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Old 01-11-2013, 08:15 AM   #1
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What is the best Oil filter?

I am wanting to see what oil filter most of you use and what is the best. I searched but it did not bring up a link for this topic. What do you think Fram, Wix, A/C Delco? Does anyone use K&N?
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Old 01-11-2013, 09:17 AM   #2
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Take a look at these:
http://www.mobiloil.com/USA-English/...l_Filters.aspx
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Old 01-12-2013, 05:04 AM   #3
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I've always used k&n on all my vehicles.
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Old 01-12-2013, 05:51 AM   #4
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Too many horror stories about fram to use them. I stick with mobil / k&n (they are the same) or napa gold (made by wix). There was a link kickin around here somewhere detailing all the major filters and who makes what (and which ones good).
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Old 01-12-2013, 10:05 AM   #5
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Realize one thing guys......CasmaroLS has an ls, thus a V6, so his filter is just the paper element, NOT a spin on.

CamaroLS, what I use, and have been for many years with never having an issue on eany of my cars/trucks is Frams ExtraGuard Filters. the filter material is finer and more dense. OR you could use their ToughGurad which will filter out even more....the ExtraGuard will trap 95% of contaminates where the ToughGaurd will trap 99%. both filters.
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Old 01-12-2013, 10:08 AM   #6
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always use k&n in all my vehicles
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Old 01-12-2013, 02:59 PM   #7
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i always use ac delco
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Old 01-12-2013, 10:15 PM   #8
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I've been using a Wix for my V6. I can't imagine any brand name being bad but I change em every 5,000 - 7,000 miles and I'm using full synthetic. I think keeping the oil level maintained is a bigger issue than the filter.
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Old 01-13-2013, 03:13 PM   #9
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i use full syn also. Royal purple with k&n filter
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Old 01-13-2013, 10:13 PM   #10
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kandn is the way too go!
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Old 01-15-2013, 02:34 PM   #11
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k+n for the win
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Old 01-15-2013, 04:50 PM   #12
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Pretty much anything but Fram. I've read that the more expensive ones are better(Dura,Extra Guard) but usually I just stick to AC Delco. It's interesting to see the differences. Just go to an autozone and open the boxes and compare ones made for the same engine. Those Frams are Wix is always highly recommended and Mobil/K&N/Royal Purple are all good too.
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Old 01-15-2013, 04:56 PM   #13
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Fram is junk. I would stick with K&N or Mobil 1. You get what you pay for. And fram can be bought at Walmart for 3 bucks. What does that tell you?? Alot of dealers will offer a bulk discount if you buy a bunch of filters. The best way to go if your dealer will do bulk.
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:04 PM   #14
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Where is the oil filter on 2013 v6.

Does any one know where they hid the oil filter on my 2013 v6?
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:37 PM   #15
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is on the driver side next to the engine. its a little container.
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:42 AM   #16
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K & N filters are way overpriced. The three best filters on the market for construction quality and filter pass efficiency are Wix, Hastings, and Purolator Pure One. K & N are nothing more than an AC Delco (made by Champ) with a lug on the bottom the make removal easier. There is an independent test over on bobistheoilguy.com that goes into detail on pass efficiency of the filter medias. If you cut a few of these filters open and look at their internal construction you will see what I am talking about.
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Old 01-19-2013, 06:54 AM   #17
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I have been using Mobil 1 on my 2010 LS. 47k miles.
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Old 01-19-2013, 08:43 AM   #18
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ACDelco PF48. They've worked perfect forever. When I was a tech, never saw a single problem with one. Plus they were factory engineered to match the car for flow and micron. Saw plenty of problems with aftermarket filters, mostly FRAM and Purolator. They have decent versions, but also versions that are garbage.

The ACDelco has one benefit that trumps all. Anything goes wrong with it (highly highly doubtful), but just in case - your still covered by the factory warranty. Something goes wrong with an aftermarket filter, you'll get an estimate for an engine repair instead of warranty coverage.

We use to see two common problems with the lower quality filters. The drainback valve either missing or not working causing lifter knock on start up. The other is filter media or the cardboard end caps coming apart and blockup up oil passages. That wipes the motor right out. Some don't have the metal inner can, and could collapse inward when their cheaper relief vavle doesn't work at high start up pressure. The PF-48s have a high quality anti drain back valve, coil spring pressure relieve valves, and metal end caps. They are overbuilt and perfect quality for a decent price.

I cut this one apart a while back after someone tried to knock them saying they didn't have metal end caps.

You can see the metal coil spring inside for the pressure relief. The cheaper ones often leave that out or a very cheap little bent metal strip as the spring, metal end caps, the black rubber ring is the anti-drain back vavle...

If you have a dry sump LS7 or dry sump Vette GS LS3, those use the UPF-48R. Those have a thicker can body for the
super high oil pressure those engines hit at start up.

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Old 01-19-2013, 08:56 AM   #19
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I use a K&N as well like many others in here.
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:06 PM   #20
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Old 03-30-2013, 07:02 PM   #21
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How about the Fram ultra? Anyone use these? Thoughts?
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Old 03-30-2013, 07:37 PM   #22
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I know everyone is trying to give the OP advice but he has a V6 so any info on filters he is getting from the V8 guys is not going to help.
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Old 03-30-2013, 07:40 PM   #23
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I know everyone is trying to give the OP advice but he has a V6 so any info on filters he is getting from the V8 guys is not going to help.
Why not? He's asking about a brand, does not matter if its for a V6 or a V8. A sh$t brand is a sh$t brand across the board, same can be said for a good brand.

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Old 03-30-2013, 07:43 PM   #24
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How about the Fram ultra? Anyone use these? Thoughts?
The worst filter you could possibly use.
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:01 PM   #25
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Why not? He's asking about a brand, does not matter if its for a V6 or a V8. A sh$t brand is a sh$t brand across the board, same can be said for a good brand.

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I would beg to differ, the V6 and V8 filters are totally different and made entirely different. Just because one brand makes a good spin on filter doesn't necessarily mean they can make a good paper filter and vice versa.
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