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  • Oil Filters Auto VS. Marine

    Is there any difference between an Auto Oil filter and Marine oil filter??ThanksTallman


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    Re: Oil Filters Auto VS. Marine

    Sorry, you said Oil filter, my mind read fuel filter, and I was going to bring up the water seperating fuel filter. Well my 350 Mag MPI is still under warranty, so for now, I will stick with Marine Oil filter, and Marine fuel, water seperating filters. :o Maybe later, after seeing other poster's comments, after my warranty is over, I may consider saving some cash on the Oil filter, but plan to stick with Marine fuel filters. Sorry for posting before reading clearly! My 2 cents.

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      Re: Oil Filters Auto VS. Marine

      Someone correct me on this if I am wrong! (Was wrong once).I have been told that the only difference of marine and car oil filters is that the marine cases are thicker to keep them from rusting away!I would have no problem using a high performance type filter! (definatly NOT Fram) Sorry, do a search on the net and you will see why!I would use a Hastings "depth" type or an Amsoil filter! They both have thick cases and are excellent filters! K n N also has a great filter!LubeDude

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        Re: Oil Filters Auto VS. Marine

        actually price wise, there is not much of a difference in them. The only reason I am asking is because there are no marine stores near me and I dont have an extra marine filter on hand. I checked and did a cross refrence to fram and put that on for now..T

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          Re: Oil Filters Auto VS. Marine

          Not to scare you but I would not use the fram, unless you are a tried and true Fram man, Then I would say to use the racing version! The reason is that at continued high RPM Use the fram can colapse or come appart internally! Go to your local NAPA store and look at the cutaway they have advertising there filters, Most of them have one, You will see what I mean! Ater seeing that and doing some research I wouldnt use one on my lawn mower!! LubeDude

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          • #6
            Re: Oil Filters Auto VS. Marine

            Filter Oil, is filtering Oil. Family has Been using STP and NAPA on 1969 327 cu. in. 225Hp Merc since it was new. By the way this engine also has been using the napa 3083 oil filter as an extra fuel filter. This was an original equipment fuel filter kit on the boat. This has a Bowl Type glass seperator for H2O.

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            • #7
              Re: Oil Filters Auto VS. Marine

              Hi allmy local store (marine) 4 banger size, charges about $ 18 for a marine filter ( omc or mercury) Cnd. The equivalent AC delco filter in the v-8 large can size sells for $4.00 at wallmart Are the filters that diffrent ? the Ac is a little less thick wall but no GMC truck drivers complain about burst oil filters, the elemnet inside is much bigger than the 4banger filter in the marine version. I sometimes think that the marine dealer is askin a bit more for this product than he should hmmmmmm makes me wondercourse never had an engine oil starve itself yet , I've used the more expensive filter ..my seloc manual has a clear picture of a penzoil pzl -5 filter hooked to a 3 liter merc how do they compare ?

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              • #8
                Re: Oil Filters Auto VS. Marine

                I have installed and removed over500 Fram filters - have never seenone fail. If you listen long enought -you can hear a lotof BS - from people that have changed 3- or ( their neighbor said )Fram also has the sand paper surface -easy to get a grip.

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                  Re: Oil Filters Auto VS. Marine

                  Marine,+ Automotive are Exactly the SAME, Except, for the color + Price.............I've been running NAPAs for years..... IF an oil filter Rusts Out........You Don't Change your Oil Often Enough......
                  Any Grease is Better,..... Than No Grease at All.......

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                  • #10
                    Re: Oil Filters Auto VS. Marine

                    retail on the merc 4 cyl and v-8 filter is 7.05 u.s. not sure on the v-6 price.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Oil Filters Auto VS. Marine

                      I have been told that a marine filter may have a little more corrosion resistance, but since I run exclusively in fresh water, I spun on a new Motorcraft FL-1A ($3.77 at Wal-MArt) and have no concerns. As a ford fan, I only run Motorcraft. If I had a GM, I would only run Delco filters. Just a quirk with me, but with the FL-1A, everything I have seen says they are the best bang for the buck.It wouldn't really bother me to use an equivelant Delco filter on my vehicles, but I personally stay away from the Frams, STP's, etc bargain filters. Better or worse I don't know, but I'll stick with what I'm comfy with.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Oil Filters Auto VS. Marine

                        If your oil filter rusts from the outside in before you change it you probbly will have some other engine problems first , LOL. Use a good quality name brand filter, thats it.

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                          Re: Oil Filters Auto VS. Marine

                          Too much emphasis is put on the oil filter, it is worthy to note that 100% of the oil does not go through the filter at all but is by-passed!!! At WOT and cold temperatures very little oil goes through the filter and even if it did most of the metallic contaniments will not stay in suspension and will sink to the bottom of the oil pan….this is why it is important to change your oil. The low micron filters trap more dirt but have higher flow restriction which allows more bypass and less filtration , so it is a trade off. Personally I have used the Wal-Mart brand filters (and oil) for years with excellent results…..it is routine maintenance and common sense that will insure longevity.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Oil Filters Auto VS. Marine

                            I have used the auto filters on my OMC I/O Ford V8 for over 5 years, no problems at all. I change every both fuel and oil filters every year. BUT, the cost is not much different, so don't let that be the determining factor. Ray

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                              Guys....I can't believe how much discussion there is on an item that's only worth a few $$. I can go and buy a Fram at Walmart for $3.99 CDN but I go and buy the OMC filter for my engine from the OMC dealer for $6.95 CDN. Is it worth the extra $3, I don't know but for something I only change once a year maybe it gives me peace of mind. Considering I spend over $10,00 a year (boat payment, marina fee's, fuel, other maint items) $3 is not even a drop in the bucket. Now if I was going to complain about something I just bought a dist cap for my 460 Cobra and it was $45 CDN from the dealer, how good a deal is that?

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