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Old 12-27-2012, 09:19 PM   #1
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So as very few of you know I've been fighting an oil pressure issue on my 3800 blazer. Hot idle pressure was normally 45 psi, and cruise was around 60. One night last week it changed somewhat suddenly and started idling at 32psi and cruising at 42 psi. my first thought was just to dump the oil and see if I had some contaminant in it, but I did not so I replaced it. Pressure remained the same. I started digging deeper and came up with nothing wrong with the motor. Tonight I decided to swap out my fram extra guard oil filter for an stp and oil pressure instantly returned. There were no other changes made.

I am never buying a fram filter again.
Old 12-27-2012, 09:26 PM   #2
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could have it just been a clogged bypass? also did you cut open the filer to see if there were any issues in the filter, or metal in the element itself?
Old 12-27-2012, 09:27 PM   #3
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Cool story.

I will continue running them though.
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:52 PM   #6
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Fram is junk, end of story. I've seen them cut open from my days working at a parts store. They are not worth what they cost, they are among the cheapest made filters on the market.
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Re: My fram filter

Just about every Fram I remove is dry when I remove it, drain back valves do not seal and allow a dry restart.

Also the bypass valve does not seal and allows dirt to bypass the filtering media.

I'm not surprised by your results.
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I cut it open, it looks terrible, no metal though. the bypass seemed somewhat ****ed. I put a purilator in it and it still makes great pressure
Old 12-30-2012, 02:42 PM   #9
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Re: My fram filter

I too have had issues with Fram, along with others that i know. I will never run a Fram oil filter again in anything i own.
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^nice screen name. lol
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Quote: Originally Posted by jasond
^nice screen name. lol
thanks lol. now we need a JasonE to post up lol
Old 12-30-2012, 07:10 PM   #12
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I have had similar issue running ac delco filters, purolator, and fram. sh!t happens.

glad you got it figured it out.
Old 12-31-2012, 11:52 AM   #13
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I always stuck with mobil 1, STP, or purolater filters for my cars that used spin ons. My TDI uses a cartridge filter and I just stick with OE filters from the dealer.
Old 12-31-2012, 04:45 PM   #14
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Quote: Originally Posted by mostizzle
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Oil Brand/Filter Brand threads are my favorite.
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Fram makes junk filters. I go with either WIX or Napa gold because they are WIX filters relabeled.
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ACDelco FTW!

"if you don't ask for ACDelco,your asking for it"
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Wix.
Old 01-01-2013, 05:35 PM   #18
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recently ac delco have lost there drain back valves though, around here anyway, the p/n changed as well
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Quote: Originally Posted by s10kid17
Fram makes junk filters. I go with either WIX or Napa gold because they are WIX filters relabeled.
samezies
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Quote: Originally Posted by Driveway Kustoms
recently ac delco have lost there drain back valves though, around here anyway, the p/n changed as well
my trucks are fine. I haven't bought any of the new filters with the "e" or whatever yet tho..
Old 01-01-2013, 06:52 PM   #21
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yea, I used to use acdelco, but now use purolator pure1 or wix, but mostly purolator because they stock them at work haha, but the filter element is decent, and overall construction for the price is on par
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Re: My fram filter

I know this is a little off topic but are Frams air filters ok or do they suck like their oil filters?
Old 01-01-2013, 07:50 PM   #23
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air filters don't really have as important of a job as an oil filter (I mean they are still important), and theres paper filters/ then mesh fabric filters. Obviously the mesh fabric filter better, and flow a little better, but as long as they keep dirt/dust out of the intake, it does its job. Oil filters are a little more complicated
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I've had issues with oil pressure with Frams also. I just stopped using them. Got my dad to finally stop using them too.

Motorcrafts on the Fords, Wix on everything else.
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Re: My fram filter

Quote: Originally Posted by BlazerZR5
my trucks are fine. I haven't bought any of the new filters with the "e" or whatever yet tho..
Stay away from them if at all possible. If you compare a newer "E" filter with an older filter, you can clearly see the quality difference. As I have stated before, compare the Ac Delco "E" filter with an STP filter, they are the same filter with a different label. That being said, I would still run one of them over a Fram.
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Re: My fram filter

since we are talking about oil filters. where is a good place to buy filters in bulk, like 10 at a time or so? Ebay is not proving to be good deals right now. both my 4.3 take the same filter.
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Quote: Originally Posted by Speedy2222
rockauto.com
You can get the 4x4 WIX filters for 4.30 something there. Less if you buy 6+ iirc.
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Quote: Originally Posted by mostizzle
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I almost forgot about that

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