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Oil Filter

Your Oil Filter: Why It’s Important

Most drivers know the importance of having the oil changed.  But how often do you think about the oil filter?  It might not look like much more than a tin can.  But it plays an essential role in the efficiency of your vehicle.

Purpose of an Oil Filter

The filter removes and prevents contaminants from entering your engine.  Failing to change it will ultimately damage the engine.  Beyond protecting the engine, the filter helps manage oil flow.  When it is saturated with particulate or debris, it becomes ineffective.  If you change your own oil, don’t disregard the need to change the filter.  This “extra” step of replacing the filter is a standard part of an oil change at any garage.

FiltrationBenefits of Changing the Filter

  • Better fuel efficiency – Because the filter helps keep the oil clean, the engine will be better and smoother.  This means better gas mileage.
  • Consistent oil flow– Cleaner oil means it moves better and minimizes friction between engine components.
  • Less clogging –The filter removes the impurities. This keeps the engine cleaner and free of sludge or clogged passages.
  • Fewer repairs – In an old or clogged filter, contaminants will build up in your engine.  This causes more friction and heat to engine parts and even results in total engine failure.

Types of Filters

  • Standard Filters – These use cellulose or synthetic media to keep the contaminants out.  They are perfect for traditional engines with regular oil changes.
  • Synthetic Filters – These are high-efficiency filters and give you optimum performance.  They are perfect for driving in harsh conditions, off-roading, and stop-and-go traffic.
  • Extended Life Filters – These don’t need to be changed often because they have advanced filtration capacity.
  • Specialty Filters – Filters made for racing engines, heavy-duty trucks, motorcycles, or classic vehicles.

Tips for Buying

1. Capacity –Yes, size matters. You want an oil filter that will block as much debris as possible.  Typically, the largest oil filters are designed for diesel engines as these vehicles produce more soot.
2. Capture Efficiency – The standard oil filter can block 95% of particles larger than 40 microns. A premium or synthetic filter will block 95% or higher but at 10 microns. This means opting for the premium filter will be far more efficient and allow your engine to work better.
3. Design and Construction – Look for a filter that has:

      • Strong, crack-resistant canister
      • A bypass valve
      • Filtration media with tightly sealed seams
      • A non-drain-back valve that doesn’t break under pressure or cold-temperature oil leaks.

Shopping for the perfect oil filter for your vehicle isn’t complicated.  Just visit AMSOIL dealer, The House of Syn.  They have several AMSOIL filters to choose from, so you are sure to find one that is perfect for your needs.