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Old 04-22-2009, 11:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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7.3 oil filters

have jad my 02 for just over a year now, i change my oil every three months, and have always used the ford oil filter at $24.00 a pop. Was in at the local liquidation store and bought a bunch of fram ones for $1.00 each,

after getting them home they look just like the ford on the inside, are they o.k. to use???
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First of all.. where are you buying motorcraft filters for $24.00??? i buy them at wal mart for $9.97 every time i change my oil... as far as the filters you bought, i wouldnt use anything but motorcraft, but thats JMO, im sure you will hear different as there are alot of great filters out there..
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This is just my .02, but I heard from my local auto parts dealer that I have an account with that Fram started recalling a lot of their filters due to failure (under normal operating conditions) and I was advised against purchasing from them until it could be rectified. Hopefully someone on here has more time and can link to information that agrees with his statement or disproves it. I would suggest calling to make sure that those are not apart of the recall. Some filters may have thinner metal used in the casing or slightly different plys of filter media. Either way I run Wix or Motorcraft filters and I have cut them open for comparison and didn't notice a difference.

Edit: This was about two to four weeks ago when I last purchased a filter.
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$9.97 at Wally World for the Motorcraft FL1995 filter.
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$9.97 at Wally World for the Motorcraft FL1995 filter.
There was a recent thread on the subject of why not to buy Fram regardless of their recall issues. They are not quality filters. They have different size oil holes and the glues they use don't remain in the filter evidently. I would search this forum to find all of the details.
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I just found the thread. It is called "how to service a diesel". Page 3 or four in this section Powerstroke engine and drivetrain. Look for posts from Smokeywren. He is very knowledgeable and gives excellent advice. He knows this subject well.
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have jad my 02 for just over a year now, i change my oil every three months, and have always used the ford oil filter at $24.00 a pop. Was in at the local liquidation store and bought a bunch of fram ones for $1.00 each,

after getting them home they look just like the ford on the inside, are they o.k. to use???
Trash can the Fram. You may lose a few bucks doing so , but save big bucks on engine repair. Those Frams can come apart inside and possible plug your lube system. Safest bet is Motorcraft, Wix or LuberFiner.

I personally use the filters from IH, the large ones, and only change it every other oil change, they hold an extra Qt. of oil. Good for 14,000 miles according to Blackstone oil check.
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Cut a fram filter open and you'll find paper. Don't us them.
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First of all.. where are you buying motorcraft filters for $24.00??? i buy them at wal mart for $9.97 every time i change my oil... as far as the filters you bought, i wouldnt use anything but motorcraft, but thats JMO, im sure you will hear different as there are alot of great filters out there..
The wallmart here interrace b.c canada ,only sells fram filters.and the dealer sells them for 24.00 a peice, and thats at 20% off for working at a gm dealership, i tried one of the gm acdelco ones but you can phsyically see that they are two differnt breeds, the holes inside are not even half the size and they weigh alot less, just trying to save a buck as i change my oil very frequently.

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$24?!?!? WITH A 20% DISCOUNT! Wow, they must've saw you coming with your gm shirt on or something, I buy the same Motorcraft ones as everybody else does at walmart for 9.97, even but the motorcraft oil too, 5 quarts for 11.77. 3 jugs and its done with no leftover to deal with.
I think Advance carries motorcraft too, not sure if you have Advance Auto Parts up there though
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The wallmart here is terrace b.c , canada only sells fram filters.and the dealer sells them for 24.00 a peice, and thats at 20% off for working at a gm dealership, i tried one of the gm acdelco ones but you can phsyically see that they are two differnt breeds, the holes inside are not even half the size and they weigh alot less, just trying to save a buck as i change my oil very frequently.
Try your International Dealer. I get the Fleetguard or whatever the brand name is, for $12 and change.
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i tried the international dealer for the first time yesterday , and they wanted the same as ford for there fuel filters 37.00 plus tax.i will try and go to wallmart and double check but all i had seen there was fram and i know the used penziol filters in their oil change shop here.

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I run Mobile 1 filters in all my vehicles. I read research articles 4 or 5 years ago and felt like they were the best. They run $10 to $20 but I fell good about what they do!
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I have bought Motorcraft fl1995 filters at Murray's (now O'reilly's) for 10-15 bucks ever since I bought my truck new. They go on sale all the time for 9.95 and are regularly priced at 14.95. They have additional Motorcraft rebates available even when they go on sale.
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i tried the international dealer for the first time yesterday , and they wanted the same as ford for there fuel filters 37.00 plus tax.i will try and go to wallmart and double check but all i had seen there was fram and i know the used penziol filters in their oil change shop here.
Not sure why, but the Walmarts near me have the Motorcraft filters in a separate area from the rest of the filters (Fram), they are still in the auto area, but about an aisle away? Might be worth it to ask if you can't find
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