Originally Posted by tucsonzj
I've never seen a a fram filter fall apart. you'll always find people complain about something, most of it's BS. Or they don't know how to work on cars haha.
Cut some of them apart, cut very close to the end cap/flange so you dont cut the filter and you will see why Fram is crap. The ends of the filter media are flimsy cardboard. I have seen quite a few of them that have failed and starting coming apart, two that I know of that ruined engines. In fact the not only a problem with cardboard coming apart, the check valves have been known to come apart and block oil passages too.
Just google "fram oil filter failure". Fram filters have been the only brand I have heard of where OEM's have been known deny warranty claims from lube problems. I know there are multiple levels of fram filters, that in itself raises a flag with me, maybe the higher end ones are better?
I have cut apart many different brand filters and most of them are built decent except a few, the ones that I remember were crap are STP, microguard, firestone, fram and a few other cheaper brands. Brands like purolator, mopar, motorcraft, a/c delco, mobil, wix, fleetguard, bosch were all good from what I saw.