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Q: Oil Filter Quality on 2006 Honda Civic

You mention in an oil change article:

"We recommend using a high-quality engine oil filter. Cheap filters wear more quickly and may not properly keep contaminants out of the engine."

If you do your own oil changes, sure, no problem. You can buy a Fram or Purolator. But what about the oil change places like Jiffy Lube and the myriads of other independents? How do you know their no-name oil filter isn't junk? Has anyone ever brought their own filter to an oil change place, and then asked for a price break to compensate? I've thought of doing that.

Thanks for the great site!!

Dan Kap,
Whittier, CA
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Quality of filters and filtration material in these filters vary greatly. I saw a great article a few years ago (I think it was Consumer Reports, sorry I didn't keep it), I use OE filters or Wix brand on all my cars.
For liability reasons and profit/labor price structure many shops will not fit "customer supplied parts".
Thanks, Pat. The variable quality of oil filters has bothered me. At the oil change places, it's like Forrest Gump said about a box of chocolates..."You never know what you're gonna get." A few, however, like Pep Boys show the brand of oil filter they'll use (Penzoil). Best route for the best quality and most thorough job is to just buy the best components and do it yourself, if you can.

Yeah, I can understand your statement about shops prohibiting the use of customer-supplied items for any number of reasons. If you figure out which Consumer Reports article that might have been from, let me know, as I keep three years of back issues.

Thanks for your reply!

Dan Kap,
Whittier, CA
I would absolutely voice my concerns about this to whomever is is servicing my car.
Quality varies widely on parts , oil filters are critical.
Yes, you can bring your own oil filter and receive a discount on the total bill.
I have done it.
Thanks...good to know! I've been changing my own lately, but for those occasions that I don't, I'll bring my own.

Dan Kap,
Whittier, CA
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