As a car owner, there are a number of things that we should be at least occasionally aware of. Whether it’s keeping check of your tyre tread, topping up your water or looking out for the state of your windscreen wiper condition, there’s a lot that keeps our car working perfectly.
Another of these things is your oil, and more specifically, you oil filter. This is potentially the trickiest to judge, as the more friends, family and mechanics you ask, you tend to get a wide range of different answers.
What is an Oil Filter?
Essentially, an oil filter is a specifically designed filter which removes anything from the engine, transmission, hydraulic and lubricating oils which could be seen as a contaminant.
This is an important part of your car because if the filter becomes overused and worn, it could harm the inner workings of your engine.
Oil manufacturer Mobil says that unfiltered oil can become saturated and contain tiny particles which once in the engine, wear away the surface of it. While it is a very small part of your car, it can cause you a lot bigger problems if not properly maintained.
How they Work
The outside of the filter is essentially a metal can which has a sealing gasket that tightly holds it against the engines mating surface. There is a base plate which holds the gasket and is perforated with a number of holes in the area just inside the gasket.
There is also a central hole which is threaded through the whole thing to link the filter with the engine block. Placed inside the can is filter material which is made of synthetic fibre.
Car manufacturers themselves will often suggest that oil filters should be changed every other time you change the oil in your car. However, oil manufacturers will tell you that you should change them every time you change your oil, which should be roughly every 3,000 miles, so which is it?
Changing Oil Filters
Realistically, things have changed over the years when it comes to the quality of engines and oil filters. Basically, the 3,000-mile rule is only really entirely applicable if you are driving a vintage car which doesn’t properly filter out oil debris efficiently.
In modern cars, there is nothing stopping you doing double the life span of this or more. Certain scenarios or conditions can influence your oil filter too.
For example, if you spend much of your time in stop-start city traffic, often tow heavy loads or drive in hot conditions, your engine can be forced to over-work, therefore forcing more oil through the filter.
However, it can very much differ from each model and manufacturer. Because of this, it is best you check your car’s manual for specific guidance.
For fellow Honda drivers, as well as your manual, you can consult the Honda website for advice on oil changes and oil filters. Simply click here for more information.
You can take a look at our range of genuine Honda filters as part of our servicing kits here.