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I'm guessing we don't like Fram filters here

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I read the same things about Fram, but only after using them for 20 years and having dozens of vehicles go 200k + miles using them. In my opinion, experience trumps all else. I won't use anything else.
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By all accounts things at Fram have changed... best not to get caught up in nostalgia.
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I just searched NAPA and found they carry MANN and MAHLE oil, fuel and air filters. Cool. No shipping charges, pick up at store. I hope.
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If you want to know about oil filters, cut some open.
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If you want to know about oil filters, cut some open.
...or just use Mann or Mahle. It's cheaper
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Like I said before - I always cut mine open (never with a saw though).

With a high quality filter its quite hard, I peel the wrapped end joint apart with pliers - with a cheap one this is surprisingly easy. Then I disect the element - usually they still put up a little fight - unroll the filter media and look for what might be in there.

You discover:

1) Its not so easy to do...
2) How well constructed the filters bodies are
3) That oil is very messy, certainly doesn't all drain out of the filter - and gets everywhere
4) How well constructed the filter element itself is
5) Exactly how dirty your oil was (how long was it in there again...)
6) And expecially if there are any unexpected contents in the filter (please no metal flakes..)

I think a TBF failure would likely manifest itself in some visible metal from crank/block contact (shaving) before the engine was fully toasted - and thus may be detectable.

Not an issue for me on my manual car though...

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I quit using FRAM fifteen years ago.
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Good to know NAPA carries the Mahle and Mann filters. I will check with my local NAPA here in town.

I would not take any car to a Jeffy or fast lube place. Nothing but kids working there. They screwed up my Taurus Tranny pan. Tightened the bolts too much and it leaked like crazy. After returning it for a fix, I finally did it myself, took the pan off again, straightened the pan lip and reinstalled.....fixed!

As for oil, go by the manual. Different weight for different climate.

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