Silverado Oil Filter

Discussion in 'Chevy Silverado Forum (GMC Sierra)' started by ChevyFan, Nov 6, 2010.

  1. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan Administrator Staff Member

    What's the best oil filters to use for the Chevy Silverado? I assume everyone's got their own preferences? ​

  2. 04-silverado

    04-silverado New Member

    I go with Dana/WIX (available as NAPA GOLD at NAPA auto parts stores--and they are reasonably priced as well).
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2010
  3. 4.8chevysilverado07

    4.8chevysilverado07 New Member

    i use the same unless royal purple is havein a sale lol

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    i use the same unless royal purple is on sale
  4. murdog94

    murdog94 New Member

    Im a WIX guy all the way, that is when i do my own oil, since during the winter i dont always change it since i dont have a garage, and my truck doesnt fit in my buddies shop....
  5. ntbush83

    ntbush83 New Member

    I've always gone with napa gold oil filters. I'm a big napa fan and since we spend 50 grand on oil, oil filters, general service on our farm equipment every year might as well buy the truck filter from them as well! I did try a K&N this most recent time though. We'll see if it holds up!
  6. silverhobey

    silverhobey New Member

    I will but stock GM, as I did with my other GM's when they were newer. I know there was a posting or a thread here somewhere in thelast week about a mechanic finding problem with a brand of oil filters recently. He stated something about the brand never used to be any trouble, but when we were all posting/threading about oil/oil changes he mentioned about a particular brand----hope this makes sense as I have had very little sleep today---just got off rotation of 3 x 12's of midnights at work (only in Canada eh!!! )
  7. ridick_bowen

    ridick_bowen New Member

    Amsoil Ea filter.
  8. msvx95

    msvx95 Member

    I'm simple...Fram works for me. I like the grip on the bottom of the filter.
  9. 4.8chevysilverado07

    4.8chevysilverado07 New Member

    we took one of them fram ones apart in class one time and the napa was better it had a metal ring holding it together while the fram had just cardboard...
  10. 2COR517

    2COR517 New Member

    I've done some research on this. For the most part, there are two categories of filters, plus Fram. In general.....

    The first category: Champ labs produces most of the low/mid level filters. STP, Group 7, local quickie lube, Napa Pro-Select and sorry to say, AC Delco. Minimal amounts of filter media, low grade anti drain back, cheesy flat spring, etc. The filter rating scales are virtually useless, therefore it's easy for them to pass. The mid lines like Bosch, Silverline, etc are still Champ, but a little better quality. Better quality anti-drainback for example.

    Second category: Top quality filters. WIX (including Napa Gold and Carquest's premium filter), Donaldson, Mobil1/K&N, etc. The WIX and Donaldson (Amsoil) filters are very high quality. Solid construction, good materials, often synthetic blend filter media. Mobil1 and K&N are the same filter, by Mobil 1. They have the best quality filter media, full synthetic with variable pore size.

    Fram: For the most part, crap. The orange ones have poor construction, usually cardboard endplates on the filter medium. Abundant marketing gives them a strong market share. The Tough Guard is often a better filter, and twice as expensive.

    There are exceptions to this. Some STP cartridge filters are German made, and cost $15 or more. And some Fram filters do have metal end plates, heavy bases, etc.

    What do I use? Mobil 1. On an economy job I'll use a Fram Tough Guard.
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2010
  11. ntbush83

    ntbush83 New Member

    Good write up 2COR517! I guess I'm happy since mine are on the top quality list haha
  12. KyleZ71

    KyleZ71 New Member

    I use the K&N oil filter. Has a 1" nut on the bottom which makes taking off an ease. If you have the skid plates like I do it can get annoying to take other filters off the regular way.
  13. ntbush83

    ntbush83 New Member

    Same here which is why I made the same choice.
  14. Als09Sierra

    Als09Sierra New Member

    I'm not too picky as long as the filter works because I replace my oil every 3k or fewer miles. I recently put a Car Quest filter on and had to replace it because it leaked. I understand they're generally a good filter, made by Wix, but I won't go back to them. I replaced it with the Purolator with the grip.
  15. stephan

    stephan New Member

    I'm using the Fram ph373 "long" filter for the extra filtering capacity & the added cooling, but I may be changing to something else after reading 2CORs & 4.8chevysilvers reviews of the Frams lol. Do you know if the ph373 is one of the cheap Frams? Do any other manufacturers offer the long 10" filter?
  16. 4.8chevysilverado07

    4.8chevysilverado07 New Member

    idk ill see if i can find out though
  17. 04-silverado

    04-silverado New Member

    FWIW:

    Here's a fairly comprehensive listing and comparison of oil filters:


    I found it to be useful when I decided to no longer use FRAM oil filters (some years ago). But this information is somewhat dated (ten+ years old)... does anyone have a link to more up-to-date info?
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2010
  18. Bigbomber

    Bigbomber New Member

    I use WIX filters from NAPA.I was going to purchase a K&N filter with the nut on the bottom that they sell for $20.00 until i saw one that the guys at my local NAPA store cut in half.The materials they use in these are garbage compared to the WIX at less than half the price.
  19. KyleZ71

    KyleZ71 New Member

    I have no problems with my K&N oil filter, easy to install. and work well. I don't see myself switching anytime soon.
  20. 04-silverado

    04-silverado New Member

    No one has any more recent info?

    The reason I am interested is: in today's environment of multinational corporations, buying and selling smaller corporations, who really knows which companies (from the list to which I linked) are still intact and making the same (and/or improved) filters? Then too, if company "A" likes company "B"s product line, and buys them out... they might be inclined to keep the BRANDED NAME on the product, but produce a less costly and lower quality product... after all, to them the game is what will be added to their BOTTOM LINE (they really could not care less about consumers... after all, in a few years, when the lower quality product gets a bad name from "word of mouth"... they could simply SELL it).

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