If your Subaru didn't have an oil filter, its oil pump, the pump's bearings, and plenty of other components would start to wear out, and fast. There's a lot to get to know about them, especially as pertains making the right buying decision for your car or SUV. Luckily, you can learn it all right here.
Subaru Oil Filters FAQ
What Do They Do?
It's straightforward: they collect infiltrates in motor oil - those from its production process, plus whatever else builds up while the oil lubricates engine parts.
What are the Parts of One?
Aside from the filter medium, there's also a housing and a gasket.
Most oil filter housings, you can find somewhere in the engine bay, usually right next to the engine cover. The housing both holds the oil filter and connects it to the engine.
Oil filter housing gaskets, though, are rubber attachments, which help seal off the filter and keep oil from spilling out of it. They're used as plugs, basically, for both kinds of oil filters -- external and internal.
Where the oil filter assembly itself is located, however, varies. You usually access it from underneath the compartment, but to do so, you may need to take out an undertray. On some Subaru models, however, it may be accessible from above the bay. Check your owner's manual for the final word on this.
When Do You Change It?
Unfortunately, no oil filters are permanent. Their media can clog over time, or wear out because of age, making it less able to capture contaminants effectively. Their housing gaskets can become brittle and crack, leading to oil leaks, a drop in oil pressure, and, invariably, an engine oil warning light on the dash. Both can cause a marked reduction in engine performance.
You can avoid these problems, though. Just be sure to change your oil filter regularly, every 3,000 miles or every 3 months or so, according to most owner's manuals. That means during an oil change or during every other one.
How Do You Tell What Fits Your Vehicle?
It's easy: check your maintenance info for a mention of the right thread and gasket sizes. It's critical to use a filter that meets both criteria. That's because putting one in that's the wrong size can, like a bad housing gasket, also cause an oil leak. Worse yet, a filter that doesn't fit can come off the oil pump, and this often results in some seriously expensive engine damage.
When it's replacement time, do right by your car or SUV: order an oil filter made by Subaru. You can take care of it online, at our auto parts store.
Why is a Genuine OEM Oil Filter the Best Choice for a Subaru?
The answer's uncomplicated: one made by the brand you love will be the right size for the model you love. The same goes for its housing and gaskets. That's a compatibility guarantee.
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