Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Waaaaay back in trade school ('71) we took A/C, Fram, Purolotor, and Autolite(before Motorcraft) oil filters and using an exhaust tubing cutter, we removed the cans off the filters.
By far, the Fram fiters were, for lack of a better word, the CHEESIEST filters of the bunch. Cardboard end caps, with a length of "kite string" wrapped around the pleated filter area. The rest looked great by comparison.
Right then and there I decided from that point on it would be nothing but oem filters for me.
Maybe Fram is better now, no need for me to find out either way. I'm well-stocked with manufacturer's oil filters for the vehicles in my household.
"Yeah, but with a K&N they have this little "Hex Thingy" on the end of the filter--you can take it off with a wrench!!!"
Weird...I have these things called "oil filter cup wrenches" that I can use ratchets and extensions on, in addition to all my other universal oil filter wrenches I've accumulated through the years.
Works for me.
In the cars, it was always a sh*t-show when a customer's car came in on a tow hook with a blown or missing oil filter and a seized engine, the oil filter either installed by a quick-lube shop or the customer himself. 1st thing they say is.."My car is under warranty!" Not so fast, Hoss! Then the game began between the quick-lube shop, our dealership, and the customer. Yes, some were installation issues( left loose, or not removing a stuck-on gasket from the previous filter), and some were just poor quality filters.
Last edited by MAZ4ME; 03-16-2019 at 04:57 PM.