How Often Should You Replace Your Engine Oil Filter?

engine oil capWe’ve all been told that you should replace the oil in your engine about every 3,000 miles or three months, whichever comes first. But what about the oil filter? Did you even know there was such a thing?

Luckily for you and other drivers in the Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Newport Beach area, our team at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore in Irvine is well-versed on the subject and we’re sharing our hard-earned knowledge with you.

What Is the Engine Oil Filter?

Before we jump head first into how often you should replace your engine oil filter, it would be helpful to first explain what an engine oil filter does. As you might imagine, the oil filter is responsible for filtering the oil inside the engine.

Now you might be wondering how does the oil get dirty in the first place? The answer is friction. As the moving parts inside your engine continue to run and slide against each other, tiny bits of debris begin collecting in the oil. The oil filter catches these particles and keeps them from damaging other parts of your engine. If not for this handy filter and routine oil changes, your engine would likely overheat and seize. 

When to Replace the Oil Filter

replace oil filterThere are a lot of variables when it comes to deciding how often you should replace your engine filter. For instance, the overall quality of the filter can significantly affect its life span. Another factor is the vehicle’s driving conditions. If you frequently operate your vehicle under severe conditions, you’ll likely need to replace the oil filter more often.

As a general rule, most automobile manufacturers suggest that you replace the oil filter at least every other oil change. However, many experts recommended replacing the oil filter whenever you replace the oil to get the best possible performance from both.

However, if the check engine light comes on, it could be a sign that you need to change the oil filter soon. Your technician can tell you exactly what caused the light to turn on, but it’s not uncommon for a clogged oil filter to be the culprit, so make sure to have your vehicle thoroughly inspected.

Do You Need a New Oil Filter?

An old or clogged oil filter can greatly reduce your engine’s ability to operate effectively. That’s why it’s important to make sure that you change the oil and the filter regularly.

If you believe that your engine needs a new oil filter, schedule a service appointment at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore in Irvine. Our team of technicians uses high-quality parts and tools to complete every repair. Plus, with our Service Xpress, you could be back behind the wheel with a fresh oil filter in a matter of minutes.

If you live in the Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, or Newport Beach area, contact us today to schedule your next service appointment.

 

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