<VV> oil filters
J R Read_HML
hmlinc at sbcglobal.net
Tue Oct 27 13:45:27 EDT 2009
The problem I see with the Fram filters (current ones) is that U shaped
rubber gasket around the outer top edge. I demonstrated this at a CCE
meeting (you missed that one?) using a cutaway oil filter housing. It is
virtually impossible to crank down on the filter mounting bolt hard enough
to make the smaller (inner) seal on the filter actually seal where it is
supposed to. This would allow the oil to flow over the top of the filter
rather than through the filter. Some folks have even split that outer U
seal in an attempt to get the filter tight enough to seal properly. Of
course, then it will leak into the engine compartment which makes for a not
The torque spec for the filter is 15 to 20 ft lbs. It takes a lot more than
that on a filter with the U gasket.
So, to my mind, not just Fram is a problem - but also any filter (Purolator
and others) which have that U gasket.
That said and knowing you... you probably have a stock of the older style
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Geoffrey Stozek" <gjjs at att.net>
To: <virtualvairs at corvair.org>
Sent: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 11:21 AM
Subject: <VV> oil filters
VV members have been consistent on bashing Fram and praising WIX. Is there
any test data from a reputable source to support these opinions? I've used
Fram in most of my cars for decades without problem. I have an 87 GMC Safari
with about 190,000 miles. Does not use oil and stays clean beyond 3,000
miles. My experience with Fram is positive.
Also, I'd like to hear VV thoughts on the oil filter adapter made for
corvairs that allows more common and less expensive filters to be used.
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