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What Does an Oil Filter Do?

There’s more to an oil change than replacing the oil itself. At most auto service shops, they will inspect other aspects under the hood to ensure everything works. Another aspect of an oil service is the oil filter. The oil filter is a little cylinder component that can do wonders on keeping your motor clean. Read on to learn more about the oil filter and what it does.

Oil Filter Basics

Your engine has many components that all require lubrication from motor oil. Engine oil improves efficiency and reduces wear and tear on those components, allowing more power production. Before oil flows through the engine, it needs to be filtered through the oil filter.

The oil running through the engine can only be effective for so long until it gets dirty. As motor oil flows in and out, it can pick up dirt, metal fragments, and other contaminants. To keep the nasty stuff out of the engine, the oil is kept clean with the oil filter. It traps these harmful particles, so your oil can last longer and the engine stays cleaner. After some time, the oil filter will need to be swapped out along with new engine oil.

Oil Filters Are Not Universal

There are multiple types of oil filters. The first is a compact design – it is a canister that is installed and removed in a dependent unit. The other common type of oil filter requires an installation process. It needs to be fastened to a cap in the filter housing. You can refer to your owner's manual to learn more about which type is best for your vehicle’s make/model.

We invite you to BG Automotive for all your oil change services. Our professional technicians can help you choose the best oil and oil filter for your engine. Let us keep you and your engine happy by bringing your car to our auto repair shop!

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