The gas engine in your Toyota Prius has many parts. Motor oil lubricates them all. Oil has impurities to begin with, and it collects particulate as it greases. Your engine also produced heat as it runs; if your radiator can't dissipate it well enough, it can turn that oil into a gooey muck. What happens when either or both accumulate? Your oil pump and its bearings start to quickly wear out. They aren't the only engine parts that do, either. Luckily, your Prius has an original Toyota oil filter to help prevent that.
What Do Oil Filters Do?
Contrary to the occasional opinion, they're important and they do make a difference. Put simply, they capture most contaminants before they can get into your engine and cause problems. You should replace the one in your hybrid regularly, during every oil change or during every other one. That's at least every 3 months or 3,000 miles. However, avoid the aftermarket; oil filters not made by Toyota may not get gasket and thread sizes right. Use the wrong-size filter, and either the filter will start leaking or it'll fall off your oil pump. Oil leaks are bad enough for any engine, but filter detachment usually results in severe engine damage. The best replacement for your Toyota Prius, then, is a genuine OEM oil filter. It'll fit your hybrid most reliably. You can buy one online from our auto parts department. Order now -- we'll ship it immediately, right to your door, so you'll be taking care of the job in no time.
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