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post #1 of 49 Old 04-22-2017, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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2016 (and newer) Trax oil filter warning!

Please be advised that there are two possible oil filter applications for 2016 Trax models. All the application guides say use pf2257g. However when I did my first oil change on my 2016 Trax Midnight Edition LTZ I observed the oil filter from the factory had a "spring type" device connected to it. I spoke to the dealer and learned my Trax requires a pf2263g oil filter. If I had used the pf2257g it would fit, but NOT filter the oil! Make certain if you do your first oil change and notice a "spring type" device attached to your oil filter you replace it with pf2263g. I with try to attach a photo of the pf2263g.
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I found a technical service bulletin about this from an aftermarket oil filter manufacturer...
The markings on the oil filter cap will determine the oil filter required. The HENGST-marked cap will accept the ACDelco PF2257G. The UFI-marked cap uses ACDelco PF2263G.
It goes on to say that using the wrong filter will cause severe engine damage.
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Thanks for the heads up guys! Admittedly, I'm the kind of person to follow manuals blindly assuming that they're always right. Making this mistake could be costly.
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I changed the oil on my 15 Trax a few times before I traded it, I never saw a spring on the filter.

I also changed my oil a few times on my 16 buick I saw no spring on those either.

What I can tell you is these oil filters don't do much filtering.

I changed just the filter on one occasion I was 1K miles away from my next oil change.
At the time I wanted to see if this filter would clean up the oil like it does when you spin on a new filter on any other engine.
Well it doesn't clean up the oil like a spin on.

The oil does not clean up, this tells me this oil filter doesn't do very much.
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The oil filter does not filter all the oil all of the time, there's an oil filter bypass valve in the oil filter mount on the engine block. It starts to open above a certain oil pressure or if the filter clogs. I've seen cars come in on a tow truck with missing oil filters or bloated oil filters when the oil bypass valve gets stuck closed. It over-pressurizes the filter and blows it off or up when that valve gets stuck.
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Darn... I've never seen an oil filter blow up but I can only imagine the mess that'll cause
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Great tip & pic....Based on what I'm seeing this looks like the same application that was on my 91 Grand Am with the old iron duke 2.5 engine....The filter is in the oil pan....never quite understood how effective that was...Is the Trax filter in a canister? or does it slip into the engine somewhere???
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My 2016 Trax and 2016 Buick call for the PF2257G and I never saw a spring on the old one I pulled out. But I use FRAM CH10246



If you'll notice at the bottom of the box it says '' For Conventional...'' This is the extra guard filter. I contacted Fram and I was told that Synthetic oil filters should be available in 2018. They are done with engineering and are setting up an assembly line. It should wear the number XG10246

It will use a Hepa material similar to the XG9018 from the 2.2 Ecotec instead of a paper media as seen here.



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Want to see how much this filter really does?, change the filter before the next oil change, then run the engine a day a week or an hour.
The oil will still look as dirty as it was before you replaced this poor excuse of a filter.

If you did that on any engine with a regular oil system, the oil cleans up in less than one minute of running the engine.

Avis used to change filters on there turn back cars that were going back to Chrysler corp, instead of changing the oil they only changed the filter.
The blackest oil would look crystal clear looking like it was freshly changed, it scammed Chry corp back in the 70's I imagine they are still doing it.
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$10 and peace of mind, I change the oil filter every 5000Kms ( 3000 miles ) whether it's dirty or not. Just did this morning, it takes 5 minutes. Oil monitor said 54% with slightly more than 5000 Kms since last oil change. I will change it again when I change the oil around 10-11K.


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