I remeber reading some where(I think it was the probe mailing list) quite some time ago not to use fram oil filters. If some one could remind me why not, I would apprecaite it. Was it because they use paperor somethnig?
Fram filters are bad because they dont use the correct filtering process. Supposedly they can not filter out all the toxins in the oil and cause damage down the road. For example it will cause the HLA's to malfunction so you get that great knocking sound even if you use synthetic. Now I could be wrong but this is what i read somewhere. Try DEUTCH
filters they seem to be ok. Ive heard good things about them. I hope that answers your ?
place magnets around the filter. your engine running makes fine metal particles that drain into your oil pan and then get thrown back up into the engine. these metal shards are so small that they get past the filter. after removing the magnetized filter for your next oil change, pull the magnets off and see what comes out....
I remember reading an article on the web somewhere that rated Fram's pretty low in comparison to a variety of other filters that were tested on a Probe GT. I believe the OEM Mazda brand filter was rated 2nd place...2nd only to some filter that could only be purchased in Europe or something like that.
Anyway, I use Mazda OEM filters on my MX-6 and never have had a problem with them.
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