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Old 01-17-2004, 04:55 PM   #1
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Default New Ecotec oil filter?

I went to my regular auto parts store for more Ecotec oil filters. I had previously received AC/Delco PF2244G made in France. Today that filter # has been replaced with PF456G, made in Germany by Hengst. The GM part # on these new filters is 12579143, and the Hengst part # is E630H Energetic.They are similarly sized and constructed, but not identical to the old filters. I wonder what the Saturn dealer parts dep't are selling these days. BTW, I pay $3 less per filter than at the dealer.

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Old 01-17-2004, 11:11 PM   #2
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The Ecotec oil filter has a new design (probably since the start of 2004 production). The old filters had a zigzag pattern on the pleats, while the new filters have straight pleats. The oil filter cap has also been redesigned - the new design has a rounded outer edge on it, while the old design has a bunch of flats around the edge.

The new filters can be used with both the new and old oil filter caps. However, if you have the new cap, you must use the new filter, or GM says that engine damage could result. (They say the new cap is designed for higher relief pressure on the bypass valve - likely the old filter isn't designed to withstand it.)

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Old 01-18-2004, 01:03 AM   #3
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That'll explain the new filter. Do you know if the new cap is interchangeable with the old to take advantage of the higher pressure, or is the new cap not backwards compatible?

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Yes, you can use the new cap on an older engine, but as mentioned, you then have to use the new filter. The new cap is Saturn part# 12580254 or ACDelco part# PF2259G.

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