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#3354673 - 04/27/14 01:52 PM Yay! No tears in Motorcraft filter.
1kickbuttranger Offline


Registered: 08/23/04
Posts: 305
Loc: California
Have been slightly on edge with all the recent Purolator media tears, so I decided to dig up the last FL400s I took off about a month ago.

This was taken off at 320,000 with a 4k OCI of MC 5w-30. This is probably my 80th MC filter on the truck.

I didn't feel like pulling out the Dremel and making a mess, so I crudely drilled a 1/2" hole in the dome end and used tin snips and channelocks to peel the can open.
Some of the scratches and snags on the media were from me fighting it a bit out of the jagged can.







MC filters and 4K OCI religiously since new.

I'm up for another oil change in a couple thou, so I'll get that one opened up as well.
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#3354677 - 04/27/14 01:55 PM Re: Yay! No tears in Motorcraft filter. [Re: 1kickbuttranger]
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Registered: 09/07/10
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Holy [censored]! What did you do to that poor filter? http://smile.amazon.com/Longacre-Oil-Fil...l+filter+cutter
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#3354684 - 04/27/14 02:02 PM Re: Yay! No tears in Motorcraft filter. [Re: 1kickbuttranger]
panthermike Offline


Registered: 04/01/08
Posts: 3153
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
I'm glad the MC's seem solid, that's what I'm using on the Mazda. 320K on your Ranger, nice! How does she run?
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#3354686 - 04/27/14 02:04 PM Re: Yay! No tears in Motorcraft filter. [Re: 1kickbuttranger]
stranger706 Offline


Registered: 04/24/09
Posts: 870
Loc: Gulf Coast
I think a shotgun would have given a cleaner cut. Gotta do what ya gotta do though.

Filter looks good. I used to use MC filters as well. For now I think I will be using Fram Ultra. I really like the idea of wire backed media, and the ease of obtaining the Frams.

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#3354699 - 04/27/14 02:17 PM Re: Yay! No tears in Motorcraft filter. [Re: stranger706]
1kickbuttranger Offline


Registered: 08/23/04
Posts: 305
Loc: California
Originally Posted By: tinmanSC
Holy [censored]! What did you do to that poor filter? http://smile.amazon.com/Longacre-Oil-Fil...l+filter+cutter


Don't have a spare $56... frown

Originally Posted By: panthermike
320K on your Ranger, nice! How does she run?


Like new!!

Originally Posted By: stranger706
I think a shotgun would have given a cleaner cut. Gotta do what ya gotta do though.



LOL!! It only took about a minute with stuff I had lying around.
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#3354755 - 04/27/14 03:35 PM Re: Yay! No tears in Motorcraft filter. [Re: 1kickbuttranger]
robshelton Offline


Registered: 07/10/09
Posts: 429
Loc: Winston-Salem, NC
I also use the 400s on my truck. I'd say the filter media looks good. And who cares about the torn can anyway? Somebody want to keep it maybe frame it? One could hang it next to (Or above) the pictures of their cars and children... ;-)
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#3354784 - 04/27/14 04:02 PM Re: Yay! No tears in Motorcraft filter. [Re: 1kickbuttranger]
sayjac Offline


Registered: 10/13/08
Posts: 7908
Loc: The Old North State
Originally Posted By: 1kickbuttranger
Originally Posted By: tinmanSC
Holy [censored]! What did you do to that poor filter? http://smile.amazon.com/Longacre-Oil-Fil...l+filter+cutter


Don't have a spare $56... frown

No worries. A visit to Harbor Freight with 25% off coupon that's been floating around in many magazines gets you a decent oil filter cutter for ~$15. Recently used it is to cut open a chrome Harley Davidson 5um (name) filter. Took a little finesse and several turns as the HD can is very heavy gauge, but it worked. On normal oil filters it gets the job done faster. Worth it if you plan future oil filter dissection posting. Works on up to 3.25" dia. filters, according to FL400 OD specs, it should work just fine. The 25% off coupons are become more scarce, but there's still lots of 20% off coupons around.

FL400S looks good, don't think there have been any MC tears posted, just several endcap poppers but that's not generally a functional issue. Thanks for the pics.

http://www.harborfreight.com/exhaust-pipe-cut-off-tool-69327.html


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#3354793 - 04/27/14 04:09 PM Re: Yay! No tears in Motorcraft filter. [Re: 1kickbuttranger]
gregk24 Offline


Registered: 04/13/13
Posts: 2545
Loc: FL, USA
Looks good, also looks like you have a CLEAN engine on your hands. Keep up the good work! Thanks for sharing.
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#3354794 - 04/27/14 04:12 PM Re: Yay! No tears in Motorcraft filter. [Re: 1kickbuttranger]
HTSS_TR Offline


Registered: 04/17/06
Posts: 12900
Loc: Irvine, CA
Looks like both oil and filter can be used for another 3-4k miles.
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#3354797 - 04/27/14 04:12 PM Re: Yay! No tears in Motorcraft filter. [Re: 1kickbuttranger]
ZeeOSix Offline


Registered: 07/22/10
Posts: 6720
Loc: PNW
Motorcrafts don't seem to have the media tearing issue from what has been seen here. This filter looks excellent.

Things to note. This Motorcraft has a glued seam instead of a metal crimped seam, has tightly spaced pleats near the seam, and uses a different media composition than the Purolators. IMO, all those factors seem to come into play with the tearing issue. Those factors don't seem to be present in the Motorcraft line.


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#3354835 - 04/27/14 04:58 PM Re: Yay! No tears in Motorcraft filter. [Re: ZeeOSix]
RF Overlord Offline


Registered: 11/08/03
Posts: 3062
Loc: Cape Cod, MA
Originally Posted By: ZeeOSix
Those factors don't seem to be present in the Motorcraft line.
Best news I've had all day... drive
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#3354875 - 04/27/14 05:50 PM Re: Yay! No tears in Motorcraft filter. [Re: sayjac]
earlyre Offline


Registered: 11/22/11
Posts: 2063
Loc: Lima, Ohio, USA
Originally Posted By: sayjac
Originally Posted By: 1kickbuttranger
Originally Posted By: tinmanSC
Holy [censored]! What did you do to that poor filter? http://smile.amazon.com/Longacre-Oil-Fil...l+filter+cutter


Don't have a spare $56... frown

No worries. A visit to Harbor Freight with 25% off coupon that's been floating around in many magazines gets you a decent oil filter cutter for ~$15. Recently used it is to cut open a chrome Harley Davidson 5um (name) filter. Took a little finesse and several turns as the HD can is very heavy gauge, but it worked. On normal oil filters it gets the job done faster. Worth it if you plan future oil filter dissection posting. Works on up to 3.25" dia. filters, according to FL400 OD specs, it should work just fine. The 25% off coupons are become more scarce, but there's still lots of 20% off coupons around.

FL400S looks good, don't think there have been any MC tears posted, just several endcap poppers but that's not generally a functional issue. Thanks for the pics.

http://www.harborfreight.com/exhaust-pipe-cut-off-tool-69327.html


huh.. I've had good luck using a standard Kitchen Can opener. manual hand crank type. Picked it up @ Dollar General for a couple bucks
just pull out the gasket, set the geared end inside the rim, and let the cutter walk the seam. last P1 I cut open was only about 3-4 "laps" of the can before it came apart...
here's a pic with everything laid out:



Edited by earlyre (04/27/14 05:53 PM)
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#3354926 - 04/27/14 06:40 PM Re: Yay! No tears in Motorcraft filter. [Re: 1kickbuttranger]
dlundblad Offline


Registered: 09/30/13
Posts: 1277
Loc: Indiana
Looks very good. Exceptional value IMO.
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#3355009 - 04/27/14 07:50 PM Re: Yay! No tears in Motorcraft filter. [Re: tinmanSC]
David1 Offline


Registered: 06/17/13
Posts: 820
Loc: USA, FLA
Originally Posted By: tinmanSC
Holy [censored]! What did you do to that poor filter? http://smile.amazon.com/Longacre-Oil-Fil...l+filter+cutter


He did wan to spend 60$ on a oil filter cutter.

However I do a good job with hacksaw.
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#3355012 - 04/27/14 07:51 PM Re: Yay! No tears in Motorcraft filter. [Re: 1kickbuttranger]
David1 Offline


Registered: 06/17/13
Posts: 820
Loc: USA, FLA
MC makes probably the best American made OEM filter you can get for the $.

They always prove to be good.
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