catch Metal Shavings?

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Sometimes metal shavings end up in the motor oil. When that happens, the engine can get damaged, sometimes beyond repair. That’s why it’s very important to keep metal shavings out of the motor oil. Oil filters exist to filter dirt and debris out of the motor oil. Does that include metal shavings? Not always. An…

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Why Every Oil Filter Should Have Magnets

Magnets in oil filters can be a foreign concept to many. You may think that it doesn’t make sense. Why would there even need to be magnets inside an oil filter? If you ask a lot of shop technicians, they’ll tell you that it’s actually a brilliant idea. Magnets help prolong the life of the…

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10 Scary Examples Of Clogged Oil Filters

Have you ever wondered what a really clogged oil filter looks like? Luckily, you don’t have to skip a few oil changes to find out. There are some pictures floating around the web that show how bad an oil filter can get. We rounded up 10 of these photos for your viewing pleasure… or horror:…

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How Clean Oil Leads To Better Engine Performance

There’s a reason you’re supposed to change your oil every 3K-7K miles. It’s a simple reason, actually. Clean oil helps the engine perform better, and it helps the engine last longer. In other words, dirty oil is your engine’s worst enemy. Why Your Engine Needs Clean Oil The engine has a lot of moving parts…

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How Clean Oil Leads To Better Fuel Economy

Here’s a fun fact: dirty motor oil can reduce your vehicle’s fuel economy. How, though? One word: viscosity. What Is Viscosity? In basic terms, viscosity is a fluid’s resistance to flow. Motor oil with high viscosity is thick and can’t flow that well. Motor oil with low viscosity is thin and flows very well. Water,…

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Lifetime Oil Filters And Your Factory Warranty

Worried that a lifetime oil filter might void your factory warranty? Rest assured that – as far as the factory is concerned – it’s completely acceptable to use a lifetime oil filter. As long as you maintain records of every oil change, you won’t have to worry about your factory engine warranty. In this post,…

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How Many Filters Does Each Type of Vehicle Use?

Have you ever wondered how many oil filters a vehicle uses over its lifespan? We’ve wondered about this too. So, we rolled up our sleeves, did lots of research, and then crunched numbers. It turns out the answer depends on what kind of vehicle we’re talking about. Some vehicles use more oil filters than others.…

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How To Determine If You Can Extend Your Engine Oil Drain Interval

Sometimes you’ll change your oil at regular intervals, only to see that the oil still looks like it’s in good shape. If you’re in this situation, you may be wondering if you can extend your engine oil drain interval. The good news is that in some situations, you can. We’ll walk through how to figure…

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A Guide To API Ratings For Motor Oil

There are so many different motor oil brands on the market. How do we know which brands are the right ones to put into our engines? Just look for the seal of approval with the API rating. API stands for the American Petroleum Institute. The organization evaluates every blend of motor oil. It assigns an…

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