I decided to dissect a new Chinese Ecogard filter. I am big on using American made parts if the quality is there even if the price is higher (within reason), so I would likely not consider these filters as long as you can get an American made filter for a reasonable price. (Ignore the fact my fleet is composed of two Toyotas...Though one is made here in Indiana.)
None of vehicles I have even use this filter, but it was the cheapest one on amazon I could find. One of the vehicles this filter fits is a Honda S2000. Now would I go zinging my s2000 to 9k rpm with the ecogard filter protecting it?.... Probably wouldn't kill it, but I wouldn't.
Anyway, I found a few issues that would preclude me from using the ecogard vs. say a Orange fram for a few bucks more, even if it strictly came down to only dollars and cents.
Im curious what every thinks.
"Premium" Oil filter. Its a nice touch to have the cross reference on the box.
Plastic seals the can. Its a long ride from China, got to keep those creepy crawlies out.
Looks Good so far.
A relatively young sample. I got this off Amazon for 1.88 as an add on item.
The sybols Get the point across. Note the arrows that indicate quarter turn revolutions on filter.
The ADBV was soft and pliable. No cuts or imperfections noted.
The inside has the slightest residue inside. It didn't feel oily.
Soapy water residue? It didn't wipe off using light pressure.
Pleats are uniform and plentiful.
Sloppy Glue Job.
Blowing on the Bypass valve it seemed like a little bit of air leaked thru thru. It was hardly a scientific test though.
I cut the media away to get a better look at the glue job.
The flange where the threads were tapped were very rough and I was concerned that a flake could possibly come off, but everything seemed secure. Still though I feel its concerning.
The Ecogard tap plates compared to two frams. The frams have a much better finish and quality. The roughness is not there on the frams.
The Media seems thin.
The centertube is flimsy and does not have a solid edge on the ends, but it gets the job done.
I noticed some molding flash on the pressure relief valve.
A closeup of the flash. I was able to dislodge some by running my finger over it a few times. I feel this easily could become dislodged and end up going into the engine. Probably wouldn't hurt anything though...
You can see where the bypass sealed off center on the endcap, it was close to the edge of not sealing at all. But in the end it appears to have sealed.