Thursday, August 22, 2013

changing the oil filter comparison, old car (my 1969 R/T) vs new car (my 2012 Hyundai Veloster)

above, a 426 cubic inch max wedge 8 cylinder , below, a 1.2 liter 4 cylinder

the old engine has an oil filter location right in front where you can see it and reach your arm in and unscrew it, and remove the filter, from either above the bumper or below

but below, the Veloster doesn't even have enough room for a hand to wrap around and grip the oil filter

 so you have to use tools like these on a new car with such limited area around the filter, and the bottom wrench is great, I use it a lot, and recommend it
a word about oil filter tools, the upper right aluminum filter socket? Might be the best at getting an oil filter off your engine. Also, in tight spaces, it can't be beat. Now, keep in mind you can pay more for oil filters that have a nut welded onto the cap, they are 10 dollars more, every time you replace them, or you can buy the 4 dollar range filter and only get one of these filter sockets once. The upper left tool? Useless, but I don't throw away tools, and it was handy to have to use as an example of a tool I won't bother using and don't recommend

another big difference, I have no space under the old car to get the oil pan (above) and have to get the floor jack and jackstands to get the drain plug to flow into the oil pan.... but the new car has lots of clearance and no jack w/ jack stands are needed

 Size of the new Purolator oil filter relative to a normal 12 oz Coke can. It's a big one! This filter must hold at least half a quart of oil, (this is the PL30001 for big block Mopars)

and there you can see the oil filter mount on the engine block, and it's leaking into a big trans pan under the car... because I need that big catch pan to stop the old car from marking it's territory with horsepower sweat
I bought a Purolator after learning that they are said to be the inventors of the oil filter, and Wikipedia backs that up...   in 1923 two inventors named their oil filtering device the Purolator. How about that!
Ford and Chrysler have given the Purolator awards for quality, and it's an ISO 14001 certified company: 
So, what's in an oil filter that makes some cost 15 dollars, and others 4 dollars? points out the two valves, by-pass, and anit-drain back, plus the filter material are big factors

1 comment:

  1. Be careful with those wrenches like the aluminum one you show above. There are two sizes that are just barely different. If you get the wrong one, it may be stuck on your filter forever. Ours almost was!