Cheap oil filter

image We have a nice oil leak here,,,,your typical customer who thinks he’s doing the right thing.image You can see the oil went on to the drive belt and start spraying oil everywhere,,,,this is a N20 engine,,,,I know I have talked about this till I’m blue in the face,,,,your typical cheap oil filter and o-ring.image  This is what’s left of the oil filter,,,,the whole oil filter fell in to pieces,,,,,it just came apart in my hands,,,,,notice the bad green oil filter o-rings,,,,I don’t know how many of these I have seen with this green o-ring that is not working,,,,the o-ring is to soft rubber and gets real rubbery,,,,and looses it’s shape,,,,please don’t use cheap oil filters it’s not worth it ok.

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6 Responses to Cheap oil filter

  1. What’s your take on all the filter paper and crud plugging up the clean oil passages?
    This is why you never buy a used BMW unless there’s proof of dealership oil changes!

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    • It’s the stupid cheap oil filter out there,,,,you can buy a good German brand oil filter for a couple dollars more,,,,it when they go to the jiffy lube,,,cheap oil change places,,,,you get what you pay for.

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  2. Actually a lot of times you don’t. I’ve seen many garages charge $129 for a BMW oil change which costs $130 at the dealer. Junk filter one used on a friends car, Pro-Guard value line from Wix, disintegrated within 7500 miles. I advised her to get rid of that car as I can’t imagine that disintegrated paper chunks in the oil passages is too good for oil flow. Ever see paper build up in the holes when you’re taking apart failed engines?

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  3. Ned says:

    No matter what car, it is always a good idea to get the filter from the dealer. Original filters are built to a spec while aftermarket ones are built to a price. Really enjoy your blog, coming from 18 years in an E39 and now with a 2013 328i….Ned

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