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Filter Manufacturers Council Re: Using aftermarket filters

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by hwew, Feb 26, 2007.

  1. hwew

    hwew LawnSite Member
    Messages: 73

    Here you go. Please read and comment if you want.
    There has been some false information going around and I thought this would help clear things up.

    Manufacturers' Warranty
    Consumer purchasers of filters are sometimes told that an aftermarket brand of replacement filter cannot be used in the consumer's vehicle during the warranty period. The claim is made that use of an aftermarket brand will "void the warranty," with the statement or implication that only the original equipment brand of filters may be used. This tends to cast doubt on the quality of the aftermarket filter.

    That claim is simply not true. If the consumer asks for the statement in writing, they will not receive it. Nevertheless, the consumer may feel uneasy about using replacement filters that are not original equipment. With the large number of consumers who prefer to use an aftermarket filter this misleading statement should be addressed.

    Under the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, the Clean Air Act and general principles of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission Act, a manufacturer may not require the use of any brand of filter (or any other article) unless the manufacturer provides the item free of charge under the terms of the warranty.

    If the consumer is told that only the original equipment filter will not void the warranty, they should request that the OE filter be supplied free of charge. If they are charged for the filter, the manufacturer may be violating the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act or other applicable law.

    By providing this information to consumers, the members of the Filter Manufacturers Council (FMC) intend to combat the erroneous claim that the use of a brand of replacement filter other than original equipment will "void the warranty."

    It should be noted that the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act is a U.S. federal law that applies to consumer products. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has authority to enforce the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, including obtaining injunctions and orders containing affirmative relief. In addition, a consumer can bring suit under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.


    For additional information, contact:

    Filter Manufacturers Council
    P.O. Box 13966
    Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-3966
    Phone: 919/406-8817 Fax: 919/406-1306
    Administered by Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association

    Revised October 2005

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  2. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,087

    Thanks... I myself read some of that and simply interjected
  3. green acres lawns

    green acres lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 362

    Most oem filters are made by the aftermarket filter makers. I would say wix and donaldson make most of the oem filters.
  4. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,087

    That's right......
  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    You know the whole thing with the warranty is the biggest consumer 'buy me' incentive that does so little good when it can take up to SIX months before I get my stuff back! Bringing anything in for a warranty repair is, for me, an absolute last resort... Meaning it would have to cost more than a few dollars and hours for me to fix it, or it's so badly busted and I can NOT get the part (which, that's another story).

    So since I have to fix it myself most of the time anyway, I'll run any dang filter I please.

    Funny thing is J-Thomas is selling the Prolong filters for Kohlers and Kawasakis for $3-$6 each now.
  6. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    I took a Kohler engine in under warranty for a lifter tick one time. The engine had a Purolator Pure One filter on it and the dealer didn't say a word. He just fixed the tick and sent me on my way.
  7. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,426

    Reminds me of Kawasaki's extended warranty if yo use their oil and filters but by the time you pay for all the expensive OEM products your into a lot of money. Can't remember the specifics on the warranty. I buy Kohler filters for about $8 dollars just in case even though I know Kohler doesn't make oil filters.

    MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,568

    Richard Martin,i say you have a good dealer most here would shun you.
  9. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,085

    I think it's called the Massey-Fergussen act (SP). They actually ahve to prove what caused the damage before denying a claim.

    MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,568

    Well the purolater filters we have been using them for 10 + years don't no who makes them but they seem fine.

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