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At SEMA this year there were a lot of vendors with some interesting products. Some were junk, many were copies of other ideas already out and some had merit but left you wondering if they really worked as advertised.

One of these products is called "FilterMAG" from a company right in my own backyard, Arizona. The product consists of a set of very strong curved magnetic plates that wrap around the filter to help it trap smaller particles.

Since I don't know anyone who has this product, I can't personally endorse it. Their website makes a good case with testimonials and illustrations. But in the end it may be difficult to tell how effective it really is?

It's one of those products that makes sense from a theoretical point of view but might be hard to validate from an everyday user perspective. It definitely wouldn't hurt anything (except your wallet) to try one but since you won't feel/hear/see any improvement, you may not feel its justified?

Anyway, here is their site if you want to check it out:
http://www.filtermag.com/
 

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Yeah, I know, everyone wants to be special or at least have eveyone think their products are. :laugh:
 

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I was searching for information on magnetic oil drain plugs and how it can help remove steel particles from the motor oil. I also came across this product called filtermag. It seems to have a much stronger magnetic force than the magnetic drain plugs and it seems that more of the oil will pass though the filter than near the drain plug. Plus you can install it anytime because it fits on top of the oil filter.

I purchased the SS300 filtermag from a private distributor and installed it today. I'm looking forward to my next oil change to see how much ferrous particles gets trapped by this device. The manufacturer claims that filtermag "removes steel particles as small as 2 microns from engine oil."

Is anyone else using this product?
 

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I was searching for information on magnetic oil drain plugs and how it can help remove steel particles from the motor oil. I also came across this product called filtermag. It seems to have a much stronger magnetic force than the magnetic drain plugs and it seems that more of the oil will pass though the filter than near the drain plug. Plus you can install it anytime because it fits on top of the oil filter.

I purchased the SS300 filtermag from a private distributor and installed it today. I'm looking forward to my next oil change to see how much ferrous particles gets trapped by this device. The manufacturer claims that filtermag "removes steel particles as small as 2 microns from engine oil."

Is anyone else using this product?
Filter mag works but you won't see the metal particles since its gonna be trapped in the filter. Plus with advancements in modern engines, the tolerances are much closer and there won't be alot of metal shavings.
 

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Filter mag works but you won't see the metal particles since its gonna be trapped in the filter.
I was going to take my dremel and cut that baby open with the magnet still on so the particles don't move.

My question is what other kinds of particles are in the oil that the filter needs to remove? Would installing a filtermag + a regular OEM oil filter be just as good as a high priced oil filter? This wouldn't make sense if the oil gets dirty from non-ferrous materials.
 

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I was going to take my dremel and cut that baby open with the magnet still on so the particles don't move.

My question is what other kinds of particles are in the oil that the filter needs to remove? Would installing a filtermag + a regular OEM oil filter be just as good as a high priced oil filter? This wouldn't make sense if the oil gets dirty from non-ferrous materials.
You will find copper, beryllium, all kinds of metals. On my 2K1 Maxima I did an oil analysis from Blackstone labs. They will do several things:
1) Tell you the concentration of the metals in the oil. This tells you if you have bearings going bad, or seals etc.
2) Any water in the oil, or fuel in the oil. Indications of bad rings, or gaskets.
3) Life of the oil left. Extra cost, but worth it. I was using full synthetic on the max, and changing around every 3-5K. I sent the sample in with 5K on it. Came back saying I could go another 1K before it would break down my protection.

4) I did one on my wifes 2007 Odyssey @ 10K. Told me there were still silicates in the oil from the casting of the block, and will work itself out.

5) Verification of the oil life indicator (Honda). I changed the oil @ 5K, and 20% left as indicated by the car. Said I could go another 1K or so on the oil.

As for the magnets?? I personally use the super strong ones from an old hard drive. They are in the arm. Just stick one to the side of your oil filter. Much cheaper, and remember will only pick up ferrous particles. The copper and aluminum will NOT adhere, as they are not ferrous.

Use a good quality oil filter with an anti drain back valve. I had an article once that tore apart a bunch of filters to see which was the best. Will look for it.
 
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