When did you last see a gunked-up oil filter?

When did you last see a gunked-up oil filter?

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Ozzie Osmond

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21,189 posts

248 months

Wednesday 7th August 2013
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Inspired by some of the extended service interval threads I'm wondering when anyone last saw a gunky oil filter. Mine always seem to come out of the car looking brand new.

steve_bmw

1,590 posts

177 months

Wednesday 7th August 2013
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My mate bought an x5 last year, full history ect lol
We removed the oil filter cap and the paper filter had turned into what I can only describe as cornflakes in melted chocolate! That oil and filter Had not been done in years 6 years or more.

P I Staker

3,308 posts

158 months

Wednesday 7th August 2013
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The other week I guess.

I think the strongest reason to change them is not that they have gunked up, more that otherwise an old filter will contaminate new oil.

C. Grimsley

1,365 posts

197 months

Wednesday 7th August 2013
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Anyone who has changed the oil and filter on a neglected 1.6 hdi peugeot, real poor engines, fitted to fords also.


Carl

ffhard

238 posts

130 months

Wednesday 7th August 2013
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About once every two weeks.

Usually due to manufacturers "look how low our servicing costs are" oil change intervals and/or customers topping up with the "best value" oil that Tesco's or Halfords will sell them!

The point being that if the filter looks clogged up then you've left it too long. The whole point of servicing is to replace items BEFORE they cause a problem.

Ozzie Osmond

Original Poster:

21,189 posts

248 months

Wednesday 7th August 2013
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ffhard said:
... customers topping up with the "best value" oil that Tesco's or Halfords will sell them!

The point being that if the filter looks clogged up then you've left it too long. The whole point of servicing is to replace items BEFORE they cause a problem.
Yes, that's what interests me. I run my cars long on their service intervals but always using proper modern oils. The impression I get is that these expensive oils really do work.

kev b

2,716 posts

168 months

Thursday 8th August 2013
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I've not seen a gunked up one for a while but 3 or 4 of the last 20 paper element type I've seen have crumbled like a wet rich tea when removed, very worrying.

My local garage regularly has cars in with the oil light on due to disintegrating filters, often Corsas I am led to believe.

Ozzie Osmond

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21,189 posts

248 months

Thursday 8th August 2013
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I'm intrigued by these occurrences of failed filter elements. Do we know if they are junk bought on ebay or something else?

My own opinion is that it's never worth fitting any oil filter other than OEM or at least a very reputable brand from a very reputable supplier. No point risking your engine for the sake of a £5 saving on the filter.

Andyjc86

1,149 posts

151 months

Thursday 8th August 2013
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I wouldn't say I've seen a clogged up one for ages, but agree the the element type filters are regularly in pieces once removed!

kev b

2,716 posts

168 months

Thursday 8th August 2013
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The one I took from my BMW fell apart as I tried to remove it, I bought it from my usual suppliers, identical in brand and looks to the ones I have been fitting for 12 years.

My brother,who is a garage owner says he is plagued by poor quality parts, even those that were always considered the top brands. Clutches, filters, brake pads, bushes,shocks, springs, steering racks and especially starters and alternators all seem to have dropped in quality.

Lots of parts are now outsourced and just repacked into a quality box, pretty frightening when you think about it.

Captain Muppet

8,540 posts

267 months

Thursday 8th August 2013
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I'm doing my first oil change on my 130,000 mile no-service-history 323 tomorrow.

I'm looking forward to seeing the state of the filter...

HustleRussell

24,794 posts

162 months

Thursday 8th August 2013
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Never seen a gunked-up filter, although I believe this may be something to do with the fact that I only work on my own cars!

carreauchompeur

17,870 posts

206 months

Thursday 8th August 2013
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I had an old Primera that I think had been used for cabbing and the oil was like tar, clearly had never been done...

MG CHRIS

9,092 posts

169 months

Thursday 8th August 2013
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Seen a few cars mainly tdci 1.6/hdi engine with the paper element filter just ends up in pieces also on corsa aswel.

Even with new filters within a year when it comes back for the next service it happens again, as for parts have seen a decline in quality over the past few years.