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Old 12-30-2010, 05:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Oil Filter - PF61 vs. PF61E

I just returned from getting a new oil filter for an upcoming change.

See, unlike most here, my '04 I5 is now sitting at just a bit less than
13K miles. So, although it's had 6 changes thus far, they are certainly
not a high frequency event. Pretty much an annual exercise now.

So, I ride into the dealer, ask for a filter for the vehicle, and the parts
guy says it requires a PF61. This rings a bell, so I agree. I recall that
the thing only costs <$6 at my regular dealer. But, as I pay another
person for the filter, it's now ~$10. I also notice that it's now a PF61E,
rather than the previous PF61.

Obviously, $3 or $4 a year will not slam me into poverty in the near
future. However, I thought I'd ask if this PF61(E)xpensive is truly an
improved replacement, or simply a new part number, box, and of
course, price. Seems like I'd seen this slight of hand pricing tactic
before on my Tahoe filters. A new suffixed filter was announced with
a new box, and a doubled price.

There is quite a bit of net activity on this subject, and since I found
no related comments for PF61E on this site, I selected the following
site's explanation as reference.
http://www.acdelcotechconnect.com/pdf/imtn_V16I609.pdf

So anyone have any additional insight or comments?

Thanks.
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Old 12-31-2010, 11:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I noted the change in design at my last oil change... but no increase in price. I normally pick up 2 for $7.50 when they are on sale at a local farm supply store called Rural King. They are normally on the shelf at $3.99.
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Old 01-01-2011, 02:58 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks "Cust". I did run by my local Walmart, and saw
an AC PF61E for ~$4.15. It looked just like the one that
I just purchased from the dealer.

However, I've been reading several articles on the net
concerning the PF61/PF61E. The preliminary opinion is
that the PF61E is inferior. I'm still researching the issue.

Thanks
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The ac factor filter isn't bad. It's a step above what you would get from a quick lube shop. However the filters are not made in the usa, manufactured in mexico and the have a nylon (plastic core) with plastic end caps which is junk. Ya I read the ac delco page about the new ecore designed filters, better flow etc, I won't be buying those anytime soon, wix by far is the best filter by the way it's made and the materials. wix uses a silicone anti drain back valve a steel spring and metal end caps and no plastic and they also use syn fiberglass media not cheap paper.
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The ac factor filter isn't bad. It's a step above what you would get from a quick lube shop. However the filters are not made in the usa, manufactured in mexico and the have a nylon (plastic core) with plastic end caps which is junk. Ya I read the ac delco page about the new ecore designed filters, better flow etc, I won't be buying those anytime soon, wix by far is the best filter by the way it's made and the materials. wix uses a silicone anti drain back valve a steel spring and metal end caps and no plastic and they also use syn fiberglass media not cheap paper.

Your comments are all the words/phrses that I've seen in my recent
research readings. I guess at <1500 miles since my last change, I'm
not too hard on them. But, I'd like to achieve the best quality product
that I can find.

Thank you for the contribution.
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The PF61E has an anti-drain back valve unlike the PF61. It is an improvement. Without the anti-drain back valve, your trucks lifters make that clicking sound on a cold startup that lasts about 2-3 seconds.
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