I keep coming back to this story every five years or so. New subscribers have not read about it. Old-time subscribers forget.
The secret is the Frantz oil filter. It uses a roll of toilet paper as the filter.
“An oil filter that uses toilet paper. What a joke!”
It is not a joke. But the universal customer response is initially something like this.
The toilet paper filters out everything larger than half a micron. This removes virtually all metal particles. The oil stays clean physically 100% of the time. There is no grit to wear out metal parts.
Toilet paper also removes water, thereby reducing all acid creation to zero: no water — no acid. The oil is pure chemically.
Oil does not wear out. It just gets dirty. A roll of toilet paper keeps oil clean all of the time.
Change the toilet paper once every 5,000 miles, add a quart of oil to replace the oil absorbed by the used roll, and your engine’s oil stays clean. The engine will not wear out for 500,000 miles. The car’s body will wear out first.
The oil is always clean. It does not go from clean to dirty in between oil changes, as it does with a normal oil filter.
Note: the best toilet paper to use is the cheap commercial kind: 500 two-ply sheets. The standard “soft” kinds have 350 sheets: less paper, more air, and higher profits for the manufacturers. Scott 1000 also works.
Back in the 1960s, there was a rival product to the Frantz called the Motor Guard. I used one of these units on my 1956 VW from 1965 until I sold the car in 1971. It worked as advertised.
Later, I switched to a Frantz. I changed my oil three times in 125,000 miles on my 1972 Toyota Corolla. A decade later, I had a mechanic strip the engine to see what shape it was in. He said that every part was within original factory specifications. He had been a skeptic. After he did the test, he wrote an article for my newsletter, Remnant Review, praising it.
You can still buy a Frantz here: http://www.frantzoil.com/home.html.
You must pay a mechanic to install it or install it yourself.
A competing product is sold by the Amsoil company, although it doesn’t use toilet paper for the filter. You buy Amsoil filter rolls. It works just fine.
These are by-pass filters. They are added into your existing oil filtration system, which will no longer have anything to filter.
Here is a good reason why you probably won’t buy a Frantz or an Amsoil by-pass filter: engines today fill most of the the space under the hood. There is little room for one of these by-pass filters. I wish there were.
A HUGE MARKETING PROBLEM
The Frantz has never really caught on. There are reasons for this.
First, there was too much resistance to the claim of the original manufacturer: End Oil Changes. It seems impossible — too good to be true.
Second, there are endless rumors about how the toilet paper can shred and ruin your engine. This is a so-called urban myth. Oil-drenched toilet paper does not shred. Also, for advertising purposes only, the units have a fine mesh screen to prevent this.
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