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Do I Need to Change My Filter Every Time I Get An Oil Change?

It’s standard procedure to get your oil filter replaced whenever you bring your car in for an oil change. In fact, at many automotive centres, a filter replacement is built into the price of your oil change. But is it truly necessary to swap out your oil filter this often? Here’s what you need to know about changing your oil filter.

Mechanic changing a dirty oil filter

What your oil filter does

Motor oil plays an important role in keeping your engine running. It lubricates engine parts and thereby improves engine performance and longevity. But did you know that a clean oil filter is essential to this process?

The oil filter has the task of removing grit, grime and flecks of metal from the motor oil. When these particles aren’t filtered out, they can scrape and scratch engine components and even clog the system, thereby reducing the engine’s lifespan and potentially leading to costly repairs. A well-functioning oil filter ensures that only clean oil comes into contact with the engine’s moving parts.

 

Frequency of oil filter changes

If you consult the owner’s manual that came with your car, chances are it will tell you to change your oil filter somewhere between every 9,000 and 16,000 kilometres. However, many mechanics and auto experts advise staying on the safe side and replacing your oil filter with every oil change. This way, you can get both these tasks done at once and you don’t risk hampering engine performance or causing damage to the components.

Also, there are various circumstances in which an oil filter needs to be changed ahead of schedule, specifically, if you regularly tow heavy loads or drive in harsh weather conditions, on dirt roads or in stop-and-go traffic. In addition, you should always bring your car in for an inspection if the check-engine light is illuminated on your dashboard. This may indicate that there’s a buildup of debris and grime in the engine or may signal another urgent engine problem.

 

Are you due for an oil and filter change?

For a full-service oil change in BC or Alberta, turn to the reliable mechanics at Minit-Tune & Brake. Our oil change maintenance package includes a filter change, brake inspection, tire rotation, fluid check and more. Contact us to schedule an appointment at one of our 18 locations across Vancouver and BC or to learn more about our comprehensive automotive services.

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