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defective (new) fuel filter from Auto Zone
I bought a new fuel filter last week from Auto zone.
Luber finer # FF830
Upon inspection, I found the filter media was not completely sealed on the end cap.
The epoxy material (or whatever it is) that is used to seal it was not properly applied, leaving gaps between the pleats of filter media.
When I put a flashlight against the rubber grommet & sealed off the other end with my finger, you could see light all the way around it (only on the one end, the other end was fine)
I called & emailed the manufacturer of the filter & they semed concerned & told me to retun it to A/Z
They also wanted A/Z to send them the defective filter for inspection.
Well, I went to A/Z today (a different A/Z store than where I purchased it) & they gave me a new one & seemed like they could care less about sending the old one back to the manf.
When I got home, I inspected the new filter: Same issues, although it was not nearly as bad as the first one.
These filters are made by Champion labs, who makes countless generic/private label oil, air & fuel filters.
I know they make the STP brand @ Auto zone, & sell under thier own luber finer brand. They also make the wal-mart oil filters (which I had just used on my last oil change....) I am sure they make countless other private label oil filters. Lee brand is another that comes to mind.
Has anyone ever experienced this problem & what fuel filters are you all using ??
This second defective filter will be returned directly to the factory for them to evaluate.
I have been using thier filters under many different brand names for probably 20 years & this has me concerned. Esp the oil filters.