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Old 02-22-2015, 06:35 PM   #1
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PF48e vs other filters

Does anyone have any experience with the PF48e filters? I got one for the first time today and the pressed-in threads and plastic internals threw up a few red flags with me. Seems to be a bit fragile for a high performance engine so I want to know if anyone has had any issues with them, I'm a little more than OCD about car maintenance and prefer to use OE filters but the idea of trusting my engine to a filter with plastic insides and thin case walls awash in hot oil seems a bit iffy to me.
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Old 02-22-2015, 06:59 PM   #2

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If you can find them get the PF48. The PF48e is an eco-friendly filter that sucks.
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Old 02-22-2015, 10:20 PM   #3
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Yes the "E" core filters are plastic inside, try and find the none e cores if you can.
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Old 02-22-2015, 11:01 PM   #4
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PF48R is about the best filter for the money if your local market is saturated with the 48e as mine is.
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Old 02-23-2015, 01:35 AM   #5

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If you want to solve your filter needs for a long time, buy a case of Wix/Napa Gold from these guys and be done with it.
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Old 02-23-2015, 10:45 AM   #6

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I've been using the PF48 since new. Now I also can't find any anywhere. Really don't want to order any off the internet, never know what your getting. I have been using the ACDelco e core oil filters on my Buick and Silverado for years now and have never had a problem. I guess the new Camaro SS cars come from the factory with a PF48E filter. So I do believe I will just go ahead and start using the PF48E filter.
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Old 02-24-2015, 05:48 AM   #7
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What's wrong with PF48e? I can see that the internal structure is plastic, but so what? Lot's of stuff on the engine is plastic.
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Old 02-26-2015, 11:19 PM   #8

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Wondering same. The e is supposed to be better for high temps since it has no adhesive. The plastic core looks like it would allow more flow than the metal core with tiny holes. I went with a Wix XP for now.
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Old 02-27-2015, 12:41 AM   #9
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I use a Napa Platinum 47060, its basically a WIX filter with Napa's name on it. Why do I use this filter over the OE filters? Its because there's a magnet in the center bore to collect ferrous particulates and the media is composed of a steel reinforced synthetic one.

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Old 03-05-2015, 08:41 PM   #10
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Plastics, especially cheap ones like the ones inside this filter break down when exposed to high temps which is one reason I am unsure about using them, the other is that I don't trust the press in threads. I wound up going with a K&N filter, it seems to be near identical to the PF48's and has the "ZZ" stamp on it.
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Old 03-30-2015, 05:51 PM   #11

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just picked up a PF48E from autozone. i dont see anything wrong with how it looks.

i cant find a PF48R locally. seems like you'd need to order it online.
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