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Old 07 Aug 2005, 03:58 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Just saw an ad for the MaxLife oil filter. It is made by Purolator and
sold by Valvoline. According to their web site, it is intended for cars
with over 75,000 miles and prevents sludge.

My question is: can I safely use it on my low mileage '03 Camry 3.0L
V6? I simply want to use a better than the regular filter.

There have been some posts about sludge forming in Toyotas and perhaps
this would help. Yes? No?

Any feedback on this subject?

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Old 07 Aug 2005, 04:26 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Wayne55dud@aol.com wrote:
> My question is: can I safely use it on my low mileage '03 Camry 3.0L
> V6? I simply want to use a better than the regular filter.


In general, the Purolator filters are well thought of, but the real
answer to your question lies in the results of the Society of Automotive
Engineers (SAE) tests numbered J806 and J1858. Ask the manufacturer for
these results and then compare them to others. For extra credit, post
the results here so we can all learn something.
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Old 07 Aug 2005, 05:42 pm   #3 (permalink)
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<Wayne55dud@aol.com> wrote in message
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> Just saw an ad for the MaxLife oil filter. It is made by Purolator and
> sold by Valvoline. According to their web site, it is intended for cars
> with over 75,000 miles and prevents sludge.
>
> My question is: can I safely use it on my low mileage '03 Camry 3.0L
> V6? I simply want to use a better than the regular filter.
>
> There have been some posts about sludge forming in Toyotas and perhaps
> this would help. Yes? No?
>
> Any feedback on this subject?
>


Maxlife oil for high mileage cars has special chemical additives that help
cure worn/leaky valves and other similar conditions that can cause excessive
oil use or even burning oil.

If the Maxlife filter has these same chemical additives in it, then it would
most certainly cause damage to a relatively new engine. In fact, the
chemicals in Maxlife oil make it thicker, and more likely to cause sludge
than regular oil.

If you want a "better than the regular filter" try the Fram X2 ($10) or
Mobil 1 (about $12).

But a filter has little to do with sludge. Use a full synthetic oil like
Mobil 1 5W-30 and you will not get sludge. You can extend to oil change
interval with Mobil 1 to (maximum 7.5K miles) to help offset the extra cost.

If you still can't afford a full synthetic, use a synthetic blend oil
(available from Mobil and many other manufacturers).


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