Your Volvo oil filter is an integral part of your vehicle’s engine. If you think it isn't, just see how long your engine runs properly if you never change that filter out. The whole point of an oil filter is to make sure that dirty and contaminated oil doesn't make its way back into the engine. When you change your oil filter, you'll want to change the oil in your car at the same time.
Now let's take a more detailed look at why the oil filter is such a crucial part of a Volvo engine.
What Does An Oil Filter Do?
The role played by your oil filter is crucial. If it is in poor condition, dirty, or poor quality, the life of your engine can be shortened drastically because the failure of parts throughout the engine is inevitable. Within the lubrication system of your car, this tiny part plays an essential role in guarding against the premature wear of your engine.
Your engine’s moving parts need clean oil for proper lubrication. While various parts of your engine are running, tiny pieces of metal chip off. If those pieces find their way back into the engine, via recirculating oil, other metal parts of your engine could break off. Over time, this causes engine erosion. But you can stop this from taking place by having a clean, high-quality filter in place. As it passes through the filter, the filter cleans the oil. This means that other parts of your engine will not be damaged because abrasive contaminants are prevented from circulating through it by the oil filter.
Why a High-Quality Filter?
It's important that your oil filter be of the highest quality because the filter’s quality and internal construction will have a major effect on your car engine’s life expectancy. (This is another reason why, in a Volvo, you should only use a Volvo oil filter, as well as other Volvo parts).
How to Determine Oil Filter Quality
Particle size retention or filtration efficiency are used for oil filter quality determination standards. These standards refer to a measurement of how well various sized particles are retained within the filter. If a filter exhibits optimum filtration efficiency, it is said to be a high-quality filter. Ideally, superb oil filters should be able to trap particles that are 25 microns or larger. However, smaller particles may still be captured.
Dirt holding capacity is another standard that can help determine a filter’s quality. This refers to, as long as the filter is still working, the contaminant amount that can be removed and contained within the filter. Vehicle manufacturers have specified minimum requirements, so a true high-quality filter will have been created to exceed these requirements.
If you have the tools, the necessary space, a catch pan for the old oil, somewhere to dispose of the old oil, and the know-how, you can change your oil filter on your own. If not… It's something that's better left up to a professional.