Purpose and Function
The engine oil filter removes impurities in the engine such as metal particles and soot produced from combustion.
If overused without replacement …
- Abnormal noises may occur
- Oil level reduction may occur
- The rate of engine component wear increases
- Permanent engine damage
As an engine oil filter becomes contaminated with metal particles and soot, the circulation of oil will, over time, become increasingly restricted.
If the filter becomes blocked, contaminated oil circulates inside the engine without filtration. Operating a automobile under these conditions may result in blocked oil passages and premature wear of engine components. In a worst scenario, if the filter is not replaced, the engine may suffer major failure.