- posted 10 years ago
Who was it in the Subaru group that mentioned my low oil pressure might be
caused by my using Fram oil filters?
There may be something to this.
I picked up yet another 1992 Grand Something-or-other (in this case, a
Grand Caravan. The last two were V'gers...). It has 239,000 miles on it. I
got it on eBay for $150 and had to go 135 miles to pick it up. To make a
long story short, we had to cut and crimp one of the rear brake lines to
get the thing to move without emptying the brake cylinder, and the plan
was to drive it within 100 miles from home and call AAA..."It blew a brake
No need. The crimp held and the thing ran so well I drove it the entire
way home! Of course, I told "Jane" to avoid highways, so it was 92 miles
through Providence and back into Mass and on to home.
All the way the oil press. guage was about 1/2 way up the guage,
occasionally dropping a little below on a 68 degree November day in the
middle of Providence. Other than that, it stayed right around the halfway
mark the entire trip.
Today I gave it a 'service', oil change, air filter and tranny juice and
filter. I used a Fram TG oil filter since if you bought a jug (5 qts) of
Valvoline oil you got the filter $2 off. Maybe it's just on the Subaru?
NOPE! After I changed the oil and took it for a test, the oil pressure
guage had dropped a whole mark off halfway! I don't believe it!
I'm going to wait until the next nice day, pull the oil filter and put on
something like a Wix. Never had that problem with either OEM or Wix
filters, and Wix got high ratings from Consumer's Reports.