FL820 filter cut open May 16 2021

Oct 9, 2004
Cincinnati, OH, USA
It's dated Jan 2020. Was installed Feb 2020. Removed by me in Jan 2021. It sat upright draining for many months until I cut it open. Perhaps it dried out? Some time variables there. When I cut it open, several ounces of oil did seep from the container that were still captured in the can.

I didn't examine it carefully, but the end cap felt and appeared like a very hard strong adhesive kept it fastened to the media. I'd best describe it like a hardened peanut brittle, adhesive that kept the end cap on the filter media. Having no experience opening these up, I don't know if this is normal, good or bad. But it was held together extremely well. I didn't bother trying to remove other end, because I had nothing to leverage against it (e.g. I didn't have another end cap to pull against). I'm not a mechanic nor engineer but it appeared very well made to me.

I understand the concern of the 2 widened pleats, but having no evidence this is a material issue it doesn't seem to impact performance therefore doesn't worry me.

I understand how the backflow valve works and apparently this is a good design. Some other brands have a worse design, as I understand it.
You bet they have a worse design-the media could be a little stronger on the MCs, but the ADBV is AWESOME! The MGM went another week of sitting, still no startup noise whatsoever! I love the Ultras, but the Ford modular V8/V6 engine just doesn't agree with them at all.