Gang, I drove over into SW Louisiana today to change the oil in my Mother's 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan with a 3.8L V6. It had about 7.5K on a run of PP 5W-20 and a PL10241. I brought my filter cutter with me to check it and unfortunately, I must report this filter had 3 tears in the media. My mother does not drive spiritedly at all and this OC was about 10 months worth. I took extra care and time when cutting the can to be sure that I did not stress the media in any way. For the naysayers, it is not possible to touch the media with the cutter as shown in Photo 3 so that is not what caused the tears. I initially thought it had a small tear in only one pleat, until I examined the other end! Because I did not have another filter on hand, I had to install another P1 with the exact same date code. Thankfully, last September, I only bought 2 of them and this constitutes the last. However, I will be removing it next weekend and installing a Fram Ultra XG3614 in its place. I will not purchase another Purolator until the tearing problems have been resolved and if I find the MC filters on the Explorer are tearing, I will report it to Ford and will switch to Fram Ultra on that vehicle too. Not sure what to say other than Purolator has a problem they need to address and can someone decode the date code to see if it falls into the date(s) that have shown to have tears? EDIT: I found the decoder: F = Fayettevile, North Carolina Plant 06 = Month (June) E = Year (2013) 08 = Day of Month D = Line Number 1 = Shift 1 - Can Label: 2 - Date Code: 3 - Not Possible to Cut Media: 4 - Inside Can: 5 - Two Tears (Base End): 6 - Two Tears (Base End Closeup): 7 - Single Tear (Bypass End): 8 - Opposite Side: 9 - Bypass: 10 - Base and ADBV: .
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