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#4584020 - 11/24/17 08:56 PM Using cheaper filters at shorter intervals
izz Offline


Registered: 11/24/17
Posts: 19
Loc: Ohio
Recently i purchased a 12 year old vehicle with about 80k miles, the maintenance on it seems to be neglected due to not being driven a whole lot.

Iím putting on about 300 miles a day (work) and so I put in m1 syn (0w40) with their filter but was thinking perhaps go with cheaper filter and just change it every 2000 miles or so instead of 7-10k Miles.

Logic is obviously the car isnít used in some crazy high performance environment so maybe i can sacrifice some filteration rate but if Iím catching things that were built up in the engine the high end would clog up quicker anyway so using cheap filter method to clean things out for a while might be better.

I was considering the same with actual oil by going conventional but changing filter is easy doing the whole drain far bigger hassle and mess.

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#4584032 - 11/24/17 09:08 PM Re: Using cheaper filters at shorter intervals [Re: izz]
KL31 Offline


Registered: 06/03/16
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Cheaper filters don't always mean worse quality so I like your idea. M1, K&N, AMSoil etc are going to be expensive and not always any better than the big names like Wix or Fram's middle to upper tier filters.

Personally, I'd go for a standard wix and do 3-4k mile filter changes. M1 0W40 is definitely an oil proven to easily go 10k miles so doing a couple or three filter changes will help filtration for sure (if engine is internally sludged up) and the top up oil you'd need for the filter change will also replenish the oil's TBN so you'd maybe go more than 10k miles doing that.
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#4584033 - 11/24/17 09:08 PM Re: Using cheaper filters at shorter intervals [Re: izz]
i_hate_autofraud Offline


Registered: 05/19/16
Posts: 717
Loc: Canada


The only 'cheap-cheap' filters I can think of are off shore no name filters I don't wanna touch.

Better to get national brand oil filters on sale, stock up a bit and go for the usual oil change
interval.

If you feel the engine as-is now is really dirty, add an engine oil flush (1 cup of kerosene), idle the engine
for 20 minutes (don't drive it) then dump the oil and replace the filter. Typically a lot of junk will come
out in the oil into the oil change pan. Much better then short OCIs.

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#4584037 - 11/24/17 09:13 PM Re: Using cheaper filters at shorter intervals [Re: izz]
KL31 Offline


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300 miles a day is a fair amount of highway I'd assume. The oil will get up to some high temps without a doubt and I'd probably avoid kerosene flushes considering it only has 80k miles on it.

What was the longest it had gone without an oil change in the service history? Does it burn any oil? If it's not burning oil and it didn't go 20k miles without an oil change, it's probably fine.
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#4584040 - 11/24/17 09:16 PM Re: Using cheaper filters at shorter intervals [Re: i_hate_autofraud]
izz Offline


Registered: 11/24/17
Posts: 19
Loc: Ohio
Oh for sure i meant $4 ones vs the $10 one i use now.

How safe is the method youíre describing? The motor runs just fine as it is now so i donít want to break things trying to fix it. I also read somewhere that using diesel oil at short OCIs is good way to clean things up.

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#4584042 - 11/24/17 09:18 PM Re: Using cheaper filters at shorter intervals [Re: KL31]
izz Offline


Registered: 11/24/17
Posts: 19
Loc: Ohio
Originally Posted By: KL31
300 miles a day is a fair amount of highway I'd assume. The oil will get up to some high temps without a doubt and I'd probably avoid kerosene flushes considering it only has 80k miles on it.

What was the longest it had gone without an oil change in the service history? Does it burn any oil? If it's not burning oil and it didn't go 20k miles without an oil change, it's probably fine.


Thereís no documented service history but it doesnít burn any oil either. I will have to replace oil pan (cheap fix on this car) i noticed it had started to rust (however no leak) but that should do wonders in cleaning things out.


Edited by izz (11/24/17 09:19 PM)

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#4584046 - 11/24/17 09:22 PM Re: Using cheaper filters at shorter intervals [Re: izz]
tig1 Offline


Registered: 01/03/09
Posts: 13762
Loc: Illinois
For many years I have used MC filters at 10K OCIs. Never a problem. One new filter every OC.
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#4584048 - 11/24/17 09:25 PM Re: Using cheaper filters at shorter intervals [Re: tig1]
izz Offline


Registered: 11/24/17
Posts: 19
Loc: Ohio
Originally Posted By: tig1
For many years I have used MC filters at 10K OCIs. Never a problem. One new filter every OC.
yeah i typically do the same on a new car or a well maintained one im just trying to get this one back on track or so to say.

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#4584059 - 11/24/17 09:31 PM Re: Using cheaper filters at shorter intervals [Re: izz]
JohnnyJohnson Offline


Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 3010
Loc: Wet side WA
Run it for twenty days 6000 miles then do a UOA see what it tells you. If everything looks good run the next one at 25 days or adjust accordingly. By the way what kind of car and which engine?

I wouldn't use just any cheap filter a Tough Guard is only $6.64 at Walmart and it almost filters as effectively as an Ultra! But its rated at 10K miles.


Edited by JohnnyJohnson (11/24/17 09:33 PM)
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#4584062 - 11/24/17 09:36 PM Re: Using cheaper filters at shorter intervals [Re: izz]
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Registered: 06/24/04
Posts: 2286
Loc: St. Louis
I just purchased 6 Fram Ultra for my Elantra for $27.49 o Ebay or $4.58 each. Those would go 10,000 miles and not much difference in price than your $4.00 filter. I used to buy oversized filters for my Saturn (3614 OEM and 3600 over sized) for more filtering capacity. If that is an option you may want to try that. I used the extended size Mobil 1 filter in an RX300 when I started running synthetic oil to clean the engine prone to sludging.

300 miles a day. I do not drive that much a week. grin I think I would want less filter changes due to the amount of miles you drive.


Edited by MONKEYMAN (11/24/17 09:36 PM)
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#4584094 - 11/24/17 10:33 PM Re: Using cheaper filters at shorter intervals [Re: izz]
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Registered: 11/05/11
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Loc: MTL, CANADA
I use and have used proselects. I think they are great for the money and for under 3$ in the USA, you wont sweat when tossing it after a short OCI. Truth is Id run it 3-4k miles minimum though.
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#4584103 - 11/24/17 10:54 PM Re: Using cheaper filters at shorter intervals [Re: izz]
FlyNavyP3 Offline


Registered: 07/04/16
Posts: 1447
Loc: Jacksonville, FL
If you're looking for an economy priced filter why not a Walmart Super Tech if it's made in your size? They're inexpensive and made by Wix. What's your year/make/model of vehicle?
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#4584112 - 11/24/17 11:22 PM Re: Using cheaper filters at shorter intervals [Re: izz]
Merkava_4 Offline


Registered: 01/30/07
Posts: 17501
Loc: Clovis, CA
I don't think it's a good idea. You're better off using an expensive filter for two OCIs.

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#4584172 - 11/25/17 05:43 AM Re: Using cheaper filters at shorter intervals [Re: FlyNavyP3]
GMguy84 Offline


Registered: 07/14/17
Posts: 280
Loc: OKLAHOMA
Originally Posted By: FlyNavyP3
If you're looking for an economy priced filter why not a Walmart Super Tech if it's made in your size? They're inexpensive and made by Wix. What's your year/make/model of vehicle?



Wix ?? I read on here ST filters are now made by Champion labs ???
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#4584197 - 11/25/17 06:50 AM Re: Using cheaper filters at shorter intervals [Re: Merkava_4]
AZjeff Offline


Registered: 01/14/11
Posts: 2842
Loc: PV Az
Originally Posted By: Merkava_4
I don't think it's a good idea. You're better off using an expensive filter for two OCIs.


He's worried about the filter clogging up early as stuff loosens up if it's dirty.

OP, how hard to pull a valve cover and take a look?
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