Here's some more information. Posted by a DML member in 2002. Another good reason to avoid off-brand filters. Posted: 6-May-2002 1 - Oil Filter This is the x-over part many people use for their DeLorean. Here you can also see the damage done to the filter during removal. I always lube seals, but it didn't help here. I had to crush the filter with tongs, and use my body weight to remove it!
2 - Closeup At this point when I had the filter off, I could tell that something was definitely wrong looking inside when I removed the filter
3 - Filter Inside. From this shot, you can tell that the filtration material inside of the filter is completly destroyed. It also appears that the "bypass valve" has also been torn out of place. If you look closely, you can see it sitting to the left of the threads.
4 - Filter Material A bit out of focus, I know. But, here you can see part of the filter material that was inside. Only a gentle tug with a pair of needle nose pliers was nessisary to remove this chunk.
5 - Rubber Some sort of rubber material that was inside of the filter. It was already cracked when I pulled it out. A little harder to pull out than the filtration material. I don't know what exact purpose it served, but it was next to the valve spring
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