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Are uneven or wavy pleats that big of a deal? #4391845
04/29/17 05:36 AM
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Assuming no tears or separations, wouldn't uneven or wavy pleats still filter basically just as well?

Re: Are uneven or wavy pleats that big of a deal? [Re: gfh77665] #4391850
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It can effect the flow rate of the filter in some cases and even lower its ability to hold particles but this is more of the guessing side of things with no real evidence on hand.

Re: Are uneven or wavy pleats that big of a deal? [Re: gfh77665] #4391886
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I've long argued that it doesn't make a bit of difference.

Re: Are uneven or wavy pleats that big of a deal? [Re: gfh77665] #4391889
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I agree with Bottom_Feeder. Ed


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Re: Are uneven or wavy pleats that big of a deal? [Re: Bottom_Feeder] #4391921
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Originally Posted By: Bottom_Feeder
I've long argued that it doesn't make a bit of difference.


agree

its the filter media that does the work, -------and the home boys have no way to meaaure its efficience so we get comments like "looks nice"


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Re: Are uneven or wavy pleats that big of a deal? [Re: gfh77665] #4391931
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I would say yes they would, however, IMHO, it also points towards lack of overall quality and/or design. Case in point are the MC filters for my PSD. They are very long and the media is wavy to say the least. I think there could be a higher risk of torn media on a long filter where the media is not properly supported (pointing towards design). Most of the WIX and Baldwin filters (certainly all of the CarQuest Blues that I have) all use wire backed media. To me this is a better design or higher quality for the application. YMMV!


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Re: Are uneven or wavy pleats that big of a deal? [Re: gfh77665] #4391951
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I don't like them because even the cheapest cartridge filter achieves evenly spaced, straight pleats. So canister filters which don't just tell me that the manufacturer is being lazy and hiding poor quality behind a metal can that we can't see inside.

Re: Are uneven or wavy pleats that big of a deal? [Re: gfh77665] #4391980
04/29/17 09:00 AM
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I've wondered about this question too and not understood the concern about wavy pleats. Assuming the media wasn't wavy from the factory, it implies stresses are being applied. So the questions should be where is the stress coming from and is the filter not designed for the associated stresses?

My guess is the media expands as it fills with oil. The long pleats will expand more lengthwise, and with a rigid top and bottom, they're likely to start bending/bowing and creating the waves we see. The media itself is pliable, so I don't think the stress of the moving material loads the top and bottom where it's glued firmly to the metal caps. But maybe it does and this creates a stress point that can start to tear over time.

All speculation without any real science. Would be cool to know if the bends happen soon after installation or over the course of the cycle...


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Re: Are uneven or wavy pleats that big of a deal? [Re: Bottom_Feeder] #4392157
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Originally Posted By: Bottom_Feeder
I've long argued that it doesn't make a bit of difference.
+1 Only to certain Framboys who can predict the future.

Re: Are uneven or wavy pleats that big of a deal? [Re: edwardh1] #4392159
04/29/17 12:25 PM
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Originally Posted By: edwardh1
Originally Posted By: Bottom_Feeder
I've long argued that it doesn't make a bit of difference.


agree

its the filter media that does the work, -------and the home boys have no way to meaaure its efficience so we get comments like "looks nice"
+1 Love the "science" there.

Re: Are uneven or wavy pleats that big of a deal? [Re: HerrStig] #4392235
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Originally Posted By: HerrStig
Originally Posted By: Bottom_Feeder
I've long argued that it doesn't make a bit of difference.
+1 Only to certain Framboys who can predict the future.


LoL, big tears in the media (along with wavy pleats) doesn't matter to Tearolator fanboys either ... grin

Re: Are uneven or wavy pleats that big of a deal? [Re: 2015_PSD] #4392366
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Originally Posted By: 2015_PSD
I would say yes they would, however, IMHO, it also points towards lack of overall quality and/or design. Case in point are the MC filters for my PSD. They are very long and the media is wavy to say the least. I think there could be a higher risk of torn media on a long filter where the media is not properly supported (pointing towards design). Most of the WIX and Baldwin filters (certainly all of the CarQuest Blues that I have) all use wire backed media. To me this is a better design or higher quality for the application. YMMV!

+1 Wavy and crooked pleats are a sign of poor quality or a design defect. They filter until the media ruptures. Then the filter operates in bypass depending upon the area of the rupture. In my view this is a filter failure and the filter did not perform as advertised. The wavy or crooked pleats is also a sign that under slightly more stress, the likelihood of a media rupture is higher.


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Re: Are uneven or wavy pleats that big of a deal? [Re: WellOiled] #4392534
04/29/17 08:47 PM
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Wavy or perfectly straight it filters the same.
I don't think its a big deal.As long as the filter does its job I don't care what it looks like inside.


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Re: Are uneven or wavy pleats that big of a deal? [Re: gfh77665] #4392803
04/30/17 08:38 AM
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Wavy in itself isn't bad, it's the tears & holes you have to watch out for. Otherwise this Purflux wouldn't filter at all-it's all waves!


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Re: Are uneven or wavy pleats that big of a deal? [Re: gfh77665] #4393848
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The largest stresses on an oil filter come from cold starts where the oil viscosity is at least 100 times higher than at operating temperature. These repeated pressure surges when the cold engine first lights off at high idle and before the bypass valve can open causes fatigue stresses and deterioration in the filter media. Wavy filter media indicates to me that it is not adequately supported during pressure surges and could release or dump a cloud of very fine (< 10 micron) particulate, that the filter has previously captured, back into the oil stream. Until the filter companies start releasing dynamic filter test data, we will never know for sure and be left relying upon what we can see when the filters are cut open. This is one reason I check Bitog. Does anyone here have any information on the dynamic performance of lube oil filters during real life conditions?


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