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#1 Rpm90001


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Posted 16 February 2013 - 04:05 PM

I just bought a purolator pl14460 for my 2000 legacy l 2.5 and the filter is a lot bigger than the Subaru filters. The diameter of the blue Subaru filters are much smaller. I double checked with the purolator website and it says it's correct. Has anyone used this filter? Pl14460? I just can't believe the size difference between them. Thanks,


#2 987687


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Posted 16 February 2013 - 04:10 PM

It seems that every filter, napa, autozone, etc. Are much bigger than the tiny oem filters. I dunno why, but I've never had a problem with them.

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 04:20 PM

[font="arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"]May because the OEM filters are made by FRAM, which IMO is garbage, I will not put a FRAM filter on any of my vehicles and thus now OEM either :( [/font]



[font="arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"]Refer to this threadhttp://www.ultimates...recall/?hl=fram[/font]

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 04:32 PM

I think that there is a lot of unnecessary prejudice against FRAM.  In our culture, it is fun to hate, but it doesn't mean that we need to play along...


The size matters mostly in maintenance clearances, and, to some extent on a new car, cost per unit.  Smaller ones are eaiser to work on and around, and might save a few cents.  The originals meet the manufacturers criteria for maintenance intervals.

#5 Rpm90001


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Posted 16 February 2013 - 04:49 PM

Thanks, I will use it and see how it works out. It was just very odd to see the huge difference in size.

Thanks for the info.


#6 mikaleda


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Posted 16 February 2013 - 06:16 PM

Black wix (the top line) is all I use on any car and from what I can tell they are built to the same specs as o.e. for subarus. just my $0.02

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 08:55 PM

If the larger filter fits and meets the same criteria go with it. It helps to add some capacity. And yes fram hate is justified as pointed out by many of the studies on fram construction and performance, not including the recent recall of filters made for sunaru by fram.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 01:17 PM

Before Honeywell became the supplier, that PL14460 was the Subaru OEM filter for North America. 

Edited by hohieu, 17 February 2013 - 01:17 PM.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 12:39 AM

The larger filter is an older design for the EJ engines. The smaller oil filter was developed to be able to clear the headers on certain EJ engines (more specifically, as far as I know, the turbocharged EJs)


Since it's a Purolator (which meets Subaru OEM specifications), and you don't have a turbocharged EJ, you should be good.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 04:52 PM

I use the 14460 in my cars all the time. It's practically all I buy. Occasionally ill pick up a Hastings filter from Federated Auto, or a Subaru OE, but most of the time it's purolator and a 5quart of Valvoline from Advance Auto.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 05:30 PM

That's what I just bought. I was just a bit surprised of the size difference. It's the first non Subaru filter I have used. Having a problem with it leaking. I have to try to snug it a bit more

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