Premium Oil Filters Keep Oil Clean, Flowing Smoothly Between Oil Changes.

Statistics gathered at a recent National Car Care Month inspection campaign conducted by the Car Care Council show that 30 percent of the vehicles failed because they had low, overfull, or dirty engine oil. ‘Clean’ oil is the life-blood of any engine and changing it and the oil filter frequently is what keeps the vehicle’s engine running smoothly, mile after mile.

Each mechanical system works in concert with the other, like cells, muscles and tissues in the human body. Oil protects, lubricates and cools the mechanical component through which it flows. Using the correct grade oil and premium oil filters at the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended intervals keeps the contaminants out and protects the engine from damage.

Keep oil flowing and the engine humming
The oil lubricates the moving parts of the engine and keeps them working together with minimum friction. The oil filter plays the highly important role of sifting out the harmful dirt or contaminants such as metallic shavings, condensation and even antifreeze, that threaten to enter the oil system. Failure to change the oil and filter routinely often causes increased oil consumption, premature engine wear, major repairs and in extreme cases, engine failure.

“Changing the oil and filter frequently is far cheaper than major repair or replacing the engine,” Kevin O'Dowd, Director of Marketing & Communications at MANN+HUMMEL Purolator Filters, pointed out. Purolator invented the first automotive oil filter in 1923, and is today a leading supplier of oil, air, fuel, cabin, and transmission filters to vehicle manufacturers and the aftermarket.

The Car Care Council advises drivers to follow the guidelines given in their vehicle owner’s manual to select the correct grade of oil and change it as frequently as suggested by the manufacturer (3,000 to 5,000 miles). However, the Council also warns, that if driving is ‘severe,’ such as frequent short trips, driving in stop-and-go traffic, idling for extended periods of time, driving in areas where the air is dusty or dirty, living in a cold region or towing a trailer, it’s better to stick to the tried-and-true three months or 3,000 miles schedule.

Quality oil filter essential for engine protection
When selecting a filter insist on one that can do an excellent job of keeping out the contaminants while at the same time ensuring that ‘clean’ oil flows unrestricted through the system. Top quality, premium oil filters, such as the Purolator PureONE, are especially designed to keep engine oil clean for a longer period of time. Premium oil filters provide ‘premium’ engine protection, enhance engine performance and require fewer oil changes.

Benefits of premium technology
“Modern vehicles have posed new challenges for makers of oil filters. While most traditional filters cannot stand up to the higher temperatures and extended oil change intervals of newer vehicles, top quality, premium oil filters are specifically manufactured with cutting-edge technology meant to filter very well for long periods of driving. Purolator PureONE’s Micronic media technology, for instance, removes 99.9 percent of engine oil impurities at a 20 micron rating on most applications; select applications achieved higher micron rating. Purolator PureONE provides better filtration for the life of the product. And with people driving increasing number of miles each year, top quality long-life filters are the best replacement option for any vehicle.

“This is especially important with today’s smaller, hard-working engines, which are designed and built with tighter tolerances to run lighter weight oil to reduce friction and save fuel,” O'Dowd added.

Micronic media technology key to superior filtration
The design and construction of the media inside the filter determines how well the filter actually functions, O'Dowd said. Purolator PureONE’s Micronic filter media, for instance, is comprised of a special blend of synthetic and natural materials, is significantly larger, and has a thicker filtration area than other filters. This offers added protection while preventing oil restriction. “The larger surface area and Micronic technology helps the filter provide maximum protection for a longer period of time,” O'Dowd added.

Conventional media in some filters uses standard cellulose technology that allows small particles to enter the engine and shorten life. Purolator PureONE oil filter’s exclusive filtration technology, on the other hand, combines natural standard cellulose with synthetic microfibers that strengthen the filtration media and protect the engine from harmful contaminants, prolonging engine life.

Premium filters, such as the Purolator PureONE oil filter, offer significant advantages:

  • Exclusive premium quality Micronic filtration media

  • A silicone anti-drainback valve protects at initial start-up, preventing dirty oil from flowing into the engine. The silicone is resistant to synthetic oils and additives to provide a longer life.

  • Stronger steel base plates and housings

  • Double-locked rolled seam that prevents the canister from leaking

  • When required by the vehicle manufacturer, a bypass valve keeps the oil flowing even if the filter element becomes plugged.

“The bypass valve,” said O'Dowd, “is a safety mechanism designed to keep the engine oil flowing and the engine running, if the oil is somehow blocked within the filter. But the oil and filter change intervals should never be allowed to reach the point that the filter becomes clogged,” he emphasized.

100 percent textured grip control on oil filter
With periodic oil and filter changes more important than ever, filter suppliers are working to make filter changes easier and more foolproof. Purolator, for instance, now offers its top quality PureONE oil filter with a unique 100 percent textured grip control feature that keeps fingers from slipping and makes installation trouble-free at any angle, whether the installer is a professional or a DIYer. At 99.9 percent, PureONE provides the highest Micronic filtration efficiency in the aftermarket. The majority of PureONE filter sizes achieve a maximum holding capacity of 3 –13 grams of microscopic contaminants (13 grams is equal to 31 standard size paper clips) including dirt and metal shavings. In addition, PureONE's PTFE-treated sealing gasket promotes easy installation and removal.

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