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Best Oil Filter Brand

Im getting ready to do my first oil change on my 87 944, I am still undecided on what Oil filter to use. Which do you guys use

Fram
Mobil 1
Genuine PORSCHE
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Also is Mobil 1 15-50 OK ???
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has the special 'no dry start' valve



I think Mobil 1 may have the same thing but at 2x the price
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Do not put Fram into any vehicle you care about.

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You should have made it a poll!

I vote Mahle or Mobil 1
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What about the black 'Bosch' ones? I was told that those were OEM?
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iF it ain't broke don't fix it.

The most important thing is to

1> change oil regularly
2> use the correct and good grade of oil
3> occasionally flush out system
4> dont put add-in's

as long as you do that, your Porsche will do the rest.

just get an OEM part, no problems !
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I buy Mahle filters here at Pelican.
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Quote:
Originally posted by adrian jaye
The most important thing is to

1> change oil regularly
2> use the correct and good grade of oil
3> occasionally flush out system
4> dont put add-in's

as long as you do that, your Porsche will do the rest.
In response to your points...

1. Once a year, about 5-7k miles
2. Mobil one, red cap 15w/50
3. Not needed if 1, 2 and 4 are followed
4. I agree.

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This subject is always fun. Like engine oil, it brings out a certain "loyalty factor" in all of us. Here is an interesting study of several different filter brands and manufacturers. I'm sure it's been posted before as have others but it makes good reading

http://www.frankhunt.com/FRANK/corvette/articles/oilfilterstudy/oilfilterstudy.html
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we use Wix in our race engines and have never had a failure caused by crappy oil or what ever - so I just go with Wix. Every engine that has ever come into my friends machine shop that has been caked up with tar in the lifter valley, we have found that the customer had used penzoil or quaker. These oils have parafin added to them - what the hell were they thinking?
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Cup Wrench for strap wrench for filter removal ?
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I prefer K&N oil filters, they have the hex-head top so you can put a socket on there.

Also, replace oil filter with every oil change. Reccommended to use 20W50 oil, most of us run synthetic and/or synthetic 15W50.
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shouldnt need any type of wrench to take the filter off if it is put on correctly - hand tight only!
increase the weight of the oil you use as you increase mileage - especially high mileage!
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Yeah...but getting my huge hands around the filter!!!

Not a whole lot of room in there

BTW..I use Bosch filters
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Well, it was either use a socket to tighten the filter on, or a big hose-wrench... the kind that's a metal strap that goes around and you buckle the handle and turn (tool reccommended in the haynes manual for removal). Freaking thing would always slide off...
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Been confused about this a bit myself.

I think the manuals say to 'hand tighten only'...

What the hell makes these things so hard to remove....just the heat cycling I guess..?
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But what exactly constitutes "hand tight"? I work in the basement at a Jiffy Lube, and I get in filters that vary from an easy turn of the wrist to veins bulging out of your forehead and eventually to tools. Granted, if we can't get it with our hands, it's usually because there was no oil on the gasket. And when we put em on it's by hand as well, but most normal people won't get it off without tools.

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What the hell makes these things so hard to remove....just the heat cycling I guess..?
That, and also if there was no oil applied to the gakset--they can be hell to get off. I've taken off filters that were on so tight I had to put a strap on it, brace my legs on the wall and push off the wall with my quads--no fun.

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shouldnt need any type of wrench to take the filter off if it is put on correctly - hand tight only!
Not neccessiarly, hand tight to you, and hand tight to me are different. "Hand tight" varies from person to person not only in strength, but in how used to the stress your hands are. Lots of people would struggle with filters that Chachi and I crack all day long, and a large part of it is how used to high stress level your hands are. Save your hands, use tools.

How much do you guys "hand tighten"? I know I tighten mine the same way I do it at work, tight as hell. Just my opinions after another day at work.
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I tighten my filter by hand pretty tight then I back it off a little. It never leaks and always comes off easily. All you need to do is seat the gasket not crush it to death.
I have cussed at many Quicky Lube places for hiring a gorilla to install filters. It is always the first oil change that I do on a new used car i purchase. what a pain!

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