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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Know the proper time to change your vehicle's oil/lube filter

In a perfect world, a vehicle’s engine would operate in a vacuum, free from assault by dirt, dust, soot, road grime and other contaminants. Since that slice of nirvana doesn’t exist, oil/lube filters were invented as a way to protect the engine from harm. This is much easier said than done, especially if the vehicle is operating in severe-duty conditions, such as those with:

  • Frequent idle time, such as stop-and-go driving in heavy traffic
  • Extensive highway driving in hot weather
  • Heavy towing and weight loads
  • Driving on dusty dirt or gravel roads
  • Operation in sub-zero climates or excessive cold start-ups
  • Driving on steep hills or mountainsides

It is with operating conditions such as these in mind that LUBER-FINER has developed a complete line of high-performance and easy-to-install Heavy-Duty Oil/Lube Filters. Outfitting your vehicle with a LUBER-FINER oil/lube filter can result in extended engine life, reduced engine wear, reduced downtime and reduced operating costs, even if you are following an extended oil drain interval (EODI) program for your vehicle(s).

No matter how effective your oil/lube filter might be, there is no doubt that at some point it will need to be replaced. Creating and strictly following a preventive maintenance will pay dividends in improved engine performance and lower overall maintenance costs. It’s a good rule of thumb to replace the oil/lube filter every time the vehicle’s oil is changed. This will help ensure that the oil and filter are both working at their highest efficiency, which will result in optimized engine and vehicle performance. Generally, it is recommended that a heavy-duty oil filter be changed every 20,000 miles, though new filter designs are allowing that interval to be pushed out to 40,000 miles.

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