It’s important to replace your oil filter at every oil change. When the oil filter gets too clogged, it simply stops working and allows the dirty oil to pass through it unfiltered to the engine.
All oil filters are designed to be changed on a regular basis. But not all oil filters are of the same quality. Cheap oil filters often have less filtering media, they can clog up in less time. When that happens, dirty oil circulates through your engine and wears out the engine components faster.
That’s why it’s important to pick the right oil filter to put into your car. Doing so ensures that the oil filter will perform well for the entire interval between oil changes.
When changing the oil, one key decision you have to make is whether to buy an OEM or aftermarket oil filter. In this guide, we’ll go over both options to help you reach an educated decision.
What’s an OEM Oil Filter?
The auto manufacturer - Land Rover in this case - either produces its own parts or hires a manufacturing company to produce parts to Land Rover specs. All of these parts are OEM, which stands for “original equipment manufacturer”. When you buy your car brand new, all of the parts that come within it are OEM. When one of these parts wears out, you can order an exact replica of it from the auto manufacturer and then replace the worn out part with it.
What’s an Aftermarket Oil Filter?
There’s a lot of independent aftermarket companies that manufacture replacement car parts. They’re not affiliated with the auto manufacturer, and they don’t use the auto manufacturer’s specifications. Instead, they come up with their own designs and choose their own materials.
To decide which type of oil filter to get, it’s a good idea to look at the three most important factors to consider while shopping for a replacement oil filter:
The quality of the materials is really important when it comes to oil filters. You want the filter housing, gasket, and the pleated filter to be durable enough to handle all the hot oil running through for thousands of miles.
OEM Land Rover oil filters fit the bill. They’re built with high quality materials that can withstand the heavy continuous flow of hot oil. Plus, an OEM oil filter made for your Land Rover model is designed specifically to keep filtering the entire time between oil changes.
Land Rover's are designed to have very long oil change intervals. For instance, the recommended oil change interval for a 2010 LR4 is 15,000 miles when using synthetic oil. Land Rover can do this for two reasons:
- Oil technology has improved, and oil doesn't degrade as fast as it used to.
- Land Rover has designed their OEM oil filter with enough filtering capacity to last 15,000 miles.
You can’t sing the same praises for aftermarket oil filters. They’re often built with low-quality materials for the housing, gaskets, and pleated filter. When you use an inferior quality aftermarket oil filter, it’ll clog up faster and then bypass the dirty oil to the engine.
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To last 15,000 miles, you need an oil filter that’s designed for the job. Land Rover engineers spent considerable amounts of time testing oil filters to ensure that their filter is up to the task.
Aftermarket oil filters? Maybe? Maybe Not. Some aftermarket filters may be good enough to last 15,000 mile, and some most certainly won't. The problem is there is no way of knowing which is which.
When you put an aftermarket oil filter in your car, it will most likely clog up in less than 15,000 miles, and then some dirty oil will pass through it. It pretty much defeats the purpose of having an oil filter in your car.
When it comes to upfront cost, aftermarket oil filters usually come out on top (but not always – see the next section). However, they’ll end up costing you a lot more money in the long run. It’s because aftermarket oil filters have a higher chance of clogging and letting dirty, unfiltered oil run through your engine. That helps cut the engine’s life short and causes a whole lot of expensive problems. But will the aftermarket oil filter company care? No, they won't. They know that by the time you realize that your engine has worn out prematurely, you probably won't remember what filter you used. And, they know you wouldn't be able to prove their filter caused the problem.
OEM oil filters last longer and work well, which helps prolong the life of the engine.
How to Find Reasonably Priced OEM Oil Filters
Sometimes people will buy aftermarket oil filters because they’re cheaper than OEM oil filters. Land Rover dealerships tend to mark up their prices, so it’s pretty impossible to find a good deal at one. The good news is that you can find a great deal on OEM oil filters online. As reputable sellers of genuine OEM Land Rover parts, we offer a catalog full of OEM oil filters at discounted prices.