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Oil Filters – the most commonly replaced mechanical item on your car. Its job is to filter the oil in your car. There are lots of brands, colors, and prices for filters. You easily have about a dozen good filters to choose from for your 3.5 liter TLX. Rumors, myths, and your buddies will tell you what filter they believe to be good, or what will ruin your car immediately if you should decide to use it! Others will tell you to only use an Acura OEM filter as any other filter will void your warranty, not true; See Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. Who makes the Acura OEM filter? Is it the best filter for your car? What about synthetics, which filter is best for that? I will try and help you answer these questions.

I am a master tech and have been on retainer for both Jiffy Lube and Valvoline Quick Oil change stores for the last ten years. Currently still on retainer with Valvoline. I have been involved with many oil and oil filter disputes/litigation and have cut apart many a filter and sent close to 50 or 60 filters and oil samples to the laboratory for analysis. The research below comes from numerous manufactures, Boris the Oil Guy, and personal research.

Clearly, there are no BAD oil filters on the market today that will ruin your engine! But, people that have been around cars for a long time all have a buddy that will tell you don’t ever use a FRAM, Purolator, WIX, or add your favorite filter name here as it ruined an engine. With almost 100% certainty, the oil filter did not ruin his engine.

Listed below are the numerous and most common oil filters available for the V6, 3.5L 3471cc engine. These filters also fit the Pilot, Odyssey, and the Accord V6. Always double check with the parts catalog or online to make sure these are the correct part numbers and that nothing has been superseded or changed. If you find a correction, please email me and I’ll update this listing.

I did not list the burst pressure, micron rating, GPH rating, and so forth. For the stock Acura 3.5L engine, it really doesn’t matter. For the daily driver, any of the below filters will work adequately on your vehicle. The order of the filters listed below have no special significance.

K&N – HP1010 Probably the best filter out there for the Acura. It has a large 17 mm nut welded on the bottom of the filter for ease of correct torque installation and ease of removal. Compatible with all synthetics. Approximately $15. ***** (5 Stars)

Mobil 1 – M1-110 Extended Performance Filter – This filter utilizes synthetic fibers and supposedly works best when used with Mobil 1 synthetic motor oil. Approximately $14 at most Advance Auto Parts Stores, WalMart and other stores. This filter appears to be exactly the same as the K&N above but without the 17mm nut. Normally the K&N is $1 or $2 more than the Mobil 1. Notice the part number similarity? Claims to filter 99.6% of contaminants. ***** (5 Stars)

Below are the two Acura OEM filtersfor our TLX. One ends in A-02 and the other ends in A-01. Here is the difference:
The A-02 is a Honeywell/FRAM filter identical to the ToughGuard $5 filter.
The A-01 is the Filtech with the thermo bonded media ends and no end caps about a $6 filter.

Acura 15400-PLM-A02 – The original Honda/Acura oil filter. Your best bet is eBay. 10 filters with crush washers are buy it now for $45. When you add in the $12 shipping, you are paying $5.70 for a filter & crush washer (with S&H) each. Smaller and larger quantities are available on eBay. Manufactured by Honeywell. These are OEM Honda/Acura filters. *** (3 stars)

Acura 15400-PLM-A01 – The newer Honda/Acura oil filter. A bit better filter than the A02. **** (4 stars)

Royal Purple CHF-10-2867 – Some people are big believers and swear by ‘Royal Purple’ and therefore want the Royal Purple oil filter too. These filters run about $15 each. Pep Boys carries these filters. It appears they are manufactured by Champ labs (same company which makes K&N and Mobil 1 filters). They are an excellent filter. ***** (5 Stars)

AMSOIL Oil Filter – EA15K13-EA – Features synthetic nanofiber technology, guaranteed for up to 15,000 miles or 25,000 when used with AMSOIL synthetic motor oil. These filters run about $16 each. ***** (5 Stars)

WIX 57356 – A good brand that many local auto parts stores have in stock. Price can range from $7 to $10. **** (4 Stars)

FRAM – There are numerous FRAM filters listed for the Acura TLX vehicle:
Xtendedguard – XG7317 (3 Stars) – Claims a 97% dirt catching ability. Designed for long life.
Toughguard – TG7317 (3 Stars) – Claims a 99% dirt catching ability. A reasonable mid line filter. Same as the OEM Honda/Acura filter.
HighMileage – HM7317 (1 Star) – Claims a 95% dirt catching ability. Includes in the filter a gel additive for your oil. You really don’t want this additive in your Acura.
Doubleguard – DG7317 (2 Stars) – Claims a 95% dirt catching ability.
Extraguard – PH7317 (2 Stars) – Claims only 95% dirt catching ability. The cheap orange filter we all know.

Most of these FRAM filters can be purchased at Walmart or some other local auto parts store. Cost will run you between $5 and $10 depending on which filter you choose. The FRAM HighMileage has a gel additive which is PTFE or rather Slick 50 (Teflon) which is a solid. I would stay away from the HighMileage filter. The PTFE tends to bond with areas of low flow instead of areas of high friction. FRAM has recently discontinued the use of PTFE in their DoubleGuard filters and probably will for the HighMileage soon too.

Purolator – L14610 – This is a name brand filter that has been around for a long time. These can be found at various auto parts stores with a cost of around $8. There are two qualities of this filter, one is called the Purolator Classic and the other is the Purolator Pure One. **** (4 Stars for the Purolator Pure One) *** (3 Stars for the Purolator Classic).

Beck Arnley – 041-0812 – Beck Arnley uses a lot of the same manufactures that the OEM’s use and it tends to change all the time. It's sometimes difficult to know who they are using to make their filters from one day to the next. Quality is always reasonable. Price will be around $8. *** (3 Stars)

Bosch – 3323 - Another main brand of oil filter. This filter will cost you about $9. Robert Bosch has been around a long time. Their top of the line filter is called the Bosch Distance Plus. ***** (4 Stars).

NAPA – FIL 7356 Gold Oil Filter. WIX makes the NAPA filters. NAPA lists various filters that end in 356. The standard filter is a paper element and the NAPA Gold is a cellulose. These filters will sell for between $6 and $10, but occasionally NAPA will run a sale and bring the price down a dollar or two.
NAPA Gold *** (3 Stars)
NAPA Silver *** (3 Stars)
NAPA Platinum **** (4 Stars)

Car Quest – 84356 Another WIX product, I’m told that on the box of every Car Quest filter it will say WIX Filtration. They have two lines of filters being Blue and Red. The Blue is their premium line. Their premium line will run about $8. **** (4 stars)

Motorcraft FL822 – Another name brand oil filter. These can sometimes be found at Walmart and other mass merchandisers. Alternative part number is F32Z6731A. Certainly a good filter. Somehow just doesn’t look right to have a Motorcraft oil filter on an Acura. Either way, a good solid filter. **** (4 stars)

AC Delco PF2057 – The filter choice of Mr. Goodwrench. They claim a 98 percent single pass filtering with a cellulose media. Again, like the Motorcraft filter, it just seems odd having an AC filter on an Acura. *** (4 Stars)

MANN ML1008 – Another filter manufacturer that makes a respectable filter. Not as popular as some of the others, but still a good filter. **** (3 stars).

So, there you have it, the oil filter run down. But now let’s go back and answer some of the tough questions. These answers are just my opinion.

What filter should I be using? If you are going to be using the factory Semi Synthetic blend (OEM factory) oil and follow your MM (Maintenance Minder) in your Acura then any of the above filters 3 stars or better should be your choice. Keep in mind that the OEM Factory Semi Synthetic blend oil is about 30% synthetic and 70% regular Dino oil.

What if I want to run Mobil 1, or some other synthetic? Keep in mind, that your MM (Maintenance Minder) has no idea what quality oil you are running. It does not sample your oil to decide how much life is remaining. It uses mileage, RPM, WOT, idle time, temperature and other factors to determine how much oil life you have left. I would use any of the above filters 4 stars or better.

What if I want the VERY BEST filter for my TLX? I would use any of the 5 star filters above. The K&N with its 17mm welded on nut seems like it would help installation with correct torque, and uninstallation. The K&N brand is the street racers favorite right now.

Won’t a $5 FRAM (Orange Filter) work? Sure it will work!

Any special tips about the oil filter? Don’t over tighten. Check for leaks before you drive away. Clean the mounting boss with a clean rag before installing a new filter. Always stick with the oil filter manufacturers part number. Some people try and find the biggest filter that has the same gasket diameter and mounting threads on the logic that it will have more filtering capability. This trick can void your warranty because the check valve pressures or other specs will likely be different.

How tight should I make my oil filter? There is a torque specification for this, but when I was attending various training by the OEM manufacturers, they recommended that you install spin on oil filters as tight as you can with your bare hand. Unless you are Gorilla Jim, it’s virtually impossible to over tighten an oil filter using just your bare hand.

Do I need to prime my oil filter to prevent dry starts? Not really. Most vehicles have their oil changes when the oil is hot or the vehicle was just driven into the shop, therefore the engine parts are covered with a fresh layer of engine oil. The one to two seconds it takes for oil pressure to move through the filter is insignificant. I’m not aware of any engine ever being damaged by not priming the oil filter.

How do I know if Jiffy Lube or some other quick oil change shop really changes the filter as opposed to just wiping it clean? This is a big problem and many shops have been caught doing this. My suggestion is to take a good marker and sign your initials on the filter. You can then easily tell if the shop changed the filter or not.

Can I change my own oil and filter and still be covered by the Acura or other extended warranty? Absolutely Yes. Just make sure to keep some sort of record when you changed the oil in case there is an oil or filter issue.

How long should I leave the oil drain plug out to drain the oil? Normally when there is one drip every 10 to 15 seconds. Too often shops in a hurry put the drain plug back before all the old oil has drained out.

Where are the best deals to be had for filters? Check Amazon, eBay, Walmart, and your local parts stores. Sometimes buying in quantity can get you a better price or at least reduce the shipping and handling cost.

I was not able to include every filter manufacturer. If you want to use some other brand, just do a little research and you can find all the information you want on any filter. If you have any further questions let me know. Likewise, the ratings on the various filters are my opinion only from the research I have done.

Should I use a magnetic oil drain plug?
Everyone should be using a good magnetic oil drain plug. Even by their own advertising, no oil filter catches 100% of the particles in the engine. The smallest particles are metal particles and they can hurt your engine. Remember the oil gets picked up from the oil pan, goes through the oil pump and then the oil filter. This means that metal particles can get into the oil pump and a few other places. Using a magnetic drain plug will remove the last bits of metal particles in the engine. Even with the Acura 3.5 Aluminum engine, the moving parts are mostly ferrous metal such as piston rings, cylinder walls, crank, cam, etc. I have used magnetic drain plugs and it is amazing what the oil filter does not pick out. There are cheap magnetic drain plugs on eBay, but I prefer the Gold Plug that costs about $18. Just wipe it clean after every oil change.

 

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Thanks for the awesome reviews and info!

My current plan is to do my own oil changes and use Royal Purple products starting from my first oil change.
I have the I4 engine and it uses the same filter from Royal Purple as the V6, the 10-2867 which is currently $11.24 on Amazon.
Also, their fully synthetic API stamped 0w-20 oil is usually $37.80 for a 5qt bottle on Amazon.

Do you know what model of the Gold Plug the Acura takes?
I see they have a few different models listed on Amazon
I have been looking for a good one but haven't fully settled on one.
 

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Great information.

For all my vehicles i have been using K&N, they're known to be the best and easy filters to come across. Easy enough that some local parts stores should have them in local stock.
 

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To the best of my knowledge, the correct Gold Plug Magnetic Oil Drain Plug is AP-08, which has 14mm threads and a 19mm head. The price is $18.99 and if you want a package of 5 extra washers is will cost $3.99. Yes, this is higher than you will pay for a magnetic oil plug at Advance Auto Parts, but this is a one time expense. The cheaper drain plugs are not always made to spec and often the magnet will weaken with time and even come out. I put Gold Plugs on all my cars including the differentials, transfer case and transmission.
 

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To the best of my knowledge, the correct Gold Plug Magnetic Oil Drain Plug is AP-08, which has 14mm threads and a 19mm head. The price is $18.99 and if you want a package of 5 extra washers is will cost $3.99. Yes, this is higher than you will pay for a magnetic oil plug at Advance Auto Parts, but this is a one time expense. The cheaper drain plugs are not always made to spec and often the magnet will weaken with time and even come out. I put Gold Plugs on all my cars including the differentials, transfer case and transmission.
Thanks...just added one to my cart on Amazon :D
 

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I bought an Acura so I wouldn't have to do oil changes. Good luck with that!

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Great info for those DIY'ers.

Last car I did my own maintenance on was my 1998 Civic. I havent done an oil change in about 10 years and I dont plan on starting. I'll enjoy the free wifi and coffee while some grease monkey gets his hands dirty lol.
 

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Likewise, I haven't changed the oil myself in years. Since I lease, maintenance is taken care of.

When I was younger I enjoyed changing the oil, but I guess I got tired of it. I also no longer mow the yard. I do still clean the pool though, at least for now. :)

Definitely good information given. I never knew about the magnetic plug.

I am sure many others will find this information very useful.

Thanks for sharing.
 

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As a new TLX owner, I found this post very helpful. Thank you.
Question: Does anyone know the correct drain plug crush washer dimensions? Rock Auto lists two different sizes. Thanks in advance.
 

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Here’s a good thread talking just about everything oil change related. Post 36 says 14mm.

 

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Thanks, Andre. i was already pretty sure on the 14mm, it's the OD that seems to be a question on the ones I can find. Good info, though.
 

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