Weekly auto rail, with oil filter tips, Car Q&A with Junior Damato and more.

Tip of the Week

The oil filter serves as the lifeblood for your engine. It is important because it cleans the oil and is capable of filtering high volumes of oil with relatively low restriction. How do you know which filter to choose and what are the differences between styles? Royal Purple has provided the following information to help you decide.

- The shell is the outside casing you see when the filter is installed. It keeps your filter safe during the wear and tear on your vehicle, and protects it from punctures.

- The media is the filtering component. Depending on the level of filter you chose, media can be described as a maze of cellulose, synthetics and/or microfibers that remove the harmful debris from your engine oil.

- The core is the part of the filter that helps the filter keep its shape and prevents it from collapsing under extreme pressure. It is inserted inside of the filter media and can be made of a variety of materials.

- The base plate is the threaded component of the oil filter. In addition to providing the threaded attachment for the filter, it directs the oil flow through the filter.

- The gasket is the rubber ring that seals the filter to the engine's oil filter base. This gasket is typically made of flexible rubber.


The List

According to Forbes, here are the cheapest cars to maintain:

Nissan Versa

Kia Soul

Hyundai Sonata

Chevrolet Impala

Volvo C30

Audi A5

Lexus LS

Mazda MX-5 Miata

Lexus IS F

Honda Insight

Nissan Juke

Hyundai Santa Fe

Lexus RX

Jeep Wrangler

Ford Expedition

Audi Q7

Ford Escape Hybrid

Mazda Mazda5

Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab

Chevrolet Silverado Regular Cab

Did You Know

Honda recent recalled 46,000 Odyssey minivans (2008 and 2009 models) because of a problem with the power tailgate.

Car Q&A

Q: What are you thoughts on the new Hyundai Genesis V-6? I know in the past the Hyundai brand has had some issues.

A: There is no question the Hyundai vehicles did have some problems years ago. With that said, the company worked hard on the quality problems and made improvements needed. In addition they also upped the warranty to a leading best. I spent a week in the Genesis V-6, and it was a great car in every way. The one item that owners would have to understand is that is a rear drive car and in snow conditions snow tires are recommended.

- Junior Damato, Talking Cars columnist

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