Even if it’s not time to change your oil, it may be time to change your oil filter, or at the very least check it out. Luckily the Walmart oil filters are pretty good quality (check out the video below).
If nothing more, it can be educational to look under the hood of your car every couple months. You’d be surprised what all you’ll learn.
Your oil filter is designed for 1 purpose, remove contaminants from the following types of oil:
- engine oil
- lubricating oil
- transmission oil
- hydraulic oil
So, why might you want to check early? To see if its working of course! (more on that below)
How much would an oil filter cost you?
It all depends on the type of oil filter you want. A typical oil filter will probably run you $5-$10, depending on whether or not you have any coupons or if there is a sale. It also depends a little on the brand.
In the event you want a premium oil filter for extended lifetime, they may run you as much as $20.
Are oil filters included in a Walmart Oil Change?
Yes. Oil filters are part of the Walmart oil change specials.
If you pay for the Express Service Package then as far as your oil goes you can expect them to replace up to 5 quarts of oil and replace your old oil filter with a new one. See below on how you can check your oil filter yourself.
It is always a good idea to speak to your oil change mechanic when they are complete to ask them if your oil filter seemed to be working properly. A lot of times they are a good sign of potential problems in the future.
Want to change and recycle your oil filter yourself?
A lot of car owners like to know exactly how their oil is holding up. Most people recommend changing conventional oil every 3,000-5,000 miles (depending on what you’re manufacturer recommends), but a lot of times it is a good idea to actually see for yourself how that oil is performing. One way of doing this is to take a look at your oil filter.
Your oil filter catches the dirt and debris that your oil picks up as it cycles through your engine. Typically you don’t want to see a lot of debris or shavings (from gears grinding against each other at high speeds) in your oil filter. A lot of shavings could mean 1 of 2 things:
- Your oil filter is working properly and getting rid of debris so your oil doesn’t take it with it on its next cycle through the engine.
- Your oil isn’t doing a good enough job of lubricating internal engine parts and preventing wear and tear at high speeds or hot temperatures.
Either way, if you want to check out your oil filter yourself or even replace it yourself Walmart provides a pretty decent step by step guide of how to do so. You can check it out here.
Curious about the oil filter Walmart installs in your vehicle?
You can check out a review of the Super Tech Oil Filter, the typical oil filter Walmart will install.