Tundra Oil Filter Review Rates Wix, OEM Filters Best Overall
When it comes time to change your oil make sure you carefully consider what oil filter you will use. Oil filters can have a dramatic impact on the performance of our engine. Here is a comparison of five different oil filters, with the intention of discovering which filter performed the best for the Toyota Tundra.
UPDATE: This article was supposed to link to the original comparison when it was published, which is found here: Toyota Tundra Oil Filter Comparison
An important distinction between typical car designs and the design for the Tundra is that Toyota employed the usage of a cartridge style filter, which involves a bypass valve, as opposed to a traditional filter which doesn’t utilize a bypass valve. When coupled with the design of the engine, the oil filter that you choose to use inside of your Tundra is likely to have a major impact on your vehicle’s performance.
The filters comparison was based on five criteria points:
- Filter surface area and size
- Density and thickness of each filter
- Microscopic analysis of each filter
- Observations regarding each filter’s basic properties, such as country of origin and overall quality of production.
The five filters tested were done so in a way that was, by the very nature of the testing environment, both incomplete and relative only to the specific testing methods. This does not mean that the data the test presented should be discounted, though, as it does point out some interesting information. Before dissecting that information, let’s first take a look at which filters were included in the comparison.
2.) OEM Toyota Filter
3.) Fram ExtraGuard
4.) Fram Standard
The OEM filter, which was selected as one of the top two choices, was the largest of all of the filters tested. This provided the OEM filter with a clear oil flow advantage and that, combined with the price point, enabled it to overcome some design flaws.
The standard Fram filter and the MicroGard filter are identical in design. The test determined that they pick up less contaminants than the other filters, but they are an acceptable option if your oil runs clean.
The Fram ExtraGuard filter was rated as the worst of the bunch. It was found to have an inconsistent design and was the most restrictive to oil flow.
The WIX filter, the 2nd of the top two choices, was the freest flowing of the bunch. It is 50% more expensive than the OEM filter, however, making the OEM filter the best value overall.
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