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Shoreline, WA & Lynnwood
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There is no denying that regular visits to your mechanic are one of the best ways to keep your vehicle in good working order. However, have you ever looked at the list of services they provided and parts which were replaced and wondered what is all means?

How Does an Oil Filter Work?

If you are interested in learning about one important item that you regularly see on this list, then Progressive Products has a post which can help. Alongside providing high-quality engine lubricants for motorists, just like yourself, to perform their own synthetic oil change, Progressive Products also stock a range of high-quality AMSOIL oil filters. Knowing exactly how the products we stock work and how they can benefit our customers, we have prepared some information to share about your oil filter.

A Basic Understanding of What Your Engine Oil Does

The oil which runs through your engine is also known by a few names such as engine oil, engine lubricant, or motor oil. Whichever name you know it by, it serves one very important purpose to the operation of your engine. To provide lubrication to and a protective barrier between your engine's internal components. If you allow your oil level to run too low, or it has been too long since your last synthetic oil change, the effectiveness of this lubrication is reduced. This can lead to the internal components of your engine grinding against each other as they operate, causing such a high level of friction that they begin to scrape away small pieces of each. When these small pieces break away from your engine parts, they travel through your engine, causing further damage as they travel.

The Role of Your Oil Filter

The purpose of your oil filter is to collect debris such as these shavings and prevent them from continuing to circulate throughout your engine. If you are looking for a very basic and crude example: The best way to think of your filter is to imagine an empty soda can that has been filled with stuffing and has two holes placed in it. Through one hole, engine oil enters at high pressure where it is pushed through the stuffing inside before it exits the secondary hole. The role of the stuffing is to catch debris as the process occurs. Once the stuffing has done its job, clean oil exits the oil filter and is made available to your engine to use again. This is not an accurate description of your oil filter. However, it works to give you a good idea of how it operates. To prevent the occurrence of debris such as these shavings, it's important that you use a high-quality engine oil and perform a synthetic oil change on a regular cycle. A synthetic oil change is likely included in your mechanic's bill, however, is a task which you can perform at home. Speak with Progressive Products at (425) 483-2582 for expert information on which synthetic motor oil is best suited to the task.

What Happens When Your Oil Filter Becomes Full?

In the basic example above, it is easy to imagine that the stuffing inside (in the case of your oil filter, this is called fiber) can become clogged with debris. When this happens, the fiber is no longer able to perform its job and instead, dirt and debris polluted oil recirculates through your engine. If this is allowed to continue, the debris in your oil will flow through your engine and damage its internal components as it travels. In addition to this, this debris can also directly interfere with the operation each part, leaving you to experience a lower level of performance from your vehicle and a lower level of fuel efficiency.

Minimize Engine Component Breakdown With a Synthetic Oil Change in Edmonds

The lifespan of your engine oil and oil filter will vary depending on your driving conditions, driving style, and the make and model of your engine. If you are looking for a way to reduce the level of debris that it is required to collect, and the frequency at which you need to replace your oil filter, performing a regular synthetic oil change can ensure that your engine receives the best protection possible, limiting the amount of damage that your engine incurs. Along with performing a synthetic oil change, replacing your oil filter is a task which you can do at home if you have the right safety equipment and the right products. To ensure you use the correct high-quality engine oil and oil filter for your vehicle, speak with Progressive Products at (425) 483-2582 and let us know the details of your car.

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