Oil filters are replaced during routine car servicing.
But you’re not into cars, you’re probably wondering what they are and why you need to replace them.
What do oil filters do?
As their name states, their job is to filter the engine oil that circulates throughout the motor.
You may have read about how oil, apart from lubricating metal parts, also acts as a detergent.
Motor oil also helps remove harmful deposits (and prevents them from forming).
This keeps your engine clean, thereby improving its performance and efficiency.
Now, without them, those nasty particles that the engine oil has picked up would have nowhere to go.
They’d end up being deposited around your critical engine parts.
Can I use third party-filters? Or must I use the one from my car manufacturer?
Third-party oil filters are usually cheaper than the OEM ones, but using them is not a good idea.
The OEM filters are specifically designed to work with your car and the recommended oils for its engine.
Third-party filters may not be optimal. You wouldn’t want to put your engine’s life at risk.
If you’re uncertain, always refer to your owner’s manual.