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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?
Engine oil is the lifeblood of your car’s engine. It is used to lubricate all the internal moving parts and help cool the engine. Changing oil is an extremely important part...
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?
While it is recommended that you change out your vehicle filters on a regular schedule, you can extend the life of some filters by cleaning them. Eventually, though, all filters need replacing, because cleaning...
How Does Oil Lubricate an Engine?
You're on your way to work and the the Check Oil Light comes on. You may not know how the oil lubricates and protects the engine, but you know it's an important part of keeping...
How to Change Your Oil
Changing your oil is an important maintenance service. Prevent major engine failure with regular changes.
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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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Van loses power constantly - 2008 Dodge Sprinter
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where is the oil filter located on this engine?
You will find it on the passenger side rear of the engine. It's a little tough to get to unless on a vehicle lift.
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How can I remove oil filter for replacement
Most auto parts stores sell wrenches that are specifically designed to remove an oil filter. There are types that look like big sockets, types that squeeze the filter as you turn it, or several other types. Which one you need...
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Crushed Oil Filter
Yes it could, the filter was designed for the thinner oil. Running the extra thick oil will starve your engine bearings of the necessary oil for lubrication. The thick oil will cause you to burn less oil due to the...
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Where could this oil leak be coming from?
Hello. You mention the power steering reservoir, so just be sure it is oil and not power steering fluid which of course would change the nature of the repair. To answer one of your concerns, if oil leaks onto the...
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car not sounding and running properly
Most likely the loss of power after your oil change is just a coincidence. It is possible they checked your air filter and disconnected a sensor on accident. If this is the case, there should be a Check Engine Light...
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How often to change oil and oil filter?
In today's vehicles, the majority of cars are able to go between 5,000-6,000 miles between oil changes depending on the health of the car's engine and assuming you are using a quality oil. For some, this is a matter of...
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New oil filter replaced 5 days after oil change
Hey there. Yes it can. The reason it could have been leaking is because maybe something hit the filter while driving or the rubber seal on it didn't seal properly. You can change the filter without changing the oil but...
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why oil filter be replaced ?
This is a very good question that I wish more people would ask. The reason why you change the filter at the same time you change the oil is due to the fact that the filter has a "lifespan" just...
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Transmission issue, car limps and very slow in drive
Hello. If this light is coming on, then the computer is detecting a transmission issue. I always start by checking the fluid. If it is low then this will occur. If the fluid level is fine then the condition needs...
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Attempted to change oil filter, but the oil filter cap broke, the top half of cap is broken off, the threaded part still remains.
Hi, thanks for writing in. I would proceed to carefully continue with the hammer and chisel. You could also try using a punch with the hammer to try and spin it out. The sudden shock from the punch could help...
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When should I change the engine oil? What is the best oil type for winter and summer?
The engine oil used for summer is typically thicker. Thinner oil in the winter allows it to warm up quicker and lubricate sooner. Thicker oil will take longer to warm up and perform its duties. Your vehicle may only want...
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What can cause an oil filter seal to blow?
The oil filter seal (to the block) could fail if the old seal was left in place and the new filter was installed over the old seal. In that case, the old seal will often dislodge and the oil will...
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A lot of oil is leaking out of the oil filter. It just pours out.
Hello. If oil is leaking from your oil filter, then either the filter is not being installed correctly or the oil filter housing is damaged. Most oil filters use a rubber gasket to seal the oil in the engine. If...
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When do I need to change oil or oil filter
If you have driven your car for more than 5000 miles since you bought the car, then it is time to get the oil changed now. Once you get the oil and filter changed, then you should have the vehicle...
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Oil filter location in a 2015 Hyundai Sonata Limited
Hello. The oil filter on your car is located under the vehicle right next to the oil pan. It is a small canister shaped filter housing. You may have to remove the lower splash shield on your car if it...
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No oil on the dipstick
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Should I buy my own oil?
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Oil level is low.
Your engine may use up about a liter of oil for every 2000 km you drive so you should add oil until you see that the oil comes up to the top full mark. Running the engine low on oil...
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My car has done 37,500 miles service but it only has 33,300 miles, what kind of maintenance do I need?
The maintenance reminder system is not strictly mileage based. If 12 months elapse, without an intervening re-set, the light will come on simply because the engine oil should be changed at 12 months even if the 7,500 mileage interval for...

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