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How To Choose the Right Oil Filter for Your Car


Selecting the right oil filter for your vehicle is essential for engine cleanliness and longevity. Amidst the array of options at auto parts stores, remember that your vehicle likely requires a specific type and size of filter. That leaves you to decide on the performance level.

According to Jeff Wang of VSARS Filters, your choice should reflect not just your vehicle type but also your driving habits. Heavy-duty trucks require filters capable of withstanding high temperatures and strenuous conditions. Whereas everyday commuter cars may suffice with less robust options, especially if adhering to recommended oil change intervals.

Determining the correct oil filter involves consulting your owner’s manual or conducting a quick online search for the part number. You can then cross reference that number for compatibility with various brands. Oil filters play a critical role in safeguarding the engine from harmful particles, preventing premature wear and failure.

Filters are broadly categorized as primary or secondary. Primary filters, such as spin-on filters, are the most common. Spin-on filters feature internal threads matching the engine’s oil filter port and are easily replaced with an appropriate oil filter wrench. Cartridge filters, less common but increasingly used in modern engines, require additional steps for servicing due to their design.

Commercially available oil filters are compatible with conventional, synthetic blend, or full synthetic oils. It’s recommended to change the oil filter with every oil change, typically performed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, though modern synthetic oils may allow for longer intervals. Ensure that the selected filter can accommodate extended mileage intervals.

Proper installation is paramount. Whether installing a spin-on or cartridge filter, attention to detail, such as cleaning the mating surface, lubricating the gasket, in addition to torquing the cap to manufacturer specifications, ensures a secure fit and prevents leaks.


Adhering to the manufacturer’s recommendations for oil filter selection and maintenance is crucial for optimal engine performance and longevity. Jeff Wang underscores the importance of choosing the right filter without compromising on quality or compatibility.

About the Expert: Jeff Wang is an expert in automotive filtration technology specialist who focuses on oil filters and fuel filters as the global sales director at VSARS Filter.

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