By: Lisa Harper
How often you need to change your oil filter is far from straightforward and opinions vary within the motor industry.
Most car manufacturers will recommend oil filter changes every other oil change. Whilst car part and oil manufacturers recommend oil filter changes at every oil change.
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So who’s right? The problem is both have a self-interest in the matter. Car manufacturers want to present their vehicles with competitive running costs, so by recommending an oil filter change every other oil change, they are able to reduce your predicted upkeep costs. Whereas oil and car part manufacturers need to sell their products, so are more inclined to suggest more frequent oil filter changes.
As a rule of thumb we recommend changing your oil filter every time you change your oil. This is because oil filters are relatively inexpensive so changing every oil change instead of every other is not going to break the bank. What’s more, it is likely that you’ll see more benefit from changing both at the same time and it will help keep the new oil cleaner for longer.
So that leads us to our next dilemma how often should we change the oil and as a result the oil filter?
Again we face similar problems, however our advice would be to refer to your owner’s manual and follow their recommended oil change mileage figures.
There are certain situations in which you may need to deviate from manufacturers recommended oil filter changes:
Not changing your oil filter could cause your engine to overheat and eventually seize up so changing your oil filter is a cheap and quick job that is essential to prevent more expensive problems from developing.
To round up we recommend changing your oil filter every time you change your oil and recommend oil changes be carried out in line with your car manufacturers recommended intervals. Changing your oil filter is one of the most important jobs on your car and should never be neglected.
When you book an interim service at Stoneacre you can relax in the knowledge that we will carry out an oil and oil filter change as standard. Contact us to find out more.
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