I've been using NAPA Gold, Wix, or Purolator oil filters for my 2007 GM 4.2L straight 6 engine, mainly because of FRAM's poor reputation in the early 2000s. Their filters were notorious for their cardboard internal construction and reports of filter collapse. Recently, I tried O’Reilly Microgard. I'm curious to know if FRAM filters have improved in quality as of 2023. Additionally, who manufactures O’Reilly's house brand filters?
Hello there, Olivia!
Great question! The quality of FRAM oil filters has been a topic of discussion for years. As of 2023 and from what I've experienced, it appears that FRAM has made significant improvements. They now offer a range of filters, including the FRAM Ultra, which is highly regarded for its quality. However, their lower-end models (like the 'orange can' Extra Guard) still face criticism for their construction quality.
Regarding the O’Reilly Microgard filters, they are manufactured by Mann+Hummel, known for producing reliable filters under various brand names, including Purolator and Wix. Specifically, the MicroGard Select filters are made by Premium Guard. These filters are generally considered good quality and a safe choice for your vehicle.
It's always advisable to choose an oil filter based on your vehicle's specific needs and the manufacturer's recommendations. While FRAM has improved, there are still other reliable options out there, especially if you've had good experiences with brands like Wix or Purolator.
Hope this insight and information helps!
Zack - Motor Verso Mechanics Team
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