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Do you label your oil filters when installing them? #5112987 05/22/19 11:54 PM
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I do. Put the date (day /month / year) and mileage. Also put a small arrow on it so when it contacts the base I can use it to finish tightening the 3/4 round. I use Motorcraft filters so the writing stands out; the arrow is because the filter on a 3.5 EB is hidden pretty well.


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Re: Do you label your oil filters when installing them? [Re: double vanos] #5112989 05/22/19 11:56 PM
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I don't but I really should.


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Re: Do you label your oil filters when installing them? [Re: double vanos] #5112996 05/23/19 12:09 AM
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Nope. In the 70's, I used to change "on the 3". 3,300, 6,600, 9,900 - or thereabouts. In the 90's, I went to change "on the 5". 5,000, 10,000, 15,000. I even made my own oil change sticker with a piece of tape & a marker.

Now, I just do it when the oil life monitor tells me to.

I always kept records. Receipts for the material, with the date & mileage of oil change written on the back. In the 2000's, I switched to keeping records online.

Re: Do you label your oil filters when installing them? [Re: double vanos] #5113001 05/23/19 12:16 AM
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Nope, just keep records of the OCI on the computer.


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Re: Do you label your oil filters when installing them? [Re: double vanos] #5113003 05/23/19 12:17 AM
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Nope. I used to keep a log book for oil changes. Now that I can't DIY, I take it to a local shop.

For spin-on filter tightening, since I use a socket adapter for the oil filter, I can easily tell the 3/4 rotation. FRAM marks(or marked) their filter cans to help people indicate the 3/4 tightening rule.


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Re: Do you label your oil filters when installing them? [Re: double vanos] #5113029 05/23/19 01:37 AM
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Nope, never have. Always used a notebook or spreadsheet.


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Re: Do you label your oil filters when installing them? [Re: double vanos] #5113031 05/23/19 01:55 AM
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I keep everything in a little brown note book. Date, miles, what was used, how much was used etc., anything peculiar about car or that day.


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Re: Do you label your oil filters when installing them? [Re: double vanos] #5113032 05/23/19 01:57 AM
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I don't mark filters, I keep everything in a little brown note book. Date, miles, what was used, how much was used etc., anything peculiar about car or that day. Hard to mark a cartridge filter anyway.


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Re: Do you label your oil filters when installing them? [Re: double vanos] #5113037 05/23/19 02:46 AM
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I write on them with a permanent marker with date, mileage, and my name. Has always worked well.


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Re: Do you label your oil filters when installing them? [Re: double vanos] #5113053 05/23/19 04:07 AM
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Why?

Oil and filter get changed twice a year, spring and fall.


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Re: Do you label your oil filters when installing them? [Re: double vanos] #5113056 05/23/19 04:33 AM
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I tend to use Hastings or Baldwin filters, so my black Sharpie works good for those. I post date, mileage, and weight on the end. Of course this doesn’t work on the cars with cartridge style filters. 😎


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Re: Do you label your oil filters when installing them? [Re: double vanos] #5113058 05/23/19 04:49 AM
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No, now I just change the oil filter once a year for my winter(Nov-Dec) OCI.


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Re: Do you label your oil filters when installing them? [Re: double vanos] #5113070 05/23/19 05:35 AM
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No I don't mark my filters. I keep maintenance records in an Excel doc.


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Re: Do you label your oil filters when installing them? [Re: double vanos] #5113079 05/23/19 06:01 AM
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I put the engine hours on the Fl-1A I use on my marine diesel engine, which is one reason I like the white canister! I also write the oil change information down in the boat log book. On cars and motorcycles I do not because a) in most of the applications I have it would be nearly impossible to read and b) I keep a written record in a little notebook I carry in my own personal car and on my motorcycle and I use Keep on my phone. For cars I put a piece of blue masking tape under the hood, usually near the front so it is noticeable with the mileage and date of the last OCI. There is logic behind all these different notes. First, any written record in my wife's car is highly likely to be lost, so I gave up keeping stuff in a small notebook there. The notebook in my own car includes fuel purchases, dates, and other repair notes too. The tape notes under the hood are there for me or any other mechanic to see and don't get lost. Keep notes on my phone are useful to jog my memory when away from the cars, or when shopping for supplies, or making plans for the next OC.

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Keep all that on my smart phone.


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