When you go into the parts store, or you're at the lube shop, which oil filter do you choose? Or do you even have a choice? Do you know what brand of filter is on your car right now? The chances of you knowing the brand, unless you change it yourself, is slim. There are so many different brands of filters, how do you know what is a "good" filter or not? Just like oil, there are only a few companies that make them, and they are re-branded with many different names.
What does my oil filter do specifically?
Your oil filter's job is to filter contaminants from your oil before it gets to your engine components to prevent damage to the internal engine parts. So, it plays a pretty vital role in keeping your car running well. Inside your oil filter is a paper filter element, some are thin (cheaper), and some are thicker. If you buy a cheaper filter, it may be fine if you're changing your oil and filter every 3,000 miles. In today's cars, most oil change intervals are at least 5,000, but sometimes 7,500 or even 10,000 miles. You can't expect a cheap filter to keep up with that type of demand. Although your engine may last, you're taking a gamble every time, and the longer you go on a cheap filter, the bigger the gamble you're taking.
Which brands of oil filters should I use?
In my opinion here are the top oil filter that will give you the best filtration for your engine.
Top Picks: Mobil 1, K&N, Bosch, Wix, and NAPA Gold.
Any name brand filters are generally also a good choice like, Pennzoil, Valvoline, Motorcraft, AC Delco, Toyota, etc. Generally, you should stay away from Fram, and most house brand filters are just cheaper made. I'll include a video down below, it shows filters being cut open, and the internals exposed, and element lengths and thickness. Check it out if you're interested, and if you take anything from this, buy a good filter!