The engine at the heart of your GM car, SUV, pickup, or van relies on clean motor oil to lubricate the many moving parts. Unfortunately, even the freshest motor oil still contains impurities left over following the production process, as well as any pollutants produced as a result of friction between those parts. Fortunately, though, your vehicle has an oil filter to help with that. Working much like your fuel filter and air filters do, your oil filter removes those harmful particulates.
The oil pump pushes oil through the filter, where the fibers trap and collect the contaminants. Oil continues to flow freely to the engine where it can do what it does best. Eventually, though, your oil filter will get too blocked up to effectively collect the pollutants. That's not good, since your engine's at risk of getting choked with material.
How to Spot a Failing Oil Filter
Signs of trouble include:
- Low oil pressure
- Dirty exhaust emissions
- Metallic sounds coming from the engine
- Sputtering engine
Choose Genuine GM Oil Filters
To avoid problems, replace your oil filter regularly. Your owner's manual details your recommended schedule, but you should expect to replace your oil filter every other time you change your oil. When you do need a new oil filter, demand one made by your manufacturer. They're guaranteed to be compatible with your model and its engine, delivering the proper gasket seal you need to avoid leaks or potential engine damage. Find everything you need for the job right here in our online auto parts catalog, in stock and ready to ship. Buy now to save time and money!
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