Oil Filters – Which One and Why They Are Different

The purpose of an oil filter is to collect contamination and wear debris circulating through the oil system. That’s nice, but why are there four different grades and prices of oil filters for my light truck or car?

As in most everything automotive, “you get what you pay for.” The same is true in oil filters; however, there is more. The inexpensive filter is just that; the oil is not filtered well and does not hold together as long – again, “the price” is the dominating factor.

The next step oil filter will go the distance, remove contaminants like the original equipment (or better), and go to the oil change service mileage suggested by the manufacturer.

As of late, some manufacturers are recommending a “ten thousand mile oil service.” To accomplish this feat, they require full synthetic oil, and the oil filter must go the extra distance with better filtration. (The smaller the Micron Filtration measurement, the better) The price shows the additional cost of constructing these quality filters.

Number four: is a filter Amsoil has designed to go fifteen or twenty-five thousand miles (depending on application). To go along with a much longer oil service, Corny’s will install Amsoil Signature Series Full Synthetic Motor Oil. This fully synthetic oil and filter setup is for the distance driver — for example, someone who drives one-hundred eighty miles in one day. Again the price increases for both filter and oil, but the extended service interval and downtime easily make up for the added cost.


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