Oil Filters are located on the side of the engine block, which is the lower, larger part of the engine. An oil pump circulates the oil through the engine. Every time the engine oil circulates, it passes through the filter, which protects the engine by catching any large particles in the oil that might damage the engine if allowed to circulate freely.
Oil Filters serve a dual purpose, as it also protects the engine by retaining a small amount of oil when the car is turned off. The part that makes this retention possible is called the anti-drainback valve. While the engine is at rest, the oil drains into the bottom of the engine, leaving the moving parts at the top of the engine without proper lubrication when the car is started again. However, the small amount of oil remaining in the filter will circulate quickly into the top of the engine during the first couple of seconds after the car is started, restoring proper lubrication as soon as possible.
There are many different kinds of oil filters available. The standard version is usually sufficient, assuming it will be replaced within 3,000 miles.
When to get an oil filter change depends on the condition of your vehicle and driving habits. Since a portion of the engine’s oil remains in the filter when the oil is drained, you should change the oil filter at the same time as the oil. The manuals for vehicles will recommend one change interval for “normal” conditions and a different interval for “severe” conditions.
Using the right kind of oil can help increase the life of your oil filter. When you get an oil change, make sure you are using the oil recommended both for your vehicle’s engine and the mileage on the car. This will reduce the stress on the filter, and can help you lessen the number of replacements needed every year.
What Oil Filter to choose?
There are different types of oil filters that correspond to engines of different sizes. Similarly, different manufacturers have uniquely sized oil filters in some cases as well. Be sure that you purchase the right size of filter for your particular vehicle. This will ensure that you end up with properly filtered oil.
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