Oil filters are not something we often think about when it comes to vehicle maintenance. More often than not, we’ll just stick to our car’s own original equipment (OE) parts, or – more realistically – whatever the workshop tells us.
While that’s generally a decent idea, the real world is far from perfect. A shoddy workshop may try to pull a fast one and use an inferior filter to earn more money, and if you do decide to purchase oil filters yourself, you run the risk of buying substandard or counterfeit items with no quality control.
An oil filter is a highly important component of your engine that maximises its performance and keeps it running smoothly, and using substandard or counterfeit products can potentially affect your engine’s reliability, or in some instances, safety. That’s why you should always demand for quality filters, like those from WIX.
WIX Filters started from humble beginnings in the United States in 1939, and the brand has since become one of the largest automotive filter manufacturers worldwide. The company was incorporated into the MANN+HUMMEL Group in 2016 and has continued to produce world-class filters for a wide variety of applications, leveraging on its many years of experience and modern production facilities.
How can you be sure of their high standards? Well, for one, all new WIX products undergo a series of tests carried out in their own and independent laboratories. WIX brand manufacturer has quality management systems that meet ISO 9001, IATF 16949 and ISO 14001:2015 environmental standards. The revolutionary spin-on oil filter you find in many modern cars today was also originally created and patented by WIX, back in 1954! This goes to show the history and quality and standards of WIX filters!
But first, what are oil filters, and why do you need to replace them regularly?
What is an oil filter?
Oil is often said to be the lifeblood of your engine. And the oil filter serves to keep it clean. What does the oil filter clean the oil from? Well, as the engine runs, by-products such as ash and sludge can form and deposit in the engine oil.
These, alongside other harmful contaminants such as metals and debris that may enter the system through multiple means in normal driving, can prevent your engine from working to its maximum potential, or at worst, cause permanent damage.
With a quality oil filter from WIX, most of these abrasive particles and harmful substances will be trapped in the filter media, keeping your engine oil clean for as long as possible, and allowing it to help your engine hum along nicely.
How often do you need to change your oil filter?
The common recommendation is to replace your oil filter every time you change your engine oil, which can range from 8,000 km to 15,000 km depending on your carmaker’s recommended service intervals.
This is because as the oil filter gets clogged up with debris contaminants, the flow of engine oil through the filter will also become increasingly restricted. Just like how we humans can’t function without blood, an engine without oil is also very, very bad news.
Fortunately, selected modern high quality oil filters such as WIX are designed with a bypass valve that will still allow the contaminated oil to pass through even if the filter is clogged, as it’s still better to have dirty oil circulating through your engine, than to deprive it of any lubrication!
That said, unfiltered dirty oil can cause irreparable damage to your engine, and that’s why it’s always a good idea to replace your oil filter regularly.
Why is it important to use a quality oil filter?
Have you ever tried getting fit on a terrible diet of junk food? It’s impossible. Similarly, poor oil quality leads to poor engine performance and could eventually cause serious engine damage. Poor oil quality is often the result of poor-quality oil filters as well.
A quality oil filter can effectively remove as many contaminants as possible. It also means better construction and tighter fit, keeping the filter at optimum operating conditions for a longer service life.
This could come in the form of better rubber seals to prevent leakages, wire backings behind the filter mesh to maintain integrity of the media, and better bypass valve designs to make sure your engine is never starved of oil.
What makes WIX oil filters high quality?
All WIX oil filters are designed with several important features and manufactured to meet the stringent manufacturers and regulatory standards.
The seal on a WIX oil filter is made of specially selected rubber to resist high oil temperatures, and precisely manufactured to ensure a correct level of tightness, reducing risk of leaks; the high-quality filtration medium is designed to be resistant against the aggressive chemical ingredients in synthetic oils, while the bypass valves are also specifically adjusted to each unique application.
Pair that to the specially designed anti-drain back valve made with high quality elastic material, you can be sure that your engine will always be properly lubricated, no matter the condition of your engine oil.
With more than 16,000 products on offer catering to passenger cars, trucks, buses, and heavy machines use cases, you can also be sure that there is a perfect WIX filter for your car.
WIX makes both spin-on and cartridge type oil filters to ensure compatibility with the widest range of Asian and Continental vehicles such as Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Perodua, Proton, Mercedes, BMW, Volkswagen, Audi, Volvo and more.
Before you make a purchase, though, be sure to find the right filter for your car through the WIX online eCatalog. Learn more about WIX filters and their wide range of products at its website, and follow them on Facebook and Instagram for their latest news.
WIX products can also be purchased at the following workshops:
- Kuala Lumpur – Wai Siong Auto Car Repair Workshop (+6016 576 5862)
- Kuala Lumpur – Enkai Automobile (+60 16 283 1540)
- Kuala Lumpur – Hock Bee Auto Service (+60 36 257 6778)
- Selangor – Kinstone Tyre Auto Service Sdn Bhd (+6012 226 0262)
- Perak – LB Garage (+6016 506 5921)
This advertorial is sponsored by MANN+HUMMEL