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Old 08-03-2005, 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Rob V
Man, that filter looks pretty bad for being about 10,000 miles away from the BMW recommended oil change.
How can you tell? The filter is simply brown from being saturated with brown oil. Oil naturally turns dark from heat. The only ways to tell if a filter is in bad shape is if it's physically damaged or if the filtering media is found to be clogged. Color is irrelevant, unless you change your oil every thousand miles or so, so that the oil stays honey-colored.
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