Lube Oil Filters

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  • Lube oil filters also called engine oil filters, are essential components of internal combustion engines. Their primary function is to remove contaminants from the engine oil, keeping the engine clean and lubricated. This helps to reduce friction and wear on engine parts, extending the engine’s lifespan.

    Here’s a breakdown of how lube oil filters work:

    • Engine oil continuously circulates throughout the engine, picking up dirt, wear metals, and other contaminants as it lubricates moving parts.
    • The oil flows through the lube oil filter, which traps these contaminants in its filter media.
    • The filtered oil then returns to the engine for continued lubrication.


  • There are two main types of lube oil filters:

    • Full-flow filters: These are the most common type of lube oil filter. They are designed to filter all of the engine oil as it circulates through the engine. Full-flow filters typically have a bypass valve that opens if the filter becomes clogged, allowing unfiltered oil to circulate through the engine to prevent oil starvation.
    • Bypass filters: These filters are less common than full-flow filters. They are typically used in conjunction with full-flow filters and are designed to filter a small amount of oil that is continuously circulated through the bypass filter. Bypass filters can help to remove very fine contaminants that may not be trapped by a full-flow filter.
    • Lube oil filters are typically replaced during routine oil changes. The recommended oil change interval for your vehicle can be found in your owner’s manual. It is important to use the correct oil filter for your specific vehicle make and model. Using the wrong filter could result in improper filtration or oil leakage.