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Clark's Oil Filter Woes
Posted by: bought1 ()
Date: March 04, 2012 07:14PM

So I decided to change my oil today on the 65 since it been a while. Got it all drained down and ready to install my new Clark's filter. Filled it with oil, put it in place and started the bolt. The bolt would not turn in all the way. I pulled the filter off to discover that only one thread had been cut into the insert. No biggie, I knew had another Clark's filter in the basement that I bought a year ago. Opened up and looked. Sure enough, NONE of the threads had been cut into that one either so there was no way to install the bolt. I finally, dug deeper in my stash and found an AC Delco filter I had set aside a couple of years ago. So all's well than ends well.

Anyone else ever have this problem with Clark's filters? This seems odd to me, especially since the two filters were purchased a year apart.


BTW, the top metal popped off one of the Clrak's filter when I set it on the bench. Please don't take this as a slam against Clark's I love their service and will continue to buy from them!

Dave

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Re: Clark's Oil Filter Woes
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: March 04, 2012 07:17PM

Turn those filters upside down and use a tap!





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Re: Clark's Oil Filter Woes
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: March 04, 2012 07:20PM

I'd contact Clarks. They'll probably send you a replacement since it's clearly a manufacturing defect.

Craig N. Coeur d'Alene ID.
66 Black Monza 4dr, 4.2L V8 49k
66 Red Monza 2dr 140/4 EFI 60k
61 Seamist Jade Rampside 140 PG
65 Cypress Green Monza 140/4 4dr
65 White 4-dr 110/AC/PG (project)
64 GB -CrUnChEd (donor)
64 Monza coupe (parts)

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Re: Clark's Oil Filter Woes
Posted by: 4 carbs ()
Date: March 04, 2012 07:21PM

Clark's, Quality Service, Quality Parts Except for their filters. I had 2 that the tops came off.



John Booth
Roselle, IL.

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Re: Clark's Oil Filter Woes
Posted by: bought1 ()
Date: March 04, 2012 07:27PM

Yeah, I thought about tapping them, but since the top popped off of one of them, I'd rather not take a chance using them. Luckily I had the AC Delco filter (in fact I had bought a box of 12 of them a couple of years ago). I'll send them an email next week. Thanks!

Dave

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Re: Clark's Oil Filter Woes
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: March 04, 2012 07:31PM

I use Wix filters, they made the original AC Delco filter and the current Wix 21038 (Napa 1038) appears to be identical to the Delco filters I have.

Craig N. Coeur d'Alene ID.
66 Black Monza 4dr, 4.2L V8 49k
66 Red Monza 2dr 140/4 EFI 60k
61 Seamist Jade Rampside 140 PG
65 Cypress Green Monza 140/4 4dr
65 White 4-dr 110/AC/PG (project)
64 GB -CrUnChEd (donor)
64 Monza coupe (parts)

20 Tons of parts in boxes

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Re: Clark's Oil Filter Woes
Posted by: bought1 ()
Date: March 04, 2012 07:34PM

I've used the Wix in the past as well, and I like them. The AC ones I have are the blue PF-4 variety. Seems to be ok.

Dave

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Re: Clark's Oil Filter Woes
Posted by: curt ()
Date: March 04, 2012 08:09PM

I thought the Wix Number is 51038, are EM and LM different?

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Re: Clark's Oil Filter Woes
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: March 04, 2012 08:13PM

Oops, my mistake, 51038 is correct for all Corvairs. Thanks for the catch!

Craig N. Coeur d'Alene ID.
66 Black Monza 4dr, 4.2L V8 49k
66 Red Monza 2dr 140/4 EFI 60k
61 Seamist Jade Rampside 140 PG
65 Cypress Green Monza 140/4 4dr
65 White 4-dr 110/AC/PG (project)
64 GB -CrUnChEd (donor)
64 Monza coupe (parts)

20 Tons of parts in boxes

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Re: Clark's Oil Filter Woes
Posted by: davemotohead ()
Date: March 04, 2012 08:17PM

I always use the WIX and have never had a problem with one!thumbs up

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Re: Clark's Oil Filter Woes
Posted by: 4carbcorvair ()
Date: March 04, 2012 08:45PM

Wix occasionally have tops come off too. I have a pic of one I changed. NOTHING is perfect. smiling smiley and :/

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Re: Clark's Oil Filter Woes
Date: March 04, 2012 09:28PM

Dave, throw them away! If you try to salvage them with a tap you risk generating metal chips that could get into the oil system!

Corey Pedersen
Amston, CT
1962 Monza 102 HP Convertible - Restoration Complete
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1951 MG-TD - Newest Addition
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Re: Clark's Oil Filter Woes
Posted by: bought1 ()
Date: March 04, 2012 09:52PM

connecticutcorvair Wrote:
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> Dave, throw them away! If you try to salvage them
> with a tap you risk generating metal chips that
> could get into the oil system!


I hear you... Already in the trash.winking smiley Looks like we're going to hit weather in the 60s this week in our area! Woo hoo!

Dave

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Re: Clark's Oil Filter Woes
Posted by: steve c goodman ()
Date: March 04, 2012 10:05PM

I use either NAPA 1038 or CARQUEST 85038 period. After saying that I have found untapped holes in both of the above numbers too, not often but it has happened. Quality control can only go so far. I would save the CLARKS filters so they can be sent back for credit.

Sincere regards, Steve

1962 spyder 3.0L turbo 1967 monza 110/4
1968 monza 110/4 1971 amante gt 110/4

Golden, Colo. CORSA/RMC/PPCC

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Re: Clark's Oil Filter Woes
Posted by: richard1 ()
Date: March 04, 2012 10:53PM

You don;t want the metal filings from tapping it. Call for refund and for them to know.

Things happen. A bin of base plates sitting to become 3/4" or something else. Someone on a tour grabs some to look at and throw back into the wrong bin. Or an employee mixes.

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Re: Clark's Oil Filter Woes
Posted by: Murphy ()
Date: March 04, 2012 11:16PM

FWIW,

I think Clarks would appreciate if you told them about this.

Murphy

'65 110 Monza coupe
'61 500 coupe (under construction)

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Re: Clark's Oil Filter Woes
Posted by: isucorvair ()
Date: March 05, 2012 03:38AM

I have used quite a few Clarks filters with no troubles, for what it's worth (probably 10 filters?).

I also run the WIX (Napa) filters - since the local Napa keeps 2 on the shelf for me at all times. I am trying to convince them to keep 3, since I have 3 cars.


Eric P.
DeWitt, IA

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Re: Clark's Oil Filter Woes
Posted by: OttawaCorvairGuy ()
Date: March 05, 2012 04:16AM

I always return my defective parts where I got them and allow the supplier to stand up for me (us) – by addressing the manufacture – so they can continue offering what I (we) need at the best quality.

As we all know Clark's is an outstanding Corvair parts supplier.

I also know you are not picking/slamming them.

If Clark's was not - they would not still be in business after all these years; as people would have stopped using them.
Clark’s is top notch in my book; I have used them since my first Corvair in 1983.

Clark's and every other parts supplier, no matter the car make or model, use outside sources to manufacture parts.

Clark's has always stood by their parts and service! That is why they are still in business.
However, they can only do so – if we let them know and give them a chance.
Plus when you send back a defective part it will give Clark’s the proof to show their manufacture - there is a problem that needs to be address.

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Re: Clark's Oil Filter Woes
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: March 05, 2012 04:41AM

Now if Clark's could only persuade people to search here.....ggggg

Click here for 8 pages of previous Oil Filter Woes...


I do believe Clarks has already addressed this???





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Re: Clark's Oil Filter Woes
Posted by: bought1 ()
Date: March 05, 2012 12:39PM

I do plan to email Clark's. I'm not worried if they replace the filters or not...two filters does not equal a lot of cash and its not worth the shipping costs to send them back to them. But, you folks are right, they should know about the issue so they can QC it better wth their supplier. Also, I harvested the inner rubber seal on each filter since they make perfect gaskets to go between the carb mouth and the air cleaner crossover tube.winking smiley

Thanks!

Dave



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