High-G FJR Junkie!
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Rolling Prairie, Ind
N4, totally agree. I worked in engineering for Allied-Signal/ Bendix Brakes before being sold to Bosch, allied owned Fram & Autolite as well and the philosophy passed down from the CEO (Larry Bossidy) was make it look classy and charge a premium price but take all the cost out that you can, they built crap product.
And while I agree that it’s more important to inspect a used filter, consistently new Fram filters that are pulled apart have a lot of internal rust and the cardboard end caps typically are not fastened well to the filter media and usually loose in spots and at one point used a cardboard anti-drain back valve who's sole purpose is to keep oil in the motor to avoid a dry start up which is when the vast majority of damage is done to an engine. Cheap cardboard has no place inside an engine.
I also like you have a 2016 Outback-and the filter mounting concerns me because the Subaru rattles-on start-up (theyall do)which is typical of a dry start & like you have found little oil when changing the filter although the Mobil1 1m-110 filters that i’ve Been using lately seem to do a good job of keeping the filter full w/o leaking down. This is a big part of why I use the same filter on the fjr. And no cardboard. I may use a Wix next time, we’ll see.
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Last edited by passx; 09-26-2019 at 10:14 AM.