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      09-30-2012, 12:48 PM   #1
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Post Oil Change Filter Inspection.

Because the filter is not in a metal can, I couldn't resist the urge to cut off the end caps of the oil filter and check it out. I cleaned my fine tooth hacksaw blade and off the end caps came. Does anyone else make a habit of this?

My filter looked clean except for some very small metal flakes that are only really visible under strong light. They were few and far between. I have no experience with inspecting the media of an engine oil filter, so I have no idea what constitutes "normal".

Anyone have experience doing this?
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The whole outside of the filter is the "inlet" side, so no need to cut anything. Just poke between the pleats and inspect with a bright light.
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The whole outside of the filter is the "inlet" side, so no need to cut anything. Just poke between the pleats and inspect with a bright light.
True, but for me it's faster to cut off the ends and expand the media into a long sheet rather than looking in between each individual pleat.
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