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Beware the filter

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Haven't used Fram for decades. But, show me a car whose engine was harmed by a Fram filter (one that had reasonable oil/filter changes).

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But, show me a car whose engine was harmed by a Fram filter (one that had reasonable oil/filter changes).
They're notorious for leaky anti-drainback valves. There's been at least one guy on the BB who had a cold-start rattle from low oil pressure that was fixed by switching to a different filter. That sure ain't good for your engine.

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We had a similar thread maybe about ten years ago with pretty much the same results, but was a photo essay rather than a video. Had a bunch of guys respond they'd used Fram for years without problems. But it's not like there's a heckuva lot of price difference between brands, so why would anyone, knowing what's inside the can, choose to continue buying Fram?

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Haven't used Fram for decades. But, show me a car whose engine was harmed by a Fram filter (one that had reasonable oil/filter changes).
The engine in my Spider was destroyed when the gasket of the Fram filter blew out while my daughter was driving it.

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Same thing on numerous Jeep forums. Fram comes apart inside, anti-drainback valve fails, folks complain of sudden low oil pressure after doing an oil and filter change using Fram. Swap to another filter and all is well.

They mighta been good in the olden days, but not any more. For cars anyway.

F.R.A.M. means Forever Ruining Auto Motors.

Fram filters do have their place.
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Funny, this same thing popped up on Facebook. I find it all too funny that you see these things proudly displayed on a beautiful Ferrari engine. I don't get this. So many better filters out there and they putt these on their cars.

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Pretty sad when the best feature on an oil filter is on the OUTSIDE.........
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So what is everyone else using? I use System 1 reusable oil filters in all my Alfa’s. Take them apart, clean, reassemble and use again.
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I use Wix on everything.

Napa is Wix. Their number 1085 fits both my Alfas and both my Jeeps.
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Aren't those orange filters on Ferarri engines made by Fram? I used them many years ago-never had a filter related engine problem. My 356 hillcimb car did throw a rod with an Fram filter in place, but the engine was abused.
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Aren't those orange filters on Ferarri engines made by Fram? I used them many years ago-never had a filter related engine problem. My 356 hillcimb car did throw a rod with an Fram filter in place, but the engine was abused.
Chas, the problem is what they are NOW. Junk/time bombs/ marketing scam.

Did you watch the video? If not, I suggest you do.

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WOW WOW I used Fran for years, but in the last few years I have been using WIX filters from O Reilly for my cars. They at the right price! I will never use Fran again! Thanks for send us the video!


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Chas, the problem is what they are NOW. Junk/time bombs/ marketing scam.

Did you watch the video? If not, I suggest you do.
Of course I watched the video. Fram's had a bad rep for many years. Have Ferarri owners stopped changing filters-or do they use Wix filters painted orange?
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