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  • What are oil filter cutaways?

    Posted on November 5th, 2015 admin No comments

    Oil filters are used in all sorts of products including motor vehicles, hydraulic machinery and jet aircrafts, and they’re designed to remove debris from engine oil, transmission oil and more. Because machines produce a lot of internal debris, an oil filter cleans the oil and removes as much waste as possible so machines can run smoothly.

    There are a lot of internal elements to an oil filter and the best way to see its different features is with an oil filter cutaway since it will show a filter’s exterior shell but also reveal how the guts are stacked inside.

    Some of the most important components an oil filter cutaway are:


    The filters consist of tiny fibers made from cellulose or synthetic materials to increase the efficiency of oil cleaning while keep an oil filter stiff and durable.


    The antidrainback valve blocks oil from draining back into the filter when a machine’s engine is off. This prevents oil pressure buildup once the engine is turned back on again.

    The relief valve allows unfiltered oil to pass through if the pressure builds up because the oil is too thick. This prevents damage to the engine from oil starvation.

    Tapping Plate

    The tapping plate is the entry and exit point for oil to flow in and out of an oil filter and into a container that is attached to the engine. There are small holes around the plate’s edge to allow free flow of oil into the container.

    Center Tube

    The center tube ensures unrestricted oil flow through various holes sizes and numbers, and it lets filtered oil go back to the engine.

    Oil filters have several components and they can vary a bit depending on what kind of machinery they’re used in, but the four elements listed above are generally the most important ones to see in an oil filter cutaway.

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