In life, nothing lasts forever, no matter how much you take care of it. That is the law of nature. The same is true for your filter but it still needs proper care to last longer and serve its purpose of helping control contamination.
Here are the guidelines on the proper usage of filters:
- Stick to the guidelines of the original equipment manufacturer when choosing full-flow oil filters. The following parameters should be met: pressure drop, flow rates, bypass valve cracking (opening) pressure, and absolute micron rating.
- When your equipment is under extremely dirty conditions, replace your full-flow oil filter on or before the recommended change interval.
- Conduct oil analysis to monitor contamination levels of the system.
- Install filters depth-type filters absorbent filters in all engines to remove combustion by-products and in hydraulic systems to control silt and water contamination.
- You may observe a shorter filter life at the beginning of the installation of a depth-type filter in a parallel circuit but as the filter continuously removes the contaminants, the oil gets cleaner and the filter lasts longer.
- When you are planning to change your oil, make sure to replace your filter element, as well.
- Make sure to use the correct viscosity for lubricating and hydraulic oils.
- After conducting repair, installation, or servicing, conduct flushing under no load and zero and low pressure and pre-filter the fluids before transferring them into the system.
- As the saying goes, "you get what you paid for", do not base your purchasing decision solely on the price of the filter.
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