Your Honda engine depends on clean motor oil running through it to cool and lubricate the various engine parts. The problem is that even the freshest of motor oil still contains impurities. Those can collect on the engine parts if they're able to sneak in. That's a recipe for engine trouble down the road.
How Your Oil Filter Works
A factory oil filter strains the impurities out of the motor oil before it runs into the engine. Since motor oil also collects engine contaminants on its route, the filter also collects those to keep the oil as fresh and pristine as possible. The clean oil is then free to return to the engine and work its magic all over again. However, even the top-quality original oil filter that came with your vehicle will eventually degrade or start to get clogged. That's bad news.
Signs of a Failing Oil Filter
Your owner's manual will detail your recommended maintenance schedule. However, if you experience any of these signs, check your oil filter:
- Dashboard low oil pressure light comes on
- Sputtering engine
- Dirty exhaust
- Reduced engine performance
- Metallic clanging coming from your engine
If you don't have any of these pop up, then consider a routine of replacing your oil filter every other time you change your motor oil. The best filter for the job is one from the OEM, since it's sure to fit right out of the box. A generic filter may not seal completely, which leads to oil leaks and possible engine damage. Our online auto parts center only sells genuine Honda oil filters, so you know you'll find what you need in our inventory. Order today and cross that task off of your to-do list.
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