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OIL FILTERS EXPLAINED AT ENGINE FINDER
In modern cars, the oil filter is an important part of the lubrication system, which is crucial for the uninterrupted operation of the engine. This system allows engine oil to flow through components to reduce friction and wear. The oil filter keeps your vehicle’s oil free of debris, such as metal filings and other contaminants, that can damage your engine components. For this reason, regular checks on the functionality of your oil filter are among the most critical maintenance jobs on any vehicle.
As a general rule, gasoline engines require an oil filter replacement every 10,000 km while diesel engines require a replacement every 15,000 km. However, this may vary depending on the make and model of the vehicle. The ease with which you can replace the filter also depends on your vehicle, and you should consult the manufacturer’s manual to identify its location and replacement instructions. Be aware that carelessness when changing your oil filter can cause irreparable damage to your engine.
TYPES OF OIL FILTER
Oil filters are generally divided into two categories: rotating units or a cartridge and permanent housing system. The first automobile oil filters were based on the cartridge system, but these were replaced in the 1950s. The rotating units helped make filter changes more convenient and less complicated for the user. However, in an effort to reduce waste, European and Asian manufacturers began to return to the cartridge system in the 1990s, with American manufacturers implementing the technology soon after. This means that it is important to check the type of oil filters used in your vehicle to ensure the correct fit.