I bought an air filter at walmart yesterday for my wife's car and this is what I notice when I went to put it in...
I never thought that a guy with a sharpie could be considered quality control. I am guessing that fram is buying this filter from someone else.
I did pull the filter out of the box before I bought it but I didn't look at it that close. Good thing I noticed it before I put it in because the gasket was kinda crummy also and it is a pain to get to.
the factory flter had some fuzz sticking out also but not as bad and nothing that looks like it would leak. It was made in korea. These filters for this application has what looks like some fuzzy polyester or cotton on the inlet side with a not so fuzzy back side. The frame is a hard plastic and there is a rubber gasket around the outside that you could pull off.
Factory filter never been out in since new. 15k miles on it.
This was the only spot that the media showed through.
I didn't feel comfortable using the filter so I went to O'rileys to get a wix but wound up getting a microgaurd instead. It look good and was cheaper than the fram at walmart and made in Poland. I looked at the only fram for this app that they had and it wasn't as bad as the one from walmart but still had the sharpie covering the media. The gasket on the microguard looked much better than the fram or the factory filter.
Microguard and the oe:
Fram and the oe:
Aside from the sharpie and the gasket the fram wasn't to bad. I do like the microguard better. I have not looked at any others to have a comparison.
I think I will bring this to the attention to fram before I return it. It didn't look like it was going to affect filtration but I didn't like it.