You know about the importance of changing your motor oil at regular intervals, but don't forget about the oil filter! The element in the oil filter traps the carbon, metal shavings and other contaminants that are the byproducts of combustion, in sizes down to a couple of microns (smaller than a human hair). Our oil filters have a vast array of features depending on the brand, including 100% textured grip, synthetic fibers and extended haul performance for long-haul vehicles.
How do I choose the right oil filter?
While the engine will have only one type of oil filter, you may have a choice between brands or models that will also fit your vehicle. When choosing an oil filter, go for whichever matches your driving style. Eco models may be for efficiency in stop-and-go traffic while performance models will be for vehicles driven with enthusiasm. Though, any oil filter that fits will work.
Are there other filters in the car other than an oil filter?
Yes! The engine uses several, including the oil filter, the air filter and a fuel filter. Each of these serves an important function: cleaning contaminants out of the mixture, be it oil, air or fuel. To ensure you get the right one, add your vehicle online to use the oil filter lookup tool or head into your nearest Advance Auto Parts store to talk with a knowledgeable sales representative.
When should I change my oil filter?
You should change your oil filter with every oil change. Manufacturers provide these oil change intervals in the owner's manual, and oil manufacturers themselves might also give timelines for changing the oil. The will depend on what kind of oil you're putting through the engine, but the average is between 5,000 miles/6 months for conventional and 10,000 miles -12 months for synthetic. Changing the oil filter at each oil change is critical in preventing contaminants from geting into the new oil and ruining the engine.
There are several types of oil filters that modern vehicles use. Check your owner's manual or the Advance Auto Parts website to see which oil filter your vehicle needs. Be sure to enter your vehicle information to see the correct fit.
Will the vehicle have to be jacked up to change the oil filter?
Shorter vehicles may need to be jacked up for a drain pan to fit underneath. Here's the Advance Auto Parts Guide for How to Safely Use Car Jack Stands.
If I need to change my engine oil each time I change my oil filter, how do I change my oil?
Read How to Change Your Engine Oil.