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Purolator Oil Filter Review

Published on September 18, 2013 under Humble Mechanic

Whether you drive a big SUV, a TDI Jetta, or a Smart car, they all need maintenance. There are tons of choices you can make when buying oil filters and other maintenance parts for your car. Today we are talking about Purolator oil filters. The folks at Purolator were nice enough to send me a few oil filters to review for you all. I have been a fan of their products for years, so it was my pleasure to do this review.

A Little Purolator History

Purolator actually invented the first oil filter right here in the USA. The original Purolator was an upright series of seven twill weave cloth covered perforated plates encased in a heavy-duty cast container. The product featured a sight feed glass on one side so that the oil flow could be viewed and the filter changed when the flow diminished to a trickle. How cool would it be to see the oil flow thought your cars filter. You can check out more of their cool history here.

The Filters

Purolator has 3 choices when it comes to oil filters. The PureOne, the Synthetic filter, and the Purolator Classic.

The PureOne Oil Filter
This is the filter that I have always used. Going cheap on one of the most vital parts of your car is never a good choice. This filter features:

  • 99.9% efficiency means better protection for your engine.
  • Exclusive Micronic filter media traps even microscopic contaminants
  • Silicone anti-drainback valve offers superior protection against dry-start.
  • 100% grip control for easy installation and removal. This is the texture I talk about in the video below

The Synthetic Filter
Another top quality filter for engines that use synthetic oil.

  • The Ideal filter for full synthetic oil change – provides up to 10,000 miles of protection.
  • 100% Synthetic filter media provides for ultimate engine protection.
  • Full 100% synthetic filter media for ultimate engine protection
  • Wire backed media for maximum durability
  • No-slip textured grip for easy install and removal

The Purolator Classic
This filter is perfect for the conventional oil and filter chance.

  • It provides preimuim protection for everyday driving
  • Provides 97.5%efficency rating for excellent engine protection

The Pros

Like I mention in the video, I have been using Purolator filters for many many years. Comparing the PureOne filter to the factory Nissan filter was apples to apples. They were basically the same. I really do like the fact that the PureOne is textured. As critical of products that I am willing to recommend, I have no problem recommending this oil filter.

The Cons

Even on a product that is fantastic, there is always room for improvement. If you drive a car that requires synthetic oil, stick with the PureOne or the Synthetic filter.

Here is the How-To Video I shot for you guys. Again, this is my wife’s 2008 Nissan Frontier V6. She is nice enough to let me drive it when it needs service.

As you can see, changing oil yourself can be easy. If you are not someone who wants to DIY, that’s cool too. There are pros like me that are happy to do it for you.

Here are the tips I mention in the video

  • Take your time, there is no need to rush this
  • Do not use power tools on the drain plug or oil filter
  • Tighten the drain plug properly
  • Be sure not to double gasket the oil filter.
  • Clean up any residual oil
  • Check and top off all the other vehicle fluids
  • Check the tires and tire pressure
  • Document the service. Good record keeping is important
  • Check and double check the oil level. Be sure the car is on a level surface

If you have any other DIY oil change tips, please share them in the comments below. Hopefully the next time you change your oil, you will pick up a Purolator filter. If you do, please let me know. I would love to hear your thoughts too.

Disclosure
I was paid by Purolator to review for this post with Burst Media, all thoughts and opinions are my own. All products were provided by Purolator; however are items I genuinely enjoy and feel are appropriate for my site.

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25 Comments

  1. Michael Sparks

    On comparing filtration efficiency 99% means absolutely nothing unless you know the micron rating as well. What if it’s 99% of rocks the size of your thumb. That wouldn’t do much for protection.

    Next time you go to the store check out all the funky wording that filter manufactures use. We stop 10 micron particle, we are 99% efficient etc. Unless you have Percentage + Micron rating you have no clue how well the filter performs.

    The second part of the equation is capacity. This is how much dirt/contaminants that the filter can hold before it goes into by-pass mode. This will be determined by the size of the filter, the type of media and how many pleats are inside.

    Lastly is construction. Durable construction is critical when you want to protect your investment. Heavy duty construction is a must, you will want to compare how the filters are constructed and with what materials.

    Hope this helps.

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  3. James Davis

    My two cents…. If you’re gonna clean out the drain plug threads, I pack the tap with bearing grease. This is in hopes of capturing any metal you might break loose. You don’t want that to drop into the pan. Second, I always thoroughly wipe down the machined mating surface and the pipe threads regardless. You never know if some grit impregnated clump of oil or grease from the under carriage has dropped in there. And finally, if you’re like me and are looking for that, “3/4 turn” after the gasket on the filter makes contact, I place a small piece of masking tape on the end of the filter. Once contact is made, I can then use the tape as a reference point like a clock and make that “3/4” turn. Tape comes right off. I know that’s second nature for you Charles, but for me, I only do mine and the wife’s car so I play it safe. I had one filter, (put on by a shop) that was installed way too tight. I don’t want to live that hassle again!

    I guess that was three cents! :). Anyhow, great video and thanks. I follow ETCG and saw your photo’s in his news letter. Looking for Purolator reviews and saw your link there. Adding you to the pantheon of “How Too” guys to follow.

    Regards

    1. Charles

      Hey James
      That’s awesome and very thorough advice!

      Putting on filters too tight is very common. I am sure I do it to a certain extent. Mostly for the fact I have to check them 3 times to be sure I tightened it. Lol

      Thanks for the add and if I can ever help ya out let me know.

      I feel like a lucky dude to get to hang out with ETCG!

  4. Brian Gray

    I have been doing synthetic oil changes for years using the PureOne filter and changing it a 10000 mile intervals.The synthetic filter may be better but is it really needed, the cost is $3 more.

    1. Charles

      Thanks for the comment. I don’t think the synthetic filter is THAT much better. But $3 over 10k miles is nothing.

      Most people probably drop more than that in charge.

      When I buy filters I almost always buy factory filters. Mostly out of convenience. But I would hesitate to pay a few bucks more for a top level filter.

  5. Damon

    I use valvoline synthetic blend oil in my 05 GMC Sierra, I’m just getting to the 100,000 mile mark when if at all do you recommend using full synthetic and which brand?

  6. Bob

    After having a dealership do the oil changes for the 1st 70K miles , I have decided to do them myself. I have scoured the internet, and have pick the Purolator Pure One to be my choice of filer. will follow up as soon as possible as I put 2500 miles per month. Good info here.

  7. Doug

    I ordered the Purolator PureOne filter from Amazon after reading your review. One reason was the textured surface which would make it easier for me to hand tighten (using a wrench for the last 1/2 turn), since my oil filter is in a very tough spot to reach. After receiving the filter I was disappointed to see that, although it is pictured in textured yellow, it is now a very smooth metallic blue. Naturally the color doesn’t matter, but the texture would have been great. Any idea from your contacts at Purolator why the change?

  8. Dean

    This might not do anything….but one thing I do when I change my oil is:
    – When I have the old filter and drain plug off and the engine oil drained, I add half a quart of new oil and let it drain through. I figure it is helping to flush out anything that may have been left behind.

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