What Does an Oil Filter Do?

Whenever you bring your vehicle to German Motorworks for an oil change, our technicians will always replace the oil filter too. Many drivers tend to overlook this step of an oil change service, but it makes a world of difference. It is the most critical component in assisting the lubrication of the engine. In simple terms, this device cleans the oil to prevent wear and tear in your engine. 

What Does an Oil Filter Do?

Oil filters are pretty simple actually, but they can vary depending on the filter and brand you use. They can be found below or near the engine block. When motor oil runs through the engine, it picks up dirt, dust, sand, and other harmful particles that get mixed into the fluid. To reduce contamination, the oil filter collects the contaminants and lets clean oil flow into the engine. The filter plays a significant role in extending the life of your engine and improving its performance.

When Should You Replace the Oil Filter?

You should change the oil filter every single time you get its oil changed. The services go hand in hand, so the intervals vary depending on your manufacturer's recommendations.

What Are the Symptoms of a Dirty or Clogged Oil Filter?

  • Increased engine sounds
  • Low oil pressure
  • Oil pressure light comes on
  • Dark and dirty oil on dipstick
  • Oil leak
  • Black or dark exhaust fumes

If you experience any of the above warning signs, or simply need your oil changed, please do not hesitate to visit the local experts at German Motorworks. We have all the right tools and skills to provide you with the best quality oil changes.

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