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Old 06-03-2017, 08:32 PM   #15
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Today I received two Fleetguard LF9009 filters from Amazon, $31.08 for 2. Both are labeled "Made in USA." The filters are also labeled "StrataPore" and "OEM Approved".
that is super cheap. i remember i paid about $30 a piece at filterbarn.com last year. i have never seen "StrataPort", "OEM Approved" on any one.
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Old 06-04-2017, 09:23 AM   #16
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I'm with Don, only OEM filters for me.
Same here, too much invested to take a chance on using the wrong filter. Go on line there are many places to buy filters for an ISL. On some sites if you spend more than a certain amount of money, shipping is free.
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You guys are kidding yourselves - few if any of the engine OEMs make filters. They buy them from a major filter manufacturer (Wix, Baldwin, Donaldson, Purolater, etc) and have their name labeled on them.
Actually, Caterpillar owns their own filter company for fluid filters.
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Years ago, I bought an old F150 with a 6 cyl. that "knocked" pretty good in the mornings. After reading on an F150 forum that it was the Fram filter causing this since it was draining over night. In this case, the Motorcraft filter had a check valve in it to prevent draining. With the Fram, it was being started with an empty oil filter each morning.
I now use OEM filters in all of my stuff.
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this is one of those times when you do what you are comfortable with. its your coach.
i believe that if you do regular care of any car, truck, coach, tractor, generators, etc, and if you want it to last, you will use good filters and fluids. i use napa gold, and wix. fleetgard in a pinch. as said by others, there are few mfg, but lots of brands.
do some research. thats the key. this place is a good place for advise, but as i said, its your coach.
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Imagine my when I looked under one of our Dodge Charger patrol cars that had always been serviced by the dealer and found a Motorcraft FL820 filter on it. I texted a pic of it to the service manager with the WTH?? He called me about 5 minutes later going . Seems that the warehouse managed to have the Mopar filters backordered occasionally and they went to Autozone and had gotten a case of the Motorcraft filters to keep. I told him if he was going to use the FL820, he should have let me know that I had 2 cases on the shelf. Then I asked him if he put Motorcraft oil in it too.
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I'm going to tread lightly on this subject. I've done extensive reading on independent testing of motor oil and oil filters. Getting to the point:
(1) Across most investigations of motor oil, the mainstream brands meet or exceed specifications of the engine manufacturer. Some folks rave about Amsoil, RoyalPurple, and Mobil 1. They cost more and are no better than Motorcraft, for example. Minor variations in test results, but insignificant.
(2) Oil filters in summary: Bosch, Napa Gold, and Wix oil filters are better-constructed than the rest. Emphasis is on better versus okay.
Many folks are going to stand by their opinions. That's fine. I use research to guide my choices, when possible.
Bottom line: follow the engine manufacturers specifications for grade and frequency-of-change. And, remember that higher quality oil, filters, and fuels are cheaper than an engine breakdown.
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