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How Filters Keep Your Car Clean Under the Hood
Your car has three different types of filters that work to keep the contaminants, debris, and impurities out of the fuel system, engine air supply system and car cabin air supply. They...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Oil Filter Housing Gasket
Common signs include the Engine Oil Light coming on, oil dripping from the filter, and lower than normal oil pressure.
What Causes an Oil Filter to Get Dirty?
At some point during your time as a vehicle owner, you’ve likely had your oil filter changed, probably at the same time as an oil change. Few people give this minor maintenance more...
When Should I Change My Oil?
Changing oil in your car needs to happen at specific intervals. Oil change intervals vary, but it's best to change oil every 3,000 to 7,000 miles.
Does the Viscosity of Your Oil Affect the Filter You Should Use?
Most people who drive a vehicle know that an engine needs oil to operate smoothly. Oil lubricates the various surfaces and components of the engine’s system to help it run as efficiently as possible....
How Do Oil Filters Work?
At the most basic level, oil filters serve the purpose of preventing contaminants, such as dirt and debris, from reaching the oil in your vehicle. This is important because grit and grime in...
Which Filters in My Car Can Be Cleaned Vs. Replaced?
Car filters clean the air and fluids in your car interior and engine. You can clean the air filter, but you always have to replace the oil filter.
How Does Oil Lubricate an Engine?
Oil is an essential fluid in your car engine. Motor oil lubricates engine parts and prevents car overheating. Changing oil helps extend engine life.
How to Change Your Oil
Changing your oil is an important maintenance service. Prevent major engine failure with regular changes.
Industry News for Automotive Techs: October 8-14
50 MPG Chevrolet Cruz Diesel, Mazda's G-Vectoring drive system, Uber and Volvo collaborate on autonomous cars, and Hubb's new reusable oil filter.
How to Replace an Oil Filter Housing Gasket on Most Cars
Oil filter housing gaskets fail when the oil light is on, there is oil visibly dripping from the filter, or oil pressure is lower than normal.

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Are these oil leak problems related?
If the oil filter housing is integral to the oil cooler, or the housing had to be removed to service the cooler, a professional mechanic with knowledge of the limited service life of rubber seals would have absolutely (guaranteed) replaced...
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Common ways Oil Filter Housing Cracks
If the crack in the housing is in the plastic part, that can be written off to normal wear and tear. The plastic filter holder gets brittle and cracks easily. Most shops keep them on hand in case this happens...
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what is an good oil change interval to stick with this car
Toyota recommends changing the engine oil and filter on the 1999 4 cylinder Camry every 12,000 kilometers. Changing the oil, and performing other maintenance, using a mobile service such as YourMechanic, can save you a lot of money. If you...
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Oil change
Oil and filter change intervals are specified by vehicle manufacturers, not mechanics, in carefully considered and prepared "maintenance schedules". Mechanics do not have the necessary field test data, or laboratory data, to wisely specify oil change intervals other than what...
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Honda CRV oil change: Valvoline 0W-20 full syn and Mobil1 filter a good choice?
Hello, thank you for writing in. It is perfectly fine, and preferred by some, to run fully synthetic oil in your vehicle. You must make sure it matches the weight rating listed in your owner's manual. While we cannot personally...
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Type of oil and when to change
Oil change intervals on your vehicle are determined by the vehicle's engine oil change monitoring system. A message on your instrument panel will alert you when it is necessary to change the oil. The change interval is based on a...
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Illuminum scraping or ticking when warming up and driving it out of driveway but then stops, whats the problem??
The noise sounds like a lifter tapping on the engine. This is caused by dirty engine oil and or a plugged oil filter. I recommend servicing the engine oil and filter first. If the noise continues, then I recommend seeking...
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I Cannot Screw On Oil Filter.
You are using the correct filter. I looked at the photos that you sent but the photos do not show the entirety of the threads. Even if such are shown "clearly", when it comes to threaded parts, it only takes...
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Check engine and oil light on
If your vehicle's check engine light illuminates, there is a malfunction that should be diagnosed and repaired. If you request a check engine light diagnostic, a certified mechanic from YourMechanic would use a code scanner to retrieve diagnostic trouble code(s)...
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WHAT IS THE RECOMMENED ENGINE OIL FOR ISUZU RODEO 2001
Your vehicle requires oil that has a viscosity rating of 5W-30 and is API (American Petroleum Institute) certified for service level "SN". Synthetic oil is always preferred but you can use synthetic blends, conventional oil or any combination thereof. If...
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What materials do you need to do an oil and oil filter change?
In order of importance, you need safety glasses, nitrile gloves (or like gloves that will effectively keep used oil off your skin), a low capacity torque wrench (to re-tighten the drain plug typically to 18 ft. lbs., but see your...
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What kind of oil should I use for my 2015 Chrysler 200 Unlimited?
The viscosity recommended by Chrysler is 5W20. You can use a good quality conventional or synthetic oil. Check your owner's manual for the specific specifications the oil should meet as they can change year to year, but MS-6395 is what...
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Oil Change issues
Hello, thank you for writing in. Your issue is likely something small and silly that you are overlooking. Often the oil filter seal sticks to the engine rather than the old oil filter when you take it off. If this...
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Oil filter is stuck on!
Hi there. You will have to get a chisel and hammer and tap (with a good amount of force, but not to damage anything) on the oil filter to break it loose on the engine and then screw it off....
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oil pressure light comes on when l stop at a light or when it idles then l push the gas peddle and it goes off.
When the oil pressure light comes on, the engine oil is loosing oil pressure. I recommend performing an oil change and filter change with a good brand filter. If the light is still coming on, then hook up a mechanical...
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I'm looking to buy an 01 cobra but the guy selling it says there is a lifter problem. How serious is this and should I buy?
The lifter is not too much of a problem, but it could be costly to replace if you are having a technician replace it. You can try changing the engine oil and filter and running a oil treatment in the...
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So it hasn't been 3 months/3000 kilometer since I changed oil in my car and it is asking me to change it soon. Do I keep driving or change oil?
Unless you are using full synthetic engine oil with high mileage ratings, I recommend replacing the engine oil. Standard engine oil will burn up all of the additives (cleaning agents) between 2,500 to 3,000 miles or 120 hour of use....
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I have valve lifter noise on the right side of my engine.
The lifter is tapping as either the oil pressure to the lifter has dropped or the lifter is sticking from old sludge build up from the mileage. Try changing the engine oil and filter and see if the lifter noise...
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Oil still leaking after I changed oil filter
Unless there is an imperfection (e.g., serious pitting or irregularities) on the engine mounting base for the filter gasket, the leak is probably not at the filter. There are other adjacent potential leak spots such as the oil pan gasket,...
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Engine locked
If the wrong oil filter was installed, it would most definitely be able to leak oil onto the ground underneath the vehicle. There are literally hundreds of different styles of oil filters and it would be easy for an oil...

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