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    Oil Change 2007 rabbit

    I have purchased a 2007 Rabbit and have to change the oils and filter. I bought a Fram ultra synthetic filter. Does anyone else use this brand of filter and is it okay for car. Thanks

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    Re: Oil Change 2007 rabbit

    I used FRAM before, but since I can usually get a 10-pack of Hengst
    or others on eBay for a good price, I stay away from FRAM unless it's
    an emergency. I needed a filter by Saturday, so I ordered a WIX
    filter for mine, and did my oil changed this weekend. I have never
    had any problems with FRAM though, just that their spin on filters
    are very cheaply made.

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    Re: Oil Change 2007 rabbit

    Fram and Bosch filters are the Single ply toilet paper, the quality of them is suspect.
    On my 93, if I run a fram or a bosch I get the blinky light from hades for low oil pressure at idle.

    I have been using Wix filters since the 70's and never had a failure, and or an issue. Napa Gold filters are made by Wix.
    I have used Mobile1, GenuineVW, Mahl, Mann, STP, Pureolator GOLD, filters and never had issues with them.

    I did run Fram years ago on my Diesel as i had to take a trip and used "Kmart" Fram filters and I got a low oil light on my Diesel Bunny.....
    I switched the filter on return, and never had a blinky light again, and is was in 84 on a 81 Diesel....

    Friends don't let friends use FRAM, or Generic store branded filters.
    What do Divorces, Great Coffee and Cars all have in common?
    They all Start with good GROUNDS.
    Replace all of them that you can, 99 percent of flakiness will disappear.


    92, 93 Cabriolet.... 89, and 90 are Deceased.


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    Re: Oil Change 2007 rabbit

    Thank you for the info. I am returning the FRAM and buying VW filter from dealer.

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    Re: Oil Change 2007 rabbit

    It all depends WHO is making the FRAM filters. It changes... Wix
    has made them, I think they are on their own now since the last
    time they were bought.

    It also depends on the type of filter, the spin on, or the cartridge
    ones. The cartridge ones are basically what they look line outside
    the filter canister. The reason to stay away from them as a spin
    on, is bypass valve failure. At least they use a metal strip instead
    of glue to bind the filter element... At least with a cartridge filter,
    you can SEE it before placing it in your oil canister. I used a WIX on
    my last change, and just got 5 today (eBay 'bout $37.00), so I will
    have them.

    The element is also important, as some fram ones tear or are not
    properly crimped at the metal strip (some use glue), which means
    unfiltered oil is passing through the tear, or bad crimp.

    Napa also WIX bypass valves. Napa has 45 pleats in the element, the
    GOLD has 54 pleats.

    The end caps are also important, I believe FRAM uses paper end caps. Some claim that
    their laminated coated plastic cores, paper or cloth end caps provides integrity to the
    end caps, but there are reports of the cardboard or cloth becoming saturated with oil
    and disintegrating, traveling through the lubrication system. I am pretty sure FRAM
    uses any one of these three end caps. Most others use stamped steel.

    Napa & most others use a springs for their bypass valves, others, like K&N,
    use a slightly domed metal piece that flexes, not as reliable.

    K&N has a 56 pleat filter element, also glued together, the bypass
    valve is built in, so it's one unit, and is a thicker element housing than Napa.

    Almost all use the same bypass valve rubber piece, just different colors.

    Anti-Drain back valve, does it have one, and what type? The anti-drainback valve is a
    nitrile or silicone diaphragm that sits at the base of the filter. Silicone lasts longer and is
    less susceptible to changes in temperature, but it also costs more money to produce.
    Pressure from the oil pump allows oil to overcome this valve, but when the engine is shut
    off it plays the critical role in ensuring that all debris stays in the oil filter and does not
    drain back into your oil pan. Not sure how cartridge filter housings take care of this,
    or if they even do...

    When you buy a cartridge filter, you can see it, you never know what's INSIDE
    the spin-on, completely enclosed filter...

    Most "house brands" are rebadged Fram, Wix, or Purolator filters.

    Valvoline filters say or used to say "Enginered by Purolator" right on the box.

    Champion Labs made Bosch, Car and Driver, Deutsch, Mobil 1, STP, SuperTech, K&N
    Valvoline filters, Mighty, Service Champ, Lee, AutoZone Value Craft, Some AC Delco
    VW (some), Warner, Luberfiner, and Trust.

    Wix made: Carquest blue, Carquest red, Napa Gold, Napa Silver (lower quality with nitrile ADBV)
    Kralinator (in Canada), ALLIANCE (Freightliner aftermarket).

    I mean, the lists go on and on. Fram has been bought and sold so many times...

    Some of the best spin on: Wix, Puolator Pure One, Carquest Blue, Napa Gold, Mobil 1



    There was a new type of motorcycle filter being marketed, the "laser cut stainless steel
    filter," which was said to be "good for the life of your vehicle." These filters
    typically have 35-40 micron holes, which is really not acceptable. They typically
    have 30-40 square inches of filter material, which is really not acceptable.
    A paper based element is a 3 dimensional filter so when a particle gets stuck
    deep in the filter element, oil can still flow around it. The stainless steel elements
    are 2 dimensional - when a particle gets caught, one of the holes is clogged up.
    I don't see how they could assure that all the holes get cleared out when you clean
    these. Simply soaking the filter in kerosene is not going to release particles that
    have been jammed into a hole at 60psi. Blowing the filter out with air sounds good,
    but a motorcycle filter is too small to let an air hose inside. These stainless
    steel filters cost about $120, about 25 times

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