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I use Baldwin filters now, made by Parker, the fluid people. I believe their quality control it top notch.

I am going to get rid of all my non Baldwins that are on the shelf when I get home.
I know @AlisoBob posted a lot of really good information about Baldwin filters, he's got me about to convert if I can find them readily in my area.
 
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That has nothing to do with that WIX, splitting right down the seam.
True but my Wix on my 3.6 Equinox and my 5.3 were seeping oil in subzero weather. I had to crank them down more than one turn.
 

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Thought I would change my oil and transmission fluid today, went and bought a Wix oil filter yesterday in preparation. Drained and refilled the transmission, drained and refilled the engine oil and swapped out my filter. Then, I started the car and got ready to shift the transmission slowly between all gears in order to let the fluid cycle.

I noticed a little squeaking noise from the engine but really didn't think much of it, and then I got a warning message on my DIC stating that I had lost oil pressure and to shut off the engine. Glad I did, because I got out and had lost all my engine oil. EVERYWHERE. I mean it was a mess. At first I wondered if the old oil filter gasket may have been stuck to the engine, but I examined the old one and that wasn't the case. Did I not tighten the filter enough?

Took the new filter that I had just installed off the engine, and saw a catastrophic failure as shown in the picture. Not only was it a complete mess, but all that new Mobil 1 5-W30 wasted too. I'm pretty bummed.


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I have never had a Wix filter fail and it really looks like it was over tightened. It really is a pain to change the filter on my 2017 and it is very easy to screw it up. Been an automotive tech for 35 years and that is my opinion.
 

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Funny, I was so dumbfounded when it happened, I figured the opposite. I never tighten oil filters down too much, just a little bit past hand tight, about a 1/4 turn. So, since I also had never heard of a WIX failure either, and as oil was gushing all over my garage floor, I panicked. After checking that the gasket was on my old filter to eliminate the old double gasket mishap, the first thing I did was tighten it a lot more. I mean, by hand, but still I really snugged it on there.


It was at that point that I thought better of putting 6 more quarts in there and trying again. So I unscrewed it to inspect the filter right away. So I would say that any appearance of being overtightened happened AFTER the failure, and therefore the 2 are completely unrelated. I am convinced that this was just a flat out filter failure.
 
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