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Thursday, May 13, 2010

2011 Chevrolet Cruzu Will Feature A Drop Down Cartridge Oil Filters

Wow a novel idea from Chevrolet, the Chevy will introduce and Eco Friendly Cartridge oil filter on its 2011 Chevrolet Cruze. I’m sure this technology will find it ways to our local Cruze once a facelift job is on the card for Naza. So what’s all about this Eco Friendly Cartridge? You may notice from the pictures above that the oil filter is on top of the engine block and not way down below as usual. The result is a peasy easy way of changing the oil filter on your own.

No more mess or fuss of jacking up the car, go down to the engine and get the wrench to open up the oil filter. This new cartridge filters are basically an internal paper element from the traditional filters and one just need to drop the filter into a housing that is integrated into the cylinder block.

It is a very novel idea. Hopefully our boys Proton can came up with such design into their new engine design, thus really saving the people by changing the oil filters by themselves. Head after the jump for the full press release from GM.

source: GM

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Engines Use Eco-friendly Cartridge Oil Filter


The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze will make proper oil filter disposal and recycling easier. The Ecotec 1.4L turbo and 1.8L four-cylinder engines will use a cartridge style oil filter which is easier to recycle and service compared to the conventional steel canister-style oil filters.

Recycling canister style filters requires that the metal housing and other elements, like the rubber seal, be cut away or separated, whereas the compact cartridge style is made of only paper and plastic. Because of this, proper disposal of the oil filter is easier for recycling centers.

Another benefit of the cartridge-style filter is that it can be changed easily and is virtually drip free from the top of the vehicle. This lessens the chance of oil dripping to the ground or driveway and possibly making its way into the water system when performing oil changes.

The housing for the cartridge-style filter is part of the engine and reused for the life of the engine. It never needs replacing. The housing also has a screw-on replaceable cap that eliminates the conventional canister-to-engine mating surface that is a potential source of leaks

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