Was I Sent the Wrong Oil Filter?
Some customers may mistakenly believe they were sent the wrong oil filter. It's possible that some immediately see visual differences when taking the oil filter out of the box and think “this isn’t the correct oil filter.”
Common Visual Differences and Customer Concerns:
- The oil filter end cap looks different than the one removed from the vehicle.
- The oil filter doesn't look like it fits my engine or model.
- The oil filter will not fit into the oil filter housing.
However, the following should be considered and confirmed, before assuming that the wrong filter has been sent. This short blog article will cover the following information.
- The visual differences between the Original Equipment oil filter and MAHLE OX oil filter designs.
- Why MAHLE OX oil filters with fleece end cap designs perform better than the OEM filter you removed or other Aftermarket oil filters you may have used.
- How to correctly install the MAHLE OX oil filters with fleece end cap design on the engine oil filter housing.
What Makes It Improved?
MAHLE OX type oil filters use an improved heavy-duty felt end cap media material that serves three beneficial purposes:
- Once compressed the felt end cap media serves as an improved seal because its tight design (tighter than OEM) optimizes and directs more oil to flow through the main filter media. Most glued oil filter end caps (like OEM and other aftermarket filters) can distort once installed and can allow oil to bypass the filter media.
- The end cap also serves as an additional filtration media seal. This improved design is better than the OEM and Aftermarket since it adds more media surface area to filter and absorb oil contaminants.
- The Improved design also minimizes the use of plastics for more environmentally friendly product disposal.
Some incorrectly think that the oil filter cannot fit into the plastic filter housing. However, this isn’t the case. As mentioned above, it will be a tighter fit. Which provides a better seal and does not allow oil to bypass the filter like other filters. Also, the material is easily pliable and can be slid over the filter housing cage.
So, whether it's on the engine side of the oil filter housing or the cap side of the oil filter housing this material will allow for enough deflection to slide over the plastic filter cage housing.
Some might think it takes too much force to fit the filter in place. It does take a little more effort than the original design. However, it will fit. Apply an even and firm compression of the oil filter and oil filter housing together with your hands, in an even, straight, or parallel direction. Do not worry, it will not break anything, and it will fit correctly. During this process minimize perpendicular or angled pressure.
Also, if you are concerned with how tight the filter fits, you can apply a modest amount of engine oil to the inner area of the end cap during installation. When oiled, the felt material deflects more when being pressed together and down onto the oil filter housing cage screen. See the image showing an improved heavy-duty felt end cap oil filter installed onto the oil filter housing cage and cap. The installed oil filter example is a Mercedes-Benz 3.0L diesel oil filter.
If you are unsure or are not confident in the oil filter installation. We suggest taking the vehicle to an ASE-certified technician who specializes in your exact vehicle make and model. This will minimize mechanical installation errors.
For more information about the MAHLE OX filters with Improved design with fleece end cap seals please see the manufacturer's technical documentation here.
Select MAHLE OX oil filters with improved fleece end cap seal available at Blauparts:
GE74501 - OX380D - Commonly used in select 2007-2022 Mercedes, Jeep, Freightliner, and Dodge models using the Mercedes-Benz built OM642 3.0-liter diesel engine. Fits OE oil filter part numbers 05175571AA, K05175571AA, 71775177, 5175571AA, 6421800009, 6421840025, 6421800010.
GE75019-291 - OX776D - Fits select Ford 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engines in the Ford F-150 requiring oil filter part numbers FL-2081 or JL3Z6731A. Also fits Land Rover 3.0-liter Td6 diesel engines requiring oil filter part number LR013148.
GE76356-291 - OX1138D - Used in select 2017-2022 Jaguar and Land Rover models with 2.0-liter AJ200 diesel and gasoline engines. Replacement oil filter for Jaguar and Land Rover oil filter part numbers JDE37128, LR073669, and LR073669CF.
GE72038 - OX787D - Fits select 2015-2016 Audi and Volkswagen models with 2.0-liter TDI diesel engines requiring oil filter part number 03N115562.
GE72035 - OX388D - Fits 2012-2014 VW Passat with 2.0-liter TDI engine code CKRA. Replacement for Volkswagen oil filter part numbers 03L115466 and 03L115562.
GE72006 - OX143D - Commonly used in select 1998-2008 VW Beetle Golf, Jetta, and Passat models with 1.9-liter and 2.0-liter TDI diesel engines. VW TDI owners will need to confirm that they have an ALH, BEW, or BHW engine code. Fits OE oil filter part numbers 074115562, 038115466, XM21-6744-AA, 1100696. See our online catalog vehicle fitment tab to confirm the exact model fitment.
GE73000 - OX404D - Fits select 2014-2018 BMW models with 2.0-liter L4 and 3.0-liter L6 diesel engines requiring BMW diesel oil filter part number 11428507683. See our online catalog vehicle fitment tab to confirm the exact model fitment.
GE73005 - OX254D3 - Fits 2008-2013 BMW S65 4.0-liter V8 engines used in the E90, E92, and E93 M3 models. Also known as BMW oil filter part number 11427837997.
GE73010 - OX254D2 - Fits 2008-2010 BMW S85 V10 engines used in the E60 M5 and E63 E64 M6 models. BMW oil filter part number 11427840594.
GE75201-291 - OX175D - Used in select Mini Cooper models with the 1.6-liter gasoline engines requiring Mini Cooper oil filter part numbers 11427512446 or 11420026787. See our online catalog vehicle fitment tab to confirm the exact model fitment.
GE75218-291 - OX8151D - Commonly used in select BMW and Mini Cooper 2.0-liter 4 cylinder and 1.5-liter 3 cylinder gasoline engines requiring oil filter part number 11428570590. See our online catalog vehicle fitment tab to confirm the exact model fitment.
GE76357-291 - OX254D5 - Fits select Porsche Panamera, Macan, and Cayenne models with the 3.0-liter and 3.6-liter engines. Fits Porsche oil filter part numbers 94810722200, 948107222001, 0PB-115-466, PB115466, and 96mm oil filter housing o-ring 94610732275. See our online catalog vehicle fitment tab to confirm the exact model fitment.
GE72501-291 - OX254D4 - Fits select 2009-2019 Porsche 911, 1997 Porsche Boxster 2.5L, 2008-2018 Porsche Cayenne, and 2010-2016 Porsche Panamera oil filter applications requiring oil filter part number 94810722200 and 91mm oil filter housing o-ring. See our online catalog vehicle fitment tab to confirm the exact model fitment.
GE72500-291 - OX128/1D - Commonly used in select 1999-2011 Porsche 911, 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder, 1998-2008 Porsche Boxter, 2004-2005 Porsche Carrera GT, 2003-2006 Porsche Cayenne, and 2006-2008 Porsche Cayman engines requiring Porsche oil filter part number 99610722552, 99610722553, and 99610722560. See our online catalog vehicle fitment tab to confirm the exact model fitment.
GE77001-291 - OX149D - Fits select 1999-2011 Volvo C70, S40, S60, S70, S80, V40, V70, XC70, XC90 models with 1.9L, 2.3L, 2.4L, 2.5L, 2.8L, 2.9L, 4.4L engines. Replacement Volvo oil filter for part numbers 1275811 and 1275810. The customer is responsible to confirm the exact model fitment; see the Vehicle Fitment tab or More Information OE Part Number list.
How to confirm you received the correct oil filter?
To confirm you received the correct oil filter, you can confirm the oil filter fitment using our online catalog.
- Confirm the SKU or Blauparts part number, and the manufacturer part number that you received is correct. The SKU is located next to the price and the manufacturer part number is located under the “more information tab”.
- Using our website search, type the Blauparts oil filter part number or the manufacturer part number found on the oil filter you received into the search field.
- Once the oil filter is found on the website, confirm your vehicle make, model, and engine are listed under our “Vehicle Fitment Tab”.
While we are not in-fallible, Blauparts vehicle fitments are one of the most accurate in the industry and have been researched extensively by our expert technical team with over 30 plus years of hands-on specialized automotive service experience. Vehicle fitments have also been confirmed by the oil filter manufacturer themselves.
It's also important to note that tens of thousands of customers worldwide have already successfully used the filter you may be questioning for your vehicle model and engine application.
If the above three steps identify your make, model, and engine for the oil filter fitment, it is likely the correct oil filter has been supplied. If the part numbers or vehicle fitments do not match, please contact us right away so we can get you the correct oil filter.