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SAE/USCAR-36 Motorcraft Oil Filter Testing

Ever wonder what specifications Motorcraft oil filters have to meet, have a look at this Ford video.
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Did I hear that correctly?

95% filtration of particles larger than 30 microns?

Does not sound very tough.

Or maybe, it does not matter as much as some will try to make you believe.
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Yup you heard right, that's as poor as a filter is allowed to perform & still pass the test particle size filtering requirements.
Not necessarily what particle size % a Motorcraft filter does at 30u though.
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Yup you heard right, that's as poor as a filter is allowed to perform & still pass the test particle size filtering requirements.
Not necessarily what particle size % a Motorcraft filter does at 30u though.
Yes, but that spec was what the Big 3 all agreed was acceptable.

So "meets or exceeds OEM requirements" is only 95% filtration of particles larger than 30 microns.

And no requirement at all for filtration below 30 microns.

Sounds like those old replaceable toilet paper cans that you could buy from JC Whitney will work.
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It was the big 3 deciding what the Min specs could be for After market oil filter construction & performance, anything better there is no need to specify limits, as long as the filter flow & pressure limits & pressure cycling survival without damage, meet specs.
I'd never use toilet paper as a oil filter for the reasons mentioned in the video about oil filters with fiber end caps. Our engines don't need to deal with those particles, along with the left over combustion solids, moisture, acids, & other crud getting past the air, fuel & oil filters. Toilet paper doesn't have to meet any auto lube specifications & is designed to come apart when exposed to water!!!! Use what's specified & enjoy the ride.
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While I was at Wally this morning, I wandered down the oil filter aisle.

None of the oil filters were marked with the SAE/USCAR-36 label.

Not SuperTech.

Not K&N.

Not Mobil1.

Not Fram.

And yes, not even Motorcraft.
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So the spec has been out for 5 years and no one is using it yet?

Not even Ford? Even though it specifies that spec in the manual?
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Perhaps re-view the video again, as your questions were answered in the beginning.
USCAR-36 is a Voluntary, Min standard, set by Ford, GM & Chrysler, for Aftermarket oil filter construction & performance use.

High Volume Motorcraft oil filters have met this spec since 2013, since Jan-1-2017 All Motorcraft oil filters have met this Minimum specification for After Market oil filters.

If we can't find the specified Motorcraft oil filter, Ford suggests looking for a aftermarket oil filter brand that says it meets, or exceeds USCAR-36 standards & we'd be good to go to use it & keep our warranty in effect in case of a engine warranty event.
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Perhaps re-view the video again, as your questions were answered in the beginning.
Sorry. Missed that part.

But the video also shows the spec on the Motorcraft filter box.

I looked at 2 or 3 different Motorcraft boxes and no markings on any of them.

Also, no mention of this spec on Fram or Purolator websites.

So, if I look in my manual, then go to the store (without having seen the Youtube video), how am I supposed to know what to buy?
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If in doubt buy what's specified in the vehicle owner manual. We should make sure we have the latest owner manual printing edition. There is a no cost manual download link in the "Tech Info" thread atop this forums index page.

In case you were looking at a low volume Motorcraft filter model, did you check the filters date code to see if it was made After the two dates in the video?
Maybe you were looking at old stock, or maybe they were counterfeit???
If the other brands didn't say on the filter, box, or on their web site that they meet the USCAR-36 spec, maybe they arent up to date, or since this spec is voluntary, maybe they haven't chosen to mfgr, test & say they meet the spec, or maybe they're counterfeit, though that's not likely in Walmart imo.
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In case you were looking at a low volume Motorcraft filter model, did you check the filters date code to see if it was made After the two dates in the video?
Looked at a 1995, 500 and 820. My guess is that those are some of MC's best sellers.

No. I did not open the box.

The manual says "Use SAE/USCAR-36".

If no one, not even MC, puts that on the box, how is one to know what to buy?
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We use the Motorcraft filter model number that the latest owner manual print edition shows for our engine & if the date code on the filter indicates it was produced After Jan 2017, it was made to USCAR-36 specifications.
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