The Chrysler Pentastar V6 oil filter housing and cooler assembly for 3.2L and 3.6L engines can become warped, brittle and crack over time with constant exposure to engine bay heat. This serious flaw in the design of the Pentastar oil filter housing and cooler assembly often result in severe oil and coolant leaks and can have catastrophic consequences.

26350-2J000 and 26350-2S000 are two of Hyundai’s latest cartridge oil filters. While they’re not quite as strange as the 26350-2M000 (ECOGARD S11830) which we recently introduced here, these oil filters for 2020-2022 Hyundai 2.0L and 2.5L engines are worthy of discussion for a few reasons. First Use of Cartridge Oil Filters for These Hyundai and…

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The all-new ECOGARD S11880 synthetic cartridge oil filter is a direct replacement for the unique new Mopar 68507598AA oil filter, which we introduced with an in-depth overview last month. This new filter is used to service the 3rd generation 3.0L EcoDiesel engines found in the 2020-2021 Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Gladiator and 2019+ Ram 1500. In the introduction last month, we highlighted the filter’s strange composition and unusual components, such as a new filter cap with every oil change and pre-installed O-rings.

At first glance, the all-new Mopar 68507598AA cartridge oil filter looks like most other cartridge oil filters used in passenger or light-duty vehicles. There’s a filter element, a couple of O-rings and a normal looking plastic oil filter housing cap. That’s pretty much where the similarities with other cartridge filters end. So, what’s different? …and…

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Turbocharged vehicles have officially flooded the automotive market as automakers strive to make good performance numbers while meeting green legislation obligations – and it’s changing the way we need to approach oil change maintenance. Motor oil has long been known as the lubricating life blood of the internal combustion engine – Without it, metal on…

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Synthetic oil is the best lube option for cold starting a vehicle. Period. If you live in a frigid climate – as in, most mornings start at sub-freezing temperatures close to -18ºC between the months of November and March, you’re going to want to seriously consider switching to synthetic motor oil if you aren’t already there. To understand the logic behind that statement, it’s helpful to understand the internals of a typical ICE (internal combustion engine) and the path that oil takes within the engine when it’s added through the fill hole at the top of the valve cover.

The all-new ECOGARD SYNTHETIC+ S11830 is a unique, must-stock cartridge oil filter designed for use when servicing the popular 2020 Hyundai Accent/Sonata/Venue or 2020 Kia Rio. We wouldn’t normally feel the need to write an in-depth overview for an oil filter, but the ECOGARD S11830 (OE Hyundai 26350-2M000) is no ordinary cartridge oil filter. When…

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Welcome to 2020! We’ve just kicked off a brand-new decade and for many of us in North America, that means driving around in frigid temperatures – sometimes during extreme inclement weather. If you’re like most people, you haven’t given much thought to the impact that driving in cold or hot climates can have on a…

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