It would be impossible to keep debris and pollutants from reaching your engine completely, but a part working hard to eliminate the amount that gets through is your oil filter. It protects your engine from unwanted contaminants by filtering the oil that provides lubrication for the various parts of the engine. Regular oil changes definitely keep your oil clean, but changing the filter at the same time is a must so the fresh oil doesn't immediately get dirty again. This allows your VW to remain in optimal working condition. Changing both at the same is also a good way to remember when to change the filter. You might need to replace your oil filter sooner versus later in some cases, however, which is why you should be checking the condition of it often. If you notice a drop in oil pressure, for example, you should take a look at the filter. Sputtering issues also might start to happen if you have an oil filter that is clogged. Grinding or sounds of metal rubbing against metal are typically signs that engine parts are not receiving enough lubrication from the oil. All of these should lead you to making an oil filter replacement. You can find OEM VW oil filters here at VW Car Part.
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