To keep operating at full efficiency, your vehicle's engine depends on clean motor oil running through it and lubricating the various moving parts. The problem is that even the freshest motor oil still contains impurities left over from the refining process. That's why your vehicle came from the factory with an oil filter already in place.
How Your Oil Filter Protects Your Engine
The filter gathers the contaminants from the motor oil before it makes its way to your engine. It also removes any pollutants that the oil collects on its route through the engine. Eventually, though, even the best oil filter can get clogged up or too degraded to be effective.
How to Identify a Failing Oil Filter
If you notice any of the following signs, check your oil filter's condition:
- Your engine starts sputtering
- You hear metallic noises coming from the engine
- You spot dirty smoke coming from the exhaust
- Your oil pressure dash warning light comes on
It's best to have a routine schedule when it comes to replacing your oil filter, in order to avoid these problems. You don't have to change yours every time you change your engine oil; instead, every other oil change should do. You will want to make sure that you choose the right filter for your vehicle, though. Only genuine OEM oil filters are guaranteed to be compatible with your model and its engine. That ensures the proper gasket seal that you want. Find your new oil filter by searching our online auto parts catalog by model and year. We have a great selection in stock and ready to ship right out. Buy now and save!
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