Common Oil Filter Failures
Oil filters play a crucial role in maintaining engine health. When they fail, the consequences can range from decreased engine performance to severe engine damage. Understanding the common reasons behind oil filter failures is essential for every vehicle owner.
The Filter is Installed Too Loose or Crossed Threads
An incorrectly installed filter is a leading cause of oil leaks. If a spin-on is loose, oil can escape, and if a cartridge filter housing threads are crossed during installation, it can damage the filter housing leading to an oil link and costly repair of the housing.
If you're not sure how to install an oil filter, it's best to work with a professional mechanic to avoid oil filter failure.
The New Filter Gasket Isn't Seated Properly
A filter's gasket ensures a tight seal between the filter and the engine. If the filter is not installed properly and the gasket is not seated properly, it can result in oil leaks. Make sure the gasket is in place and free from damage when installing a new filter.
To reduce the risk of oil filter failures, FRAM design oil filters with a Perfect Seal® advanced nitrile gasket, which is more durable and resistant to extreme temperatures.
Double Gasket Danger
A common mistake when changing the oil filter is to leave the old filter gasket on the engine. When removing the old filter, it is good practice to check that the gasket has come off with the filter. If not, when the new filter is installed, a "double gasket" situation may occur. Using two gaskets will create sealing problems down the road.
Clogged Filter Media
Over time, the filter media can become clogged with contaminants. A clogged filter can restrict oil flow, or it will allow unfiltered oil to flow through the system. This can lead to additional engine wear and potential damage in the future.
Overdue Oil Changes
Regular oil changes are vital not only for maintaining the quality of the oil but also for the filter. Overdue oil changes can lead to the accumulation of contaminants, increasing the load on the filter and hastening its failure. Regular maintenance ensures optimal engine performance and extends the life of both the oil and the filter.
Consequences of Neglected Oil Filter Maintenance
An oil filter overdue for change can lead to contaminants entering the engine oil, which affects the lubricating properties of the oil. An engine that is not properly lubricated can experience frictional wear and damage to its components and in extreme cases can lead to engine failure. Regular maintenance and awareness can significantly reduce the likelihood of such issues.
How often you need to change the oil filter depends on multiple factors such as the vehicle make and model, the quality of the motor oil, driving conditions, and the age of the engine. It is best to follow the vehicle's manual for specific guidelines on oil filter replacement intervals, as it provides tailored recommendations based on your particular make and model.
Avoid Common Oil Filter Failures by Choosing FRAM
With FRAM, you can enjoy a reduced risk of experiencing these common oil filter problems. FRAM builds oil filters with features like advanced nitrile gasket, which is resistant to extreme temperatures and ensures a tight seal. Additionally, the precision coil spring and glass-fiber-reinforced nylon poppet in the bypass valve ensure consistent performance and superior durability, reducing the risk of over-pressurization. Moreover, most FRAM filters are designed for easy installation, minimizing the chance of failures due to improper installation.
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