Once you’ve determined the best type of oil for your vehicle, and the intervals at which it should be changed, you’ve almost arrived at excellent car care. There’s just one more step: your oil filter. Not to be confused with your vehicle’s air filter, your oil filter catches contaminants like dirt, soot, varnish and sludge (although your oil suspends other contaminants like fuel, water and combustion acids). Your oil filter increases engine performance, helps keep your oil cleaner for longer, and reduces resistance to oil flow.
Such a crucial part as this shouldn’t be neglected, but many people don’t know or aren’t willing to replace their oil filters as often as necessary. Your oil filter should be changed every time you change your oil. When your oil is changed but your filter is not, some of the contaminated fluid is left behind in the filter. This means that when the new, clean fluid flows through the filter, it is instantly contaminated with dirt and particles left in the filter. Filters come in different sizes but are relatively easy to replace yourself. Be sure to check your vehicle manufacturer’s standards for the correct size for your vehicle. Bring your vehicle to your local Sears Auto Center and ask one of our expert technicians about the correct oil filter for your vehicle.