When to change your oil filter

by Andrew Automoto21. November 2013 10:33

An oil filter is a standard fixture in any engine. The oil filter is a filter that the oil in the engine runs through before lubricating the moving parts. The oil filter is there to catch any loose particles that may be caught up in the oil, so they do not damage the engine. The oil filter also has a secondary purpose. The oil filter traps a small amount of oil when the engine is turned off and keeps it in a drain back valve. It does this so that when the vehicle is turned on again it can circulate the small amount of oil quickly around the engine lubricating it,  while you wait for the rest of the oil to heat up and start circulating.

Because the oil filter like your car’s oil is constantly working and keeping your engine clean it needs to be changed at the same time as your oil. This will prevent the oil filter from clogging and oil not being able to get to your engine. Oil filters are one of the cheaper parts in your vehicle to buy but they can save you a lot of money in the long run.  

There are a number of different brands of oil filters in Australia, most can be purchased from your local Auto parts stores or dealership parts stores.

Here are some of the brands of Oil filters in Australia.

  •       Ryco Filters        
  •          K & N High Performance
  •          Fram
  •          Amsoil
  •          ACDelco
  •          Pennzoil
  •          Purolator
  •          PurePower
  •          Wix Filters
  •          Moroso
  •          CM Filters
  •          Baldwin Filters
  •          Frantz
  •          Hasting Filters
  •          Oil Guard
  •          Fleetguard
  •          Sakura
  •          Flow Ezy Filters

To find out how to change your oil filter see – How to change your oil.

Or alternatively visit www.carservice.com.au to find your closest authorised service centre or dealership.


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