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Old 08-03-2005, 02:04 PM
Rob V Rob V is offline
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Originally Posted by IMR
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.
Well, echelon (the OP) seemed to be pretty surprised himself and he's the one that took the picture. I'll admit that I don't know a whole lot about it. I've only changed the oil in a car once or twice but it still looked pretty bad...*based on the the picture*. This still brings me to the point though....should we proactively be changing out the oil sooner than 15,000 miles to avoid a possible BMW scheme?

Last edited by Rob V; 08-03-2005 at 02:08 PM.
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