The Importance Of Oil Filters
The importance of oil filters cannot be underestimated. The health and survival of a number of important engine parts are dependent on enough quality oil providing lubrication to them by flowing through the engine. If the oil becomes contaminated in any way, then a number of engine parts are at risk of failing and would therefore require expensive repairs.
Even though ensuring that the oil that is in your vehicles is of good quality, some motorists still don’t have an oil filter fitted. This could be due to them being unaware or just being unwilling to fork out for an extra expense. By fitting a quality oil filter, it would ensure that any oil that is being transferred through the engine is of high quality and maintain the health and effectiveness of the car engine.
FMP Motor Factors have created a guide that explains the importance that oil filters play in the smooth running of a vehicle, as well as providing you with the different oil filter types that are currently available so you can ensure that you have the best possible oil filter for your own vehicle.
The Importance Of Oil Filters
Oil filters play such an important role in ensuring that all oil that is being transferred through the engine is of good quality. If any abrasive particles get into the oil, the engine’s parts can become excessively worn. If particles reach the sump, that will form a grinding paste that can damage bearings and precision parts in the engine.
This all can be prevented however, thanks to the oil filter. The main function of an oil filter is to sift out foreign particles in the oil to maintain the quality of the oil circulating in the lubrication system and in other vital components, such as the turbocharger. All of this will increase the chances of your engine running efficiently for a lot longer and in turn save you having to pay for expensive repairs.
Oil filters also contribute to the efficiency of the vehicle. When an engine stops running, the oil typically drains to the bottom part of the engine. The filter however makes sure that a small amount of the oil stays in place instead of draining down like the rest of the liquid. When the engine is started again, the remaining oil kept by the filter automatically starts lubrication without waiting for the others to rise up. This allows the car to start quickly and efficiently without any chance of damage.
Different Types Of Oil Filters
Oil filter design and efficiency has evolved significantly in recent years. In past years the market was dominated by spin-on, steel-based oil filters. New technologies, such as integrated oil filter modules with cartridges, are now starting to become more commonplace. This new generation of oil filters offer extended service intervals, improved efficiency and additional functions, such as oil cooling and pressure monitoring. They are easy to replace, offer weight savings to aid fuel economy, contain more recyclable materials and leave no oil behind to dispose of.
There are three main types of oil filters that are currently available. The oil filter that will be most suitable for you will depend on what engine it will be used on as each different type of oil filter has slightly different functionality. The three main types of oil filters are:-
- Mechanical Oil Filter – this type of oil filter traps the contaminants and keeps them in a separate cubicle from the oil. Over time, these contaminants will be too much, making it necessary for the owner to change the filter.
- Centrifugal Oil Filter – this type utilizes centrifugal force to separate the contaminant from the oil. A spinning motion is induced and the energy created is what attracts the larger particles away from the liquid. Centrifugal types are typically two sided – one part fiber to filter the particles and another to keep them separated within a small terminal. The fiber can also accumulate dirt overtime, stopping them from rotating in which case, replacement is necessary.
- Magnetic Oil Filter – as the name suggests, an electromagnet is used in here to obtain the particles from the oil. The problem with this design is that if not cleaned on a periodic basis, some of the contaminants might actually pass through. Replacement of the filter is not necessary.
Before purchasing a specific type of oil filter, some research into the best suited oil filter for your specific vehicle would be advisable. This is so that you don’t purchase an oil filter that is suitable to your own requirements and end up wasting money on an oil filter that has little to no benefit to your vehicle.
FMP Motor Factors provide high quality car parts and accessories, such as oil filters, as well as general motoring advice to our customers across all of South Wales including Neath and Port Talbot. At FMP Motor Factors we work with a wide network of garages and car dealers as well as individual car owners to provide the best car parts, as well as offering advice on a wide range of motoring issues.
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