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Synthetic Oil Filters vs Regular Oil Filters

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Synthetic Oil Filters vs Regular Oil Filters

Early automobile engines didn’t use oil filters, or air filters for that matter. For this reason frequent oil changes were a must. Motor oil quality wasn’t really that important in those days, anyway. It was the discarded by-product of processes designed to create other products from crude oil, like fuel, benzene and other petrochemicals.

The first oil filters were simple, generally consisting of a screen placed at the oil pump intake in order to keep mice, cockroaches and other debris from getting churned inside the pistons. (OK, just checking to see if you’re paying attention.) It was, however, a fairly crude setup.

In 1923, a pair of American inventors, George Greenhalgh and Ernest Sweetland, filed a patent for a new kind of oil filter that they called the Purolator, which became a handle for “pure oil later.” The Purolator oil filter was the first oil filter invented specifically for cars, generating a whole new industry – the oil filtration aftermarket.

To many people, oil filters are a generic product. Price is the only factor considered when they choose a filter. But just as today’s engines have become increasingly sophisticated, so have many of today’s oil filters. They may look much the same on the outside, but what’s inside can make a big difference.

Oil filters are not created equal

A couple weeks ago I shared a lexicon of filter terms.

It’s true that some things are overpriced, like movie theater popcorn, but more often than not the other side of the coin is true: you get what you pay for. That is, quality costs more than going on the cheap. All kinds of sayings come to mind, like “Don’t be penny wise and pound foolish.” Cars cost a pretty penny these days, even used ones if you want something reliable, so I suggest thinking twice before going cheap on maintenance.

An oil filter’s job is to capture contaminants and hold them prisoner.

Let’s start with the filter media

As the oil circulates through the engine, it picks up contaminants. The filter’s assignment is to capture these contaminants and hold them prisoner, so to speak. Some of these contaminants come from the atmosphere, some from wear and some are byproducts of combustion.

The challenge for filter manufacturers is to use filter media that is porous enough to allow good oil flow, but not so impermeable that it blocks flow and causes oil starvation. It’s a big challenge, especially in racing applications, which is why so many manufacturers of auto aftermarket products are involved in racing. Racing pushes product performance to its limits, and manufacturers learn the stress points of engine components, lubricant capabilities and filters, among other things.

The four oil filter families

Filters come in four basic families.

  • Standard oil filters sold at most oil-change facilities
  • High-performance filters
  • Racing filters
  • Synthetic-media filters

AMSOIL Ea® Oil Filters feature advanced full-synthetic media that traps and holds a greater quantity of small, wear-producing contaminants compared to conventional filters. Because AMSOIL Signature Series Synthetic Motor Oil is designed for a longer drain interval – 25,000 miles/one year/700 hours (whichever comes first) – we recognized the need to offer filters capable of protecting for an extended service life while reducing wear.

Other areas where there can be a quality difference include the gaskets, the canister itself, the back-plate and the all-important anti-drainback valve. But the media itself is the heart of the filter’s effectiveness, or ineffectiveness. If you do a search and read forums on this topic, you’ll find stories about bunched-up material clogging oil passages and see photos of other horrors leading to a filter’s early demise. At one forum, I saw a photo where the filter looked like it had been twisted in a blender (the canister had been removed to reveal this inner destruction.) More startling, though, was that in the background was a fairly new Cadillac. Why would people go top drawer on a car and low-ball it with the filter?

All that to say that there are some pretty good reasons to choose a quality filter. There are already enough problems in the world. Why worry about your filters doing what they are supposed to do.

Find an AMSOIL Ea Oil Filter for My Vehicle

Perfect Pairing:Signature Series Motor Oil and Ea® Oil Filters

Amsoil 100% Synthetic Oil

Perfect Pairing:Signature Series Motor Oil and Ea® Oil Filters

 Combining premium motor oil with a premium oil filter is necessary for total engine protection.

Complete engine protection is a team sport. The long-term effectiveness of a quality motor oil is often hindered by poor filtration. At the same time, the superior capabilities of a premium oil filter remain unrealized when combined with a sub-par motor oil. A pairing of top-quality oil and filtration is required for best results, especially with the advanced technology found in modern vehicles.

Protecting the Latest Technology

Variable Valve Timing (VVT)

The majority of vehicles rolling off the assembly line today feature variable valve timing (VVT). Every component in the system must function properly in order to advance or retard valve timing at the correct intervals. The solenoid pictured, from a 3.5L Ford* EcoBoost* engine, contains openings .007 of an inch across, which is about the thickness of two sheets of paper. The slightest amount of deposits in these openings can restrict oil flow and negatively affect the system.

AMSOIL Signature Series Synthetic Motor Oil resists deposits and sludge, while the superior efficiency of Ea Oil Filters traps and holds any existing deposits that could compromise VVT components. ­

Turbochargers

Turbochargers are predicted to be in most new passenger cars/light trucks by 2020. This technology increases engine efficiency and performance, but at the cost of elevated engine temperatures. Low-quality motor oil increases the risk for high-temperature bearing deposits that lead to reduced turbocharger performance or failure.

Signature Series 5W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil protects against harmful deposits on turbochargers 4X better than Mobil 1® Extended Performance and 3.6X better than Royal Purple® in industry-standard testing**. AMSOIL Ea Oil Filters are engineered to maintain the higher oil flow rate of modern engines, sending the appropriate amount of filtered oil to the turbocharger’s vital bearing. Bearing clearances, in general, have become tighter, making filter efficiency even more important to prevent engine damage.

Tag Team Protection

Working in tandem, AMSOIL Signature Series Motor Oil and AMSOIL Ea Oil Filters provide complete engine protection. Signature Series Motor Oil withstands the rigors of extreme heat and resists deposits and sludge, while Ea Oil Filters provide the capacity and efficiency that today’s advanced engine components require.

The Long Run

Turbochargers and VVT systems are here to stay. AMSOIL products are uniquely positioned to meet the challenges they present.
Signature Series Synthetic Motor Oil

  • Provides 75 percent more engine protection against horsepower loss and wear than required by a leading industry standard ***
  • Maximum cleanliness
  • Exceptional extreme-temperature protection

AMSOIL Ea Oil Filters

  • Filtering efficiency of 98.7 percent at 20 microns
  • Greater capacity than competing filter brands
  • Maximum efficiency without restricting flow
  • Extended service life

 

VVT solenoids often contain tiny oil-flow passages that can easily clog with deposits if maintenance is neglected or low-quality oil or filters are used.

*All trademarked names and images are the property of their respective owners and may be registered marks in some countries. No affiliation or endorsement claim, express or implied, is made by their use. All products advertised here are developed by AMSOIL for use in the applications shown.

**Based on independent, third-party testing of AMSOIL® Signature Series 5W-30, Mobil1® Extended Performance 5W-30 and Royal Purple® API 5W-30 in the ASTM D6335 bench test required by the API SN Resource Conserving specification.

***Based on independent testing of AMSOIL Signature Series 5W-30, in ASTM D7320 as required by API SN specification.

AMSOIL Cold Air Intake – Induction Air Filters

AMSOIL EAAU Induction Air Filters

Amsoil EAAU Air Filter Selection

Cold Air Intake System Replacement Filters – EAAU

AMSOIL Ea Universal Air Induction Filters Designed to replace stock oil-wetted gauze or foam conical filters that were supplied with custom induction systems produced by K&N, Injen, S&B, Green, AIRAID, AFE, TrueFlow and more. Offer better efficiency, excellent airflow and are cleanable. No longer do you have to look all over or order online to get what you need. These are all kept in stock at the 12th St. Sioux Falls store. Or call me at 800-579-0580 so I can match it for you.
Use PART NUMBER and sizing chart below to select filter.

 “One of my favorite AMSOIL products because it once again adds a unique touch to a common product and unlike the oils, it’s visually pleasing as well. We get a lot of feedback from users of these. Take your old oil wetted gauze and hold it over a lamp, then compare to this – or even better take an oil test with the oiled type, then with the AMSOIL intake filter and see the reduction of dirt.. “

More Cold Air = More Horsepowe; AMSOIL Air Filters Flow!

The basic purpose of the air intake system and these cold air intake filters is to bring cool air from outside the engine compartment into the engine. The cooler air is denser than the air found within the hot engine compartment. The denser charge contains more oxygen than warmer air, providing better combustion through a more effective air/fuel mixture.

Another advantage of most specialty-equipment cold air intakes is their consistent diameters and the absence of sharp bends, both of which help to eliminate turbulence in the air stream.

Electron Microscope shot of the synthetic filter mediaefficiency air flow chart

Large and Growing Market of Cold Air Intake Kits

According to research done by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), a new air intake system is among the first modifications a consumer makes to his or her vehicle. Since changing the air filter alone cannot eliminate air restriction built into the vehicle at the factory, replacing the factory air flow assembly includes replacing the filter, air box and air path. SEMA reports sales of air intakes are over 300,000 every year.

While intake kits were initially sold only for performance-type applications, they are now also being marketed and used as a way to boost fuel economy in SUVs, minivans, trucks and more.

AMSOIL EaAU is Absolute Efficiency

AMSOIL Ea Air Induction Filters fit most of the popular intake systems available. They provide improved cold air intake and a level of engine protection only an Ea Filter can provide. AMSOIL is currently offering nine Ea Air Induction Filters with varying lengths and widths. These filters have flange IDs of 3?, 3.5?, 4?, 4.125?, 4.5? and 6?. Since these filters offer a universal fit, AMSOIL provides the dimension sheet below that customers can use to determine the proper filter for their applications. Customers can easily match the best filter for their application.

Cold Air induction filter installed in Mini Cooper with preFilter cover.

Cleanable with air or shop vacuum

The AMSOIL Ea Cold Air intake Filter is cleanable and long lasting. AMSOIL recommends cleaning the Ea Air Induction Filter when designated by the restriction gauge if the vehicle is so equipped, or according to operating conditions. If it is used in extremely dusty environments or in a performance vehicle, more frequent cleanings may be required. Just clean yearly between 15,000 or 25,000 mile intervals.

Cleaning the Dry Intake Air Filters:

Carefully remove the filter from the housing. Clean the housing with a shop towel, being careful not to knock contaminants into the air inlet. Filters can be cleaned by carefully vacuuming the filter media on the dirty side, or by holding the filter with one hand and carefully blowing the filter media at a 45-degree angle on the clean side using low-pressure shop air (15-20 lbs. psi).

Air Filter match to K&N

Unique Design

To increase filter surface area and the volume of air entering the engine, the top of many popular Ea Air Induction Filters (EaAU) is cut away. The media is inserted in a conical form pointing toward the direction of airflow.

Nanofiber compared to cellulose

Comparing typical filter media to ours.

Filters in stock in Sioux Falls now. Compare price! the AMSOIL Sioux Falls store is at 4610 W. 12th Street. Just down the hill from H&H Chevrolet next to the Wendy’s.

 Online Ordering you can use this link.

We also have carburetor air filter kits. Check out the Blue Nanofiber Quality. Also available in the Sioux Falls Store.

Racing and carburetor cold air intake filtersAMSOIL Ea Carbureted Engine Air Filters & Kits Specially designed for racing and street rod enthusiasts who desire Ea protection in carbureted applications. Designed for use with carbureted engines that use a 14-inch round element air cleaner housing. Cleanable and reusable. Use PART NUMBER drop down to select.  A 12 inch replacement filter and prefilter cover is also available for existing air filter housings as well.

AMSOIL Ea® Racing Air Filters (EaAR) are specially designed for racing and street rod enthusiasts who desire AMSOIL quality and protection in carbureted applications. AMSOIL Ea Racing Air Filters are constructed with nanofiber technology. This synthetic media ranks among the most efficient available and provides better airflow and more capacity than cellulose filters.

Expanded Applications
AMSOIL custom Ea Racing Air Filter assemblies are designed for racing applications. They incorporate high performance design and excellent airflow in addition to the high efficiency afforded by AMSOIL Ea synthetic technology. These custom-engineered air filters are designed for use with carbureted engines that use a 14? round air-cleaner housing. The kits feature the common 14? diameter carburetor plate, air filter and high-airflow lid along with a 2?, 3?, 4?, 5? or 6?-high filter. Replacement filters, airflow lids and carburetor plates are also available individually.

Ea Airflow Lids
AMSOIL Ea Racing Air Filter Kits provide racers with more power through Ea airflow lids. The airflow lids are constructed using AMSOIL Ea synthetic media, providing additional filtration area. They feature a polished aluminum trim ring with AMSOIL logos etched on the surface. Not only do Ea airflow lids add filter area, they actually redirect air inside the filter to pull more air through the side pleats for even greater performance efficiency. AMSOIL Ea Racing Air Filter kits provide more airflow than competing assemblies.

For more on sizing for these units follow this link to the carburetor air cleaner sets.