Anyone use Automotive store Oil Filters on mowers? $2.99 VS $9.99ea

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by TimTim2008, Sep 10, 2009.

  1. TimTim2008

    TimTim2008 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I know its been asked before, but what are you guys thoughts on autoparts store oil filters?

    I use a LOT of "Kohler Engines 14 to 20 HP Oil Filter OEM # 52-050-02" filters.
    but i'm tired of pay $9.99 and sometimes MORE for this same filter.

    Anyone use Automotive store, Oil Filters on mowers?
    (from pepboys, autozone, napa, etc)


    Auto oil filters are only $2.49 to $3.99
    when the OEM part is sometimes $9.99 (or more) at the shops..


    HELL, autozone and pepboys run a $9.99 OIL change special, that comes with a oil filter & 5qts of OIL all for under TEN bucks..


    PS. is there other parts (like spark plugs, or platinum plugs) that we can use too?


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    The Fram number is PH7575 or PH3614 ?

    Fleetguard LF3335

    Purolator L10241

    Wix 51348

    Napa 1348





    Here are the Wix Specs:

    Part Number: 51348

    UPC Number: 765809513488

    Style: Spin-On Lube Filter


    Service: Lube


    Type: Full Flow


    Media: Paper


    Height: 3.404

    Outer Diameter Top: 2.921


    Outer Diameter Bottom: Closed


    Thread Size: 3/4-16


    By-Pass Valve Setting-PSI: 8-11


    Anti-Drain Back Valve: Yes


    Burst Pressure-PSI: 275


    Max Flow Rate: 7-9 GPM


    Nominal Micron Rating: 21


    Gasket Diameter (attached)


    O.D. 2.734

    I.D. 2.430

    Thickness 0.226



    VS $30+ for this BS overpriced kit

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  2. Cleve

    Cleve LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Rockmart, GA
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    Yes, and I do get most of my filters and anything else I can from auto parts stores.
    The only filters I won't use are Fram or the store brand. Just don't trust them. There are many web sites now that have good info on which filters are good and which are bad.
    I do know that NAPA gold, Wix, Purolator, KN, and some other "Brand" names are also good. Just NOT Fram.
     
  3. TimTim2008

    TimTim2008 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    intresting... anyone use cheap filters in skids steers/track loaders too?

    now i may not go cheap on the hydro filter and fluid..


    but in the mowers ,i change them every month or 100hrs or so.. so that can add up to $ in savings
     
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  4. Cleve

    Cleve LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Rockmart, GA
    Posts: 398

    Not sure what you mean by "cheap".
    I won't use anything considered cheap on anything I own. Oldest mower to best auto, they all get what I hope is "best". I go synthetic whenever I can and will only use oil or filters that I have researched to make sure they are built well.
    My main intent of the answer to your post was that I will purchase from most any auto parts store if the price is right.
     
  5. Breezmeister

    Breezmeister LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from South Jersey
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    You can use any auto filter on any mower, Wix, Fram, Napa etc. Eveyone has an opinion on which is better :confused: And yea, I have used Wix and Fram on BobCat skid streets and Kubota front end loaders

    But for hydros, I always use the OME filters. I have seen what happens when you don't use the right filter, they blow up and make a BIG mess :laugh:
     
  6. Need4racin

    Need4racin LawnSite Member
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    I would only use a wix filter. Btw, Napa gold and Carquest blue are relabeled wix filters.
     
  7. LushGreenLawn

    LushGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    I use (gasp) wal-mart supertech filters.

    On the oil forums at bobistheoilguy.com there is a guy who runs then for 10k miles or more and then cuts them open and points out how good they still look. I do not run them in my vehicles though, because I use amsoil filters with a 15k mile oil, but if I was going to change them at 3k miles, I would.
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  8. LushGreenLawn

    LushGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    Btw, on hydros, I do buy the oem filter also, I'm worried about pressure, but they may be on the return line anyway. I figured for something that's done so little why risk it.
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  9. VegetiveSteam

    VegetiveSteam LawnSite Senior Member
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    How does $6.00 each for Kohler 52 050 02-S filters sound when purchased 12 at a time shipped to your door?
     
  10. LushGreenLawn

    LushGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    For oem filters from a reliable source?
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