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Old October 14th, 2010, 20:27   #1
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Default Oil and fuel filters, which are the best?

What brand of oil and fuel filters do people recommend? Why?
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Old October 14th, 2010, 21:35   #2
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I trust only MANN for my TDI-PD because MANN is the man who made filter housings and is OEM supplier.
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Old October 15th, 2010, 05:42   #3
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For the best OEM - AF/FF/OF - filters use Hengst
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Old October 17th, 2010, 21:26   #4
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I have always used oem/hengst/mann. Since ive been too lazy to stop by the vw dealership or order an oil filter online, I went to my local advanced auto parts and found a bosch filter made in germany and I was surprised at how good it looked. It looks like it has more pleats than the OEM. Ill change the oil tomorrow and compare them side by side.
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Old October 18th, 2010, 06:39   #5
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What brand of oil and fuel filters do people recommend? Why?
Back in the day... I used the Mann filters.

now with my gasser, I use Fram...which looks like the Mann filter, even made in Germany
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Old October 20th, 2010, 05:25   #6
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I haven't done any checking re VW filters, but the Purolator filter made for the 240D seemed virtually the same as what I'd buy from my dealer.

I'd buy from the dealer if any doubt at all.
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Old October 20th, 2010, 20:19   #7
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The best fuel filters are the 1-micron or 2-micron fuel filters.

Nicktane sells filter heads for either one.
http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=262613

Lubrication Specialist (Greg Landuyt) sells a filter head for the Cat 2-micron filter.
http://lubricationspecialist.com/fro...0&productid=26

I have the Lubrication Specialist system; it paid for itself long ago. I typically replace the Cat filters about every 60k miles but they can probably go 100k miles. If I did not already have an aftermarket fuel filter system, I think I'd go with the Nicktane system, but using the 2-micron filters because replacements are easy to find and cheap. The Nicktane system seems unlikely to have any problems with the thermostatic-T, which you can have with either an OE filter or the Lubrication Specialist system.

Also, there are no moving parts, so whichever you buy, you can use in your current TDI, and the next one, and the one after that, and then pass it along to your children and grandchildren.
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Old October 21st, 2010, 02:51   #8
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Define best! In my experience there are big differences between filters, but very little difference in the final results. Filter A may look flimsy, but that does not mean it is likely to fail or will filter poorly. Filter B may look great, but not not provide any meaningful difference in end results than A.

In real life very few stock cars don't have filter problems. My car with cheap filters is likely to last just as long as someone else's car with an expensive filter.

If you have modified your engine, then you may want to consider possible differences.
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I just replaced the stock fuel filter with the Stanadyne 5 micron filter system. An easy mod and maybe will help preserve the expensive injectors over time. Mow I found out they also have 2 micron filters but I stocked up on the 5 micron version.

Oil filter -- Mann is the man
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Any clues what micron filter rating has the OEM fuel filter?
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Any clues what micron filter rating has the OEM fuel filter?
I think I've read about 10-15 microns for replacement filters for older-generation TDIs, and about 8-10 microns for the newer-generation TDI filters.
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Any clues what micron filter rating has the OEM fuel filter?
This is a bit of a dated reply but the Mann PU936/2 has a rated filtration efficiency of >95% of particles in the range of 3-5m with a flow rate of 125 liters per hour.

Mann provides a high quality product when you specify the OEM numbers.
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Old November 4th, 2010, 06:33   #13
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Had a bad Meyle fuel filter the other day. Didnt realize it until it was in the car and prefilled with fuel. The port that accepts the thermo T was all jagged and the channels were to long and narrow for the T to seat properly. Now I will be spending the extra couple bucks to get Mann or Hengst filters
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Old January 8th, 2011, 12:07   #14
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I got the Meyle filter from one of the main vendors on these forums, and the T fitting doesn't sit right, so it's leaking fuel. dammit.
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Old January 10th, 2011, 13:29   #15
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Fram sucks. I've seen fram oil filter failure 2 times.
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