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48 Cub oil filter

Postby tomstractor » Sat Apr 18, 2020 12:04 pm

Went to install my Baldwin oil filter and found out that the hole on one end was smaller than the other end. It fits tight on the bolt.
Never noticed that before. Which end is up and why?

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Re: 48 Cub oil filter

Postby Dale Finch » Sat Apr 18, 2020 12:07 pm

It will only fit one direction. And yes, it is a tight fit!
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Re: 48 Cub oil filter

Postby Don McCombs » Sat Apr 18, 2020 12:12 pm

The bolt enters the filter through the larger hole and exits through the smaller hole.
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napa oil filter

Postby kully560 » Sun Apr 19, 2020 9:49 am

I went to install a new oil filter on my 1959 lowboy that I bought from Napa and I had to ream the top hole for the bolt to fit through . any body else have this problem.

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Re: napa oil filter

Postby Bob McCarty » Sun Apr 19, 2020 10:01 am

Did you try turning the filter over? The bottom hole is smaller than the top one.
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Re: napa oil filter

Postby Dale Finch » Sun Apr 19, 2020 10:04 am

As Bob said, one hole is smaller than the other...large on top and small on bottom. I just installed one a couple weeks ago, and did need to press quite hard to get the bolt to go through the bottom hole.
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Re: napa oil filter

Postby Bill Hudson » Sun Apr 19, 2020 10:11 am

kully560 wrote:I went to install a new oil filter on my 1959 lowboy that I bought from Napa and I had to ream the top hole for the bolt to fit through . any body else have this problem.


I'm fairly confident that you altered the functionality of the filter. My suggestion (worth what you paid for it) is to replace the oil filter.

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Re: napa oil filter

Postby Eugene » Sun Apr 19, 2020 10:40 am

Dale Finch wrote:As Bob said, one hole is smaller than the other...large on top and small on bottom. I just installed one a couple weeks ago, and did need to press quite hard to get the bolt to go through the bottom hole.
Screw the filter on to the mounting bolt's threads.
I have an excuse. CRS.

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Re: napa oil filter

Postby staninlowerAL » Sun Apr 19, 2020 10:41 am

kully560 wrote:I went to install a new oil filter on my 1959 lowboy that I bought from Napa and I had to ream the top hole for the bolt to fit through . any body else have this problem.

I've found a lot of things to buy at NAPA but never found a cub for sale there! :lol: :mrgreen: :hattip:

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Re: napa oil filter

Postby kully560 » Sun Apr 19, 2020 10:45 am

yes I tried both sides and just had to ream less than a 1/16" for the bolt to go through . If I tried to force it I would have bent the top of the filter in.

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Re: napa oil filter

Postby indy61 » Sun Apr 19, 2020 10:48 am

There was a problem with Wix filters having an incorrect hole diameter. Wix does make the Napa filter.

steinertractor wrote:Hi all,
First, we want to thank you for bringing this to our attention. As you’ve all noted, we are selling a Wix filter and have been for some time. It does seem that many of those that Wix sent recently have the incorrect hole diameter. I want to apologize for anyone that felt their problem wasn’t understood properly by our staff here. We strive to take product issues very seriously and I escalated this situation to the General Manager and the President to ensure we are communicating at all levels of our staffing these type of product issues and are making it right and not hassling about a return.

Currently, we have a staff member from our Quality Control team sorting through all of the filters on the shelf and testing them with the bolts from the Farmall Cub to ensure proper fit. Right now, the Bad pile is larger than the Good pile, but we do have confirmed good ones to ship out if anyone is still in need.

We also read what you wrote in regards to the overall filter diameter. Dan Steiner is having our purchasing team research other available filters and we may be making a switch from the Wix filter because of that 1/4” overall diameter difference you identified. However we do like the fact that Wix encapsulates their cartridge filters with steel which is why we choose them over other less expensive filters.

I want to make sure that you all have an open line of communication at Steiner Tractor Parts. We have learned so much from the group of fine folks on this forum, your experience and knowledge are vital to this hobby and I thank you for all the work you do to promote tractor restoration and especially to help out newbies. Your forum is a wonderful place for guys to gain knowledge and insight into their tractor and that includes our own team here at Steiner!

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Re: napa oil filter

Postby Stanton » Sun Apr 19, 2020 10:55 am

To answer your original question: no, I’ve never had a NAPA filter have that issue. Perhaps it’s a different supplier or a filter that didn’t get properly punched on the assembly line. If you only made it large enough so the bolt fits snug, then the filter should be fine. If there’s room enough to wiggle the bolt, then oil can bypass the filter, as you probably know.

Thanks for the”heads up”. It’ll be interesting to see if anyone else has this experience with NAPA filters in the future.
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Re: napa oil filter

Postby kully560 » Sun Apr 19, 2020 11:07 am

sorry Stanton , I just my garage and it was a wix filter not a napa filter my mistake. I still have 1 more filter on the shelf that I bought several years ago and will use it up and then look for a different brand .

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Re: napa oil filter

Postby trekrider69 » Sun Apr 19, 2020 12:25 pm

I just installed a NAPA filter this week and had to ream the top hole also. I thought they had the wrong filter in the box, but it was exactly like the one I took out. It is a tight fit.
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Re: napa oil filter

Postby kully560 » Sun Apr 19, 2020 1:03 pm

yes that is what I am talking about the top hole needed to be reamed a little. but I purchased these filters about 2-3 years ago. I buy 3- 6 at a time and still I have 1 left over and the next time I will need to ream again. I am going back to baldwin filters as they are a direct fit.


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