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Your Attention Please! - beware of inferior oil filters
This post is mostly for Sedona (model year 2006+), Sorento (2007-2009), and Amanti (model year 2007+) owners whose engine is equipped with the 26320-3C100 oil filter, but useful info for anyone.
We all know the importance of maintenance on our vehicles. Whether it's done at the dealer, a large franchise/chain service station, an independant, or even if you do it yourself. As long as it gets done. I am posting this to bring an issue to your attention:
Beware of oil changes at Valvoline Service Centers (maybe others as well). Here's why... Every time I bring in one of the vehicles listed above for an oil change and see an oil sticker from Valvoline I find that the filter has fallen apart. I've seen this happen as soon as 1500 miles after the oil and filter had been changed (customer came in with an oil leak concern, the filter housing o-rings had not been changed in a long time and were leaking, then I saw the filter).
THIS IS NOT A RANT AGAINST VALVOLINE!! I am aware they don't make these filters themselves. The filters are supplied from an outside vendor. The 3 pictures attached are what I find over and over again. The first two are just to show the differences in the OEM filter (on the left) and the one being used by Valvoline (on the right). The last picture is what the poor quality filter looks like after being used. Please note that the filter media has actually separated creating a gap for the oil to bypass the filter (to some degree anyway).
For those of you who keep up on your vehicle maintenance, I commend you. But if you are not using OEM parts PLEASE be aware of what goes into your vehicle.
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Last edited by ron1004; 12-30-2018 at 03:06 PM.