How do engine oil filters work?

The oil filter is an important part of our vehicle’s lubrication system, and because of that, we need to make sure that it works properly, or it can cause various problems in the functioning of the vehicle. It works to trap contaminants and prevent them from entering the engine, and for those who are not familiar with how it all works, contaminants can cause big issues once they enter the engine. The oil itself can’t catch all these particles, so it is a filter’s job to help keep small pieces such as dust, dirt, and metal shavings out of the moving parts in our car.

If you’ve ever wondered about engine oil filters, then this blog post is for you! DavesOilChange is going to answer all the questions that have been commonly asked by our customers and help them understand better how it all works.

What are the benefits of using them?


There are a number of benefits offered by engine oil filters, including extended life for engines, protection against wear during driving conditions that include high temperatures or extreme pressures, increased fuel economy due to minimal friction losses caused by debris clogging up other components within a motor and lower emissions levels since filtered air travels through the combustion chambers with less resistance thaniltered air. It might look a little complicated, but there is an easy way to remember the benefits of using an engine oil filter is F.I.L.T.E.R.:

-Filtration: Filters out contaminants, preventing them from entering the engine and causing damage

-Increased Lubrication: Keeps all components well lubricated for a longer lifespan

-Thermal Stability: Prevents oil breakdown at high temperatures

-Extended Oil Drain Intervals: Allows you to go longer between oil changes

-Reduced Wear & Tear: Engine runs more smoothly with less friction when particles are removed by the filter

Are they necessary?

That depends on our driving habits and how often we have our car serviced. If you’re someone who drives in very dusty or dirty conditions, or your car is frequently used for towing or hauling, then it’s a good idea to install an engine oil filter to protect the vehicle from pollutants. For the average driver, however, they are not necessary but still offer benefits, and they should consider installing them since they can be pretty useful. Besides that, regular servicing is a must in both cases, and we need to make sure never to skip the next appointment.

How often should they be replaced?


The frequency with which we need to replace our engine oil filter depends on the make and model of our vehicle and the type of filter installed. Usually, though, they should be replaced every time we have your oil changed, and if we follow this rule, there will not be any problem with their functioning. You can check your owner’s manual or contact your mechanic if you’re unsure about when to replace yours. The information about every change is usually kept in the service book, so both the owner and the mechanic can have insight into it and know when it is time for the next one. Most of that information is kept in a digital form, so there is no need to worry about losing a service book.

Can I clean oil filter with brake cleaner?

It is not recommended to clean an engine oil filter with brake cleaner or any other type of solvent, no matter how mild they claim to be. That could damage it and compromise its ability to do its job properly, and we will need a new one sooner than we expected. Instead, you can try blowing it out with compressed air or using a degreaser since it could be effective and not damage the filter. If it’s really dirty, you may be able to soak it in a mild detergent solution before rinsing and allowing it to dry completely. It is pretty important to let it completely dry before putting it in its place because the wet one cannot work as it should, and it can do more harm than good. Just be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully for the best results, and for people who are not sure what to do, the best option is always to contact the professional.

Can oil filter be reused?


It is not recommended to reuse an engine oil filter because this could cause damage to it and reduce its ability to do its job properly. Instead, always replace your oil filter with a new one when having your oil changed. No matter how good it might look, reusing it is never a good option because when it does not work properly, it can cause serious damage to an engine that will require a lot of time and money to be fixed. Buying a new one and replacing it is a much better and a much cheaper option, and what is most important, a much safer option for the vehicle.

Which oil filter for my car?

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this question because there are many various types, and there is no universal filter that can fit every vehicle. You’ll need to consult the vehicle’s owner’s manual or contact a mechanic to find out which type of it is best for your car. There are many different types and brands of oil filters available, so there’s sure to be one that will fit your vehicle. It is not something that you should do alone, and contacting the professional is always the best idea because they will know exactly which model is the best and how to install it properly. Sometimes two of them that look completely the same can have different characteristics, and only the professional will be able to see which of them is a better fit.

To summarize

Now you know everything you need to about engine oil filters! We have tried to explain all the important things in a simple way and help you learn the basics. Be sure to keep this information in mind the next time you go for an oil change and use them. Do the changes regularly, and never reuse the old filter because it can cause a lot of problems in the vehicle’s functioning. One of the best options is always to contact a professional and avoid doing anything on your own because it can do more harm than good, while, on the other hand, professionals will know what and when to do it. Thanks for reading, and we hope that it was helpful.