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      04-18-2014, 07:31 AM   #1
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Oil filter.

So I was leaving for deployment last year and I just remembered I changed the oil before I put the car In storage. Long story short the local shop only had a fram oil filter so I used that and parked the car. Didn't really drive if. My question is I want to replace it with a bmw one because I feel the other one did feel It was rather tight like I had to force it almost. Has my worried to run It when I come back and at the track. With the way our filter is setup can I just change filters without draining the oil?
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To be clear, you are saying it has been a year since your last oil change?

If so, you need to change the oil again either way, regardless of milaege.
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I've never heard or seen anything good about Fram filters, I would change it immediately. Plus like The Stig said, change the oil every year or 5,000 miles, whichever comes first.

I personally like to only use BMW oil filters so i know the quality control is there. I've seen fram filters with giant gaps between ribs and tears in them fresh out of the box.
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Yup the new oil change has about 7 miles on it and I parked the car with the ebrake down and in first gear with a car cover on. I deployed. I winterized it aswell. I was just asking about the filter.
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I've heard Fram oil filters don't use the best media paper.
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I understand that ^ this is why I want to replace it before I start driving it again when I come home next month. It was just something I threw on there before I left And that's all they had in stock at the time. I wanted the car to have fresh oil sitting it instead of the oil burned up stuff from all my track days over the span of the 9 months I been gone.
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If the oil has been in the car for a year i'd change it regardless of miles on it along with the filter.
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If the oil has been in the car for a year i'd change it regardless of miles on it along with the filter.
Yup.
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To answer your question. Yes you can just change out the filter. I only use factory or Mann filters. As others have stated if the car has been stored for an extended time then another oil change is in order.
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