How Does an Oil Filter Work?

May 18th, 2017 by

Chevrolet of Homewood

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Most drivers know that regular oil changes will extend the life of a vehicle. However, there are a number of other systems at work related to your vehicle’s oil, including an oil pump and an oil filter. An oil pump keeps oil moving through your engine, but what does an oil filter do? Let’s take a close look at this important component.

A Guide to Oil Filters

An oil filter is made up of a number of different parts. A metal can encloses the filter, and a sealing gasket makes a tight seal with the car’s engine. Inside the can is where the actual filtration happens, and the filter itself is usually made with synthetic material. Dirty oil enters through one side, passes through the filter, and then clean oil reenters the engine. The oil is pushed through under pressure, ensuring that all of the dirty and harmful particles are caught.

What to Watch Out For

When you’re picking out an oil filter, there are a few key points to keep in mind. While most oil filters look similar, you’ll want to make sure it fits your specific vehicle. You can certainly check your owner’s manual to make sure it’s the right fit, but it’s also important to take your vehicle to a highly trained, reputable service center. They’ll take care of the rest. In addition, a higher quality filter will do a better job of removing harmful elements from the oil, allowing your car or truck’s engine to last longer. Doing a little research into the filter will go a long way toward keeping your vehicle running for years to come.

Visit Chevrolet of Homewood for Superior Service

If you’re looking to replace the oil filter in your Chevy vehicle, it’s worth coming to the experts at Chevrolet of Homewood. We’re happy to talk over whatever questions you might have, from oil filters to the different types of motor oil on the market. Our high tech service center is located at 18033 Halsted St. in Homewood, IL, just a short drive from Calumet City. Get in touch with a member of our team online to schedule a service appointment today.

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