Regular inspections and replacement of your oil filters are two of the essential steps that should be critical parts of your equipment maintenance regime. Oil filters play a significant role in making sure that the lubricants and oils moving through your machinery and its components remain in the cleanest possible condition.
Contaminated oil contains foreign bodies that can severely deteriorate your engine's state, resulting in premature equipment failure or significant machine damage. Your device will only operate at its best when you lubricate it sufficiently as each moving part present in it will come into contact with the oil you add to it from time to time.
The oil which you'll add to your machine needs to be in perfect condition and free from all types of contaminants such as dirt, dust, and debris. Oil filters are replaceable components, which are in continuous usage whenever the engine is operating. Time intervals at which you need to replace your filter depends on its model, the number of hours it's been working for, and the type of application it's used in.
After removing filters from your machines, you can inspect them visually and look for any signs of deterioration by taking a good look at their general appearance. During this preliminary inspection, you may notice possible filter damage, presence of cuts in the pleats, condition of seals on both ends, signs of collapse in the central tube, mechanical damage to the filter's central core, and more.
As a user, you always want to ensure that the filter you've used has carried out its intended task. After removing the filter, if you don't notice any particles or contaminants in it, then maybe it was in a bypass state. If there was a seal used in your filter, it may get pinched and damaged due to which the filter stopped functioning correctly.
When performing an oil filter inspection, always verify if the oil filter seems to have been replaced at the right time. If your filter has an appearance that resembles a matted, dry creek bed and the particles appear to have packed onto the filter's external surface, this might indicate that your filter wasn't replaced on time.
During a detailed filter inspection, you may also observe oil degradation products such as varnish on your oil filter. You can notice the presence of such degradation products on the center tube of end caps of your filter. Besides varnish, you may also discover sludge that could be hanging off the filter's exterior.
The color of sludge on your filter may range from white, brown, and black. The presence of sludge is considered to be an increasingly pressing issue that needs to be investigated thoroughly. It would help if you examined your oil filters for high wear metal concentrations, which can easily be seen in glittery, metallic particles on your filter.
In some cases, a magnet gets waved across the filter media to clutch onto the ferromagnetic particles. You can then inspect these particles under a magnifying glass. Apart from that, some unusual contaminants may be present in your filter, including fibers, paint chips, seal substances, and particles of various sizes and colors.
One of the primary reasons for such uncommon pollutants in your filter includes opening a machine for inspection or repair. This leads to increased exposure of your engine to the external environment, providing entry for foreign particles into the system, ultimately showing up on your filter.
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