Oil being filled into a car.
Remote oil filters may be the future. CC by Robert Couse-Baker/Flickr

You can modify your vehicle in ways that will make working on it and regular maintenance easier. For instance, you can install a remote oil filter to make oil changes easier. The idea is pretty simple; you install an adapter kit and send/return hoses that go to the new location of the oil filter and mounting bracket. Properly installed, there are no drawbacks and it makes changing oil easier.

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There are few vehicles you will not be able to find an entire remote filter kit for. A remote oil filter kit is not terribly expensive; usually, they go for less than $100. Even if you have a mechanic do the install, it shouldn’t cost much, and the job is not complicated or time consuming. You simply install the adapter kit, install a mounting bracket where you want the filter to go and run send/return hoses from the filter to the original port.

Little to be lost

There really isn’t a downside. The cost of parts and labor are all there is to lose, but the benefits are mostly for the DIY auto repair sort. If you don’t change your own oil, it just makes things easier on your mechanic. If you do, it makes oil changes easier. The only time you’ll be under that car will be to remove and then replace the drain plug from the oil pan. You should be changing the oil and filter about every 3,000 miles, and this is still true if you are using a remote oil filter.

The bottom line

Putting in a remote oil filter is not terribly complex or expensive. It won’t save you a lot of money, but makes doing your own maintenance a little easier. It will minimize the time you spend on your back during oil changes, and that can be a blessing if your car is low to the ground.

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