You’ve already determined the type of oil that’s best for your vehicle, and the proper interval at which it should be changed. Congratulations – you’re taking care of your car want to help it run safely for as long as possible. But do you know what type of oil filter is best for your car? Not to be confused with your vehicle’s air filter, your oil filter is very important. What does an oil filter do? We’re glad you asked.
What Does an Oil Filter Do?
- Catches contaminants like dirt, soot, varnish and sludge (although your oil suspends other contaminants like fuel, water and combustion acids).
- Increases engine performance
- Helps keep your oil cleaner for longer
- Reduces resistance to oil flow
Oil filters are crucial and 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 and are relatively easy to replace. Be sure to check your vehicle manufacturer’s standards for the correct size for your vehicle. Don’t forget, you can always schedule an appointment at your local Sears Auto Center and ask one of our expert technicians about the correct oil filter for your vehicle.
Check out the infographic below to learn more about how oil filters work.