Choosing the Ideal Oil Filter

Why is My Oil Filter Important?

Why is My Oil Filter Important?

One of the great ironies of vehicle servicing is that vehicle owners and technicians often pay great attention to the brand and type of oil that goes in your engine, but fit a cheap or inferior quality oil filter. The humble oil filter has a crucial job in filtering the oil circulating throughout your engine. Replacing your oil filter regularly with a new high quality item is absolutely crucial for the following reasons: 


A quality oil filter allows for clean oil to be circulated throughout the engine with minimal restriction, preventing damage to important engine components.


Most spin-on type filters have an ADV (Anti Drain-Back Valve) built-in to their design which helps reduce the chance of unnecessary friction on cold starts.


If your engine oil filter becomes blocked the Bypass Valve should open allowing unfiltered oil to circulate throughout the engine, which is not ideal.

What Types of Oil Filters Are There?

What Types of Oil Filters Are There?

There are two main types of oil filters:


Cartridge type filters sit within a housing which is typically situated next to the engine. The housing is usually not replaced for the life of the vehicle, hence there are cost and environmental benefits in the production of the cartridge filter element. 


Spin-on type filters typically screw onto a thread which is protruding from the engine block. Spin-on type filters are gradually becoming less popular for the reasons outlined above. 

What Brand of Oil Filter Should I Choose?


  • The ultimate in OE-level oil filters, supplying filters to some of Europe's leading car manufacturers
  • Superior filtration elements, class leading build and the finest engineering around
  • Available in both spin-on and cartridge for a wide range of vehicles


  • Australia's home-grown leader in filters, based, tested and engineered in Melbourne
  • Recently unveiled Syntec: their latest line of synthetic technology Oil Filters
  • Every Ryco oil filter boasts OE levels of filtration quality
  • In Ryco’s part numbering system, cartridge type filter part numbers begin with ‘R’. In Ryco, spin-on type filter part numbers begin with ‘Z'


  • K&N have spin-on type filters available with a nut welded to the top of the canister, for easy removal with a wrench – great for DIY enthusiasts who change their oil filter often. Look for the ‘HP-‘ prefix before the part number


  • Spin-on and cartridge filters, offering a basic level of filtration for every day drivers
  • Designed to work with Australia's most common passenger cars