During the early development of the automobile, it is virtually identical with the more dominant horse-drawn carriages during that time. The only big difference was the absence of the horse. Many of the automotive components that we take for granted today are absent in the first generation of automobiles. One important automotive component that was absent in the first generation of automobiles is the oil filter. Dirty oil is allowed to circulate the engine several times until it becomes too dirty to be effective in lubricating the engine moving parts. Even when a crude oil filter was later developed, not all oil was routed to the oil filter to be filtered. This resulted in the frequent oil change. Frequent oil change was quite expensive. Oil had to be changed every five hundred miles.
An oil filter is a simple device that removes dirt and impurities from the oil before oil is allowed to circulate the engine block. As lubricant, oil should be free from solid particulates and other impurities such a water. Solid particulates may come from the external environment or the internal components of the automobile itself. Particulates may include fibers from fabrics such as the upholstery of the vehicle. Particulates may also include paint chips or rust chips from the inner walls of the oil reservoir that may accidentally fall off. On the other hand, particulates from the external environment may include pollen grain, sand and dust.
Water is another impurity that can accidentally be mixed with the oil. The main job of the oil filter is to prevent water and other particulates from entering the engine block. An oil filter is comprised of a porous canister enclosed inside a cylindrical metal container. Inside the porous canister is a paper filter. The oil filter also has valves that regulate the pressure of the oil that enters the oil filter. The valves open when the oil filter becomes clogged. Periodic cleaning and replacement of the paper filter should be done to maintain the optimal performance of the oil filter.
Oil filters work by pressure difference. An oil pump drives oil to circulate inside the oil filter. In the process, pressure builds inside the oil filter. The oil is forced out by the pressure. The impurities are trapped in the layers of filter paper. Maintaining the integrity of the oil filter of your vehicle is important in keeping your engine in top shape. A defective oil filter may lead to the early deterioration of the engine. Here at Parts Train, we offer the best aftermarket oil filters at very reasonable price.