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Old 08-17-2002, 05:06 PM
wilton
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The filter had definitely been DRY for a long time though oil had been in it at some time - it was very black but, again, DRY. There, indeed, must have been some blockage of some type, possibly the filter, itself. If the filter gets so blocked that oil can't readily flow thru it, doesn't a bypass valve open to allow oil to bypass the filter? I was worried that a new filter may also remain dry because of some other blockage, but after I filled the engine with oil and ran it a few minutes, I lifted the filter cover/cap and found the container full of oil. It has been OK at every oil change since.
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