Your oil filter is essential when it comes to keeping your engine running right. That's because it captures impurities before they can get into the engine and cause trouble, just as your air filter and fuel filter do for other systems.
How Do Oil Filters Work?
Even the freshest motor oil still contains pollutants that made it through the refining process. If those collected in the engine, they would impair performance. The filter removes those, as well as any contaminants the oil picks up on its path through the engine parts, keeping the motor oil clean.
How Long Will My Oil Filter Last?
Sadly, they don't last forever. Eventually an oil filter will degrade with age, though it's far likelier that it will get too clogged up to continue removing the impurities. That's when you'll need to replace yours. Signs of failure include:
- The oil pressure dashboard light comes on
- The engine starts to sputter
- Your engine performance starts to diminish
- You notice dark smoke coming from the exhaust
- There are metallic noises coming from the engine
If you're not experiencing any of these symptoms, check your owner's manual to determine your recommended maintenance schedule. In general, you should plan to replace your oil filter every other time you change the oil.
Which Oil Filters Fit Best?
Don't make a mistake of just buying any oil filter when it's time to replace your old one. The oil filters made by your manufacturer are the only ones guaranteed to fit your model's engine, giving you the complete gasket seal that you need. Find yours right here in our online GM auto parts inventory, in stock and ready to ship. Buy now to save time and money!
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