WIX Filters : Oil Filters
Not trusting that there is not a stacked gasket under the new oil filter from some earlier oil change, I have to replace the oil filter and use mirrors or find some way to inspect and clean the seating surface. If I am going to be doing all that work I want to be putting on the best filter.
What is the BEST filter?
How do you figure it out? I looked on the web. Most data was old but there seemed to be a procedure for disassembly and inspection.
I asked a friend at work. He said:
"The best filter is the filter that is most likely to get you to change your oil every 3000 miles."
After reflecting, that made a lot of sense, so please find pictures and commentary to help you choose the best filter for your: Honda, Mazda, Nissan, Infiniti, Mitsubishi or Acura. They all use the same small oil filter.
Since I am not enthusiastic about changing the oil filter on my Element, and I don't expect that anyone else is either, I want a filter that will:
Hey, that is about the total height of the Honda gasket? Further, the small diameter of the filter makes it a bit more difficult to spin the filter and let it coast until the gasket just touches the seating surface. This used to be the standard way to figure out where to start the 3/4 turns of compression prescribed by the manufacturer.
I choose the NAPA NASCAR Select going forward on this Honda Element.
It may be the least expensive oil filter with a by-pass valve located at the entrance and it provides a generous tolerance for gasket compression without running the filter can into the engine block. It also has that spin flow marketing. I think they biased the technology a bit more towards value than performance in the automotive filter product line (in the over the road truck products they leaned the other way), but I'm fine with that. This product meets my needs.