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Don’t Retighten a Lube or Oil Filter Once it has Been Installed.

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To avoid cross-threading DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN OR RETIGHTEN a filter. Follow These Proper Steps for Installation of Engine Lube Spin-on Filters

The spin-on engine lube filter is a commonly serviced component on your vehicle. To insure normal oil filter service life and to prevent oil leakage or possible internal engine damage, the following procedure should be followed when replacing spin-on engine lube filters.

Before Installation:

  • Unscrew and remove the old filter.
  • Remove the old filter gasket if still attached to the base.
  • Wipe the filter mounting base or head with a clean cloth.

To Install a Spin-on Lube Filter:

1. If manufacturer recommends, fill new filter with oil on the dirty side. Do not pour the oil down the clean oil centre tube.

2. Apply a thin film of clean motor oil to the new filter gasket. Do not use grease.

3. To avoid cross-threading, line up the filter threads to the mounting base/head carefully. Screw the new filter on until the gasket contacts the base.

4. Follow the instructions on the filter for final tightening torque specification. DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN.

5. Check the gasket of the new filter to be sure it is properly seated in the groove.

Note that not all filters require the use of tools for changing.

After Installation:

6. Be sure the oil reaches the full level on the dipstick.

7. Start engine and check for leaks around the oil filter and drain plug. Correct the source of leaks if any are observed.

8. Shut the engine off and recheck the oil level. Add oil if needed.

Always dispose of old oil and used filters responsibly.

Don’t Throw Away a Good Filter Just Because it Might Look Dirty.

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Don’t Throw Away a Good Filter Just Because it Might Look Dirty.

Although this air filter may look “dirty” – It can go plenty more miles. Installation of a restriction indicator can save you money and time.Why Service By Restriction?

Proper air cleaner servicing will result in maximum engine protection against the ravages of dust. Proper servicing can also save you time and money by increasing filter life and dust cleaning efficiency. By using proper filter restriction measurement tools you will use the full life of the filter at maximum efficiency. Don’t be fooled by filter appearance: it should look dirty.

The only way to determine when a filter is plugged or plugging is to measure the restriction on the system with the engine working at max airflow.

Two of the most common air cleaner servicing problems are:

1. Over-servicing: the least efficient time in the life of the filter is when it is new. Filter elements increase in efficiency as dust builds up on the media.

2. Improper servicing: your engine is highly vulnerable to abrasive dust contaminants during the servicing process when the filter is removed from the housing. A leading cause of engine damage is due to careless servicing procedures.

Watch Out for Old Compression Gaskets.

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Watch Out for Old Compression Gaskets. When changing any filter that has a gasket – use caution as old gaskets may stick.

A compression seal is a means of preventing migration of liquids, gases or solid contaminates across a joint or opening in an assembly or housing. A seal not only prevents the escape of fluid from inside and foreign material from entering the system from outside, but it must provide for easy installation and removal. A new gasket is critical for proper filter function.

Remember…

  • Remove used gaskets and clean the sealing area thoroughly
  • Always use a new gasket with a replacement filter
  • Over-tightening the filter may damage the head
  • Dispose of used filters properly

Fuel Filter Maintenance – Know Your Basics.

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Best practices for fuel filter maintenance intervals.

  • Drain water from your primary filter daily when refuelling.
  • Carry a spare set of fuel filters in case you receive a bad load of fuel.
  • Never switch to more open filters to get longer filter life – this will reduce fuel pump and injector life.
  • If using biodiesel, make certain your fuel supplier meets current fuel standards.
  • Ensure that your engine is compatible with the concentration (or percent) biodiesel you wish to use.
  • When using your own fuel tank, remember that removing contaminants before they reach the vehicle is the best. Therefore, it is best to use some type of bulk filtration.