Yes, it is driven often, but with the current situation miles haven't been very high. It used to get driven over 20k a year. That was 3 roughly 7,500 mile oil changes on that filter. That is usually when it asks for an oil change.Wait, 3 years and 23k miles on a single filter!?
Cellulose deteriorates, especially in the presence of water; synthetic does not. Unfortunately the Ultra went cellulose (backing), so long term synthetic filters are RP, Fleetguard Stratapore, Donaldson Blue, Amsoil, NAPA Platinum/Wix XP, and Baldwin HPG/MPG.
I don’t know of any filter manufacturer that is going to warranty a filter for more than a year, including Fram with the Ultra; so, if a filter fails, you’re on your own. For want of a $2-15 filter!Curious, when you use this phrase it suggests that filter disintegration is common, as are engine rebuilds due to filter disintegration. Is this an issue in modern filters, not Frams of years ago. Otherwise it's an irrelevant data point.
I personally wouldnt go more than 12 months.This conversation comes up often but I'd like more data points and input. Assume a premium oils and oil filter (Wix, M1, Denso, Motorcraft, Premium Fram, etc.).
Assume a very small driving miles/hours, say 500-1000 annually, no heavy duty profiles of excessive idling, towing, dirty environment etc., and making sure to at least get the vehicle to operating temps monthly, and changing oil on a 6-12 month basis with around 500 to 1500 miles each OCI.
How long or how many oil changes would you feel comfortable leaving a $10 filter on rather than pointlessly changing it? I'm frugal but not cheap, and want to be smart with my resources. I've noticed the price of many consumer goods is up, including on some of the filters I buy. In the aggregate, with a lot of vehicles, I might needlessly be throwing away $50 to $100 in otherwise good filters every 6 months if I am needlessly replacing them; so I'm asking for opinions.
I think 18 months, replacing it every 3rd oil change or about 1500-3000 miles on this profile is a reasonable action. So, new filter is on at mile 50,000 and OC #1 on 1/2020. OC #2 occurs at 50,600 miles on 6/2020. OC #3 occurs at 51,200 miles on 1/2021. OC #4 with new filter occurs at 51,800 on 6/2021. So the filter would have 1,800 miles and 18 months in service. Is that reasonable?
I didn't touch my filter for those three 7,500 mile oil changes. Afraid of it leaking after being put back. It only holds half a quart anyway and my oil is never very dirty at 7,500 miles.Are you all draining a used filter and replacing?
Seems like it would get that last pint(?) and allow inspection...
“Idle” meaning non operating time …Low mileage ( 1500) use is why I am going on three years now. I will do an oil/filter change next year. I have always done this and am not convinced that time alone will cause an oil filter to fall apart inside. I would be more concerned about running them for incredibly long mileage intervals under operating stress as many do, not idle time.
I left an XG3614 on a 19 HP Briggs for two years … nearly vulcanized !^^Yeah. A previous poster mentioned leaving a lawn tractor filter in service for what, 7 years?
I'd just want to make sure I wasn't "dirt oiling" my engine.