Matthew & Kerry Haugen
Madison, WI & Deerfield
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If you have ever looked through the ever growing list of fees that your mechanic charges during your regular visits then you have likely noticed one recurring item - oil filter replacement. An oil filter replacement is one of the most common maintenance tasks your mechanic will do. However, if you are like most motorists, apart from guessing its purpose from the name, you aren't really sure how it works or why you need to keep paying for a replacement.

How Important Is Your Oil Filter

If learning more about your oil filter, including what it does, how it works, and why you need to replace it interests you, MKH Performance, LLC can help. Along with supplying a range of engine oil products for motorists to perform a synthetic oil change, we also have a range of oil filters available and have prepared some easy to understand information on how they operate.

First - a Basic Explanation of What Your Engine Oil Does

You may know your engine oil by other names, such as motor oil or engine lubricant. Whichever name, it provides a crucial task. Your engine oil coats the metal components inside your engine in a protective and slippery layer of oil. This coating stops all of these metal parts from clashing against each other and causing damage, such as shaving away small pieces of metal.

Next - What Happens Without Engine Oil?

Synthetic engine oil does an excellent job of lubricating the processes inside your engine. However, it does have a limited lifespan. When it begins to degrade, the once thorough layer of lubrication is diminished, and your engine parts are forced to scrape against each other, causing damage as they operate. When this happens, small pieces of metal are scraped away from each part. Once they are scraped off, they travel through your engine where they can cause further damage and actively restrict components inside your engine from operating optimally.

Now - on to Your Oil Filter

The role of an oil filter is to trap these metal shavings, along with other types of debris and contaminants that are present in your oil flow and prevent them from continuously circulating where they can cause extensive damage. To give you a very crude example, imagine a soda can which is full of stuffing. At one end of the can is a hole where oil enters, and at the other, a secondary hole for oil to exit. As your engine operates, oil enters through the first hole and is pushed through the stuffing, which is actually called media, and then exits the secondary hole. During this process, the media inside the can (your oil filter) catches any impurities and only allows filtered oil to exit. Once the filtered oil has exited your oil filter, it is made available to your engine to be used again. The above example is not an accurate description of your oil filter. However, it gives you a general understand of the role your oil filter plays. To minimize the amount of debris that your oil filter needs to capture, it is crucial that you use a high-quality oil when performing a synthetic oil change. To ensure you are using a high-quality oil, speak with MKH Performance, LLC at (608) 239-3212 and let an expert provide you with the right product.

What Happens When Your Oil Filter Gets Full?

Like all parts inside your engine, an oil filter doesn't last forever. If you continue with our above example, you can imagine the stuffing becoming clogged once too much debris has been captured. When this occurs, instead of filtering your oil, it allows unfiltered oil to recirculate through your engine. This unfiltered oil can contain the impurities mentioned above. With this information and example, it becomes apparent why the service of replacing your oil filter is a regular occurrence on your mechanic's bill. And while there is no way to make an oil filter last forever, there is a way to increase how long it lasts.

Help Your Oil Filter Last Longer With a Synthetic Oil Change in Cottage Grove

To help extend the lifespan of your oil filter, you need to take steps to prevent the debris and contaminants from occurring in the first place. The easiest way to do this is with a synthetic oil change. When you perform a synthetic oil change, your car's engine parts are coated with a high-quality lubricant which prevents the type of damage that leads to debris entering your oil flow. Additionally, regular oil and oil filter changes can help increase your fuel efficiency. If you are unsure which is the best engine lubricant to use, speak with MKH Performance, LLC at (608) 239-3212 and speak about the make and model of your vehicle. With a wide range of high-quality AMSOIL products to choose from, we can ensure you get the right one for your vehicle to take full advantage of the benefits a synthetic oil change can provide.

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