Why micron size matters for oil filtration

We all know that keeping engine oil clean is the best way to keep a car happy. And the first step is to ensure the engine has highly efficient oil filtration.

But what does highly efficient even mean when there are so many different variables to consider? And when we’re talking micron sizes, which is best? The temptation is to say that “the smaller, the better” and be done with it.

But, if it was that easy, everyone would be doing it!

Determining the appropriate micron for a filter depends on its intended use. With different engine oils having different viscosities and each engine having a different operating pressure, filter space, fluid flow capacity requirements etc, it is not as straightforward as saying smaller is always better.

If the microns in the filter are too small, the filter can clog up and blow, but if they are much too large, the filtration function is jeopardised. In both cases, it’s bad news for the vehicle engine which can lose performance or be damaged.

The challenge, then, is to work with comprehensive knowledge of oil and fuel behaviors in different engines and under different conditions so that you can determine exactly what degree of filtration and oil flow is needed and what the priority is for each vehicle.

One of our suppliers of choice, for filtration, is Hengst. The German company works with different fibers, including cellulose, cellulose-polyester mix, and nano fibers, to achieve the best filtration results for all European vehicle engine types. If you’d like to know more about these filters, email us at sales@lintrex.com.au

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Why micron size matters for oil filtration was last modified: February 22nd, 2017 by David Elliott