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From digest.v6.n759 Wed Jun 11 15:40:58 1997
From: "Steve D'Gerolamo" <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 1997 10:34:30 -0400
Subject: Re: Mahle oil filter

I would leave the band on the filter, assuming you're using the Mahle OX68D kits. BMW changed it's filters about 18 months ago to a more environmentally friendly element....this is all you can buy through BMW. They're even retrofitting their M20 factory exchange engines to use these elements as opposed to the old OC49 spin-on filter. You'll note that there is no longer any rubber or metal content in the element and the "paper-only" will decompose much quicker in the landfills. I don't like these elements as much because of their lack of rigidity (the M60 filter has a phallic-shaped insert that goes through the center of the element to keep it from collapsing...I don't believe the M50 filter uses such an insert). I offer both style filters to my customers but the Mahle brand filter is about $4.00 cheaper than the factory element and is clearly the more popular choice. SD
At 09:26 AM 6/11/97 -0400, you wrote:

>I enjoy reading your posts to the BMW-Digest. I just read your post about
>Mahle oil filters. I have a '95 M3. I have changed the oil twice at about
>5,000 mile intervals (16,800 miles - needs another oil change soon). I
>have used the Mahle oil filters each time. They came with the paper
>band around the filter. I didn't know what to do with it. I have always
>removed the paper band. Is this wrong? The original filter didn't have
>it so I took it off of the 2 filters that I have installed. I thought the

>band would restrict the oil flow?
>Thanks for your reply and explanation. Maybe you might want to post
>your reply to the Digest. I hope this is not a stupid question. I'll bet

>other people have the same question. I've been changing oil in cars for
>30 years and thought I knew how to do it by now. Oh well.
>Lowell Seaton
>'95 M3 - Dinan chip and air box, K&N filter
Steve D'Gerolamo c/o The Ultimate Garage, Emerson, NJ Tel 201-262-0412 Email.... Web Site....

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