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Posts Tagged: oil filter

Change oil

When to change oil When to change oil in your car or truck isn’t as complicated as you think. In fact, it’s all right there in your owner’s manual maintenance guide. Those aren’t just lofty suggestions; the car makers really mean what they say. Forget about the advice you get from self proclaimed Internet “experts.” There’s no universal answer on oil change intervals. When to change oil is dependent on the year, make, model, engine, and your particular driving habits. If you’d like to know more about oil click on … Read More

Oil Filter Rip Off

Don’t get ripped off on an oil change Most new car manufacturers recommend synthetic oil and a new oil filter when it’s time to change your oil. That’s good advice. Synthetic oil increases oil flow on cold starts, reduces engine wear, and actually improves gas mileage (less friction means less wasted gas). The other big advantage to synthetic oil can increase the intervals between changes. Yes, it really does last longer. But in my recent survey of oil change facilities (conducted by phone to chain and independent shops) I discovered … Read More

Oil filter quality comparison studies

Is Fram really a bad oil filter? The online oil filter studies say that, but don’t believe everything you read UPDATE: As you read this rebuttal to the oil filter study, keep in mind that Fram was sold to Honeywell and then sold again to UCI-FRAM AutoBrands. UCI also owns Champ Labs, another maker of oil filters. Since this “study” was done Purolator has also been sold to MANN+HUMMEL Purolator Filters LLC. So the findings and recommendations are totally out of date. Also keep in mind that the number of … Read More

Best Oil filter

Who makes the best oil filter? Best oil filter brand and type If you’re here it’s because you’re looking for help in buying the best oil filter. Maybe you’ve already looked at a few oil filter reviews and “tear-down studies” already. But if you put any stock on those supposed studies, I’ve got some swampland in Florida I’d like to sell you. None of those “studies” are worth the paper or pixels they’re written on. They’re not at all scientific and the stats they measure are irrelevant—the number of pleats … Read More


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