Dangerous filters: how to distinguish a fake from the original? (part 1)
We usually take two things lightly: separate waste collection and timely replacement of filters. And any – both oil and air, so fuel and salon. We will not talk about garbage now, but we’ll talk about how bad filters destroy the car.
The oil filter is luckier than anyone: it is changed with the oil. But with the rest, negligent owners often get worse. The air filter can be replaced when it starts to be sucked into the manifold, the fuel filter – when the engine stops responding to the gas pedal, but the cabin… Well, if it gets too cold in the winter, and starts to rot out of the “stove”.
The task of any filter is to clean the environment in which it works. Everyone knows this, and you should not remind about this for the hundredth time. We will take a different path: take a set of original filters and their analogues of not the highest quality, compare them and see what consequences the consumable for two rubles made in garages can lead to. And for the original parts we’ll take a set of Kia filters that came to our table directly from the dealership (because when buying them in other places, we still cannot be sure of their originality. This is our spare parts market, unfortunately )
For fresh breath
Let’s start with the air filters. We have four of them: the original Hyundai-Kia with the number 281131r100 (Solaris, Rio, Veloster), the original Hyundai-Kia with the number 281132s000 (ix35, Ceed, Sportage III, i40), an analogue for the first filter from Miles (AFAI118 number) and for the second is an AMD filter (AMDFA68).
An air filter on a Kia or Hyundai is very inexpensive and accessible to everyone, even the original one. It is not clear why to try to save on it, but if there are analogues, then there will always be those who want to use them. Well, let’s see what lies in the boxes. We begin the comparison with a couple of filters for the most popular Solaris / Rio – the original 281131r100 and Miles (AFAI118).
Of course, it is important that the filter does the job, and everything else is secondary. Including packaging. But was it really so hard for this manufacturer to even draw something on his box? White cardboard is somehow quite dreary. Well, okay, the main thing is inside.
Kia packaging in traditional colors – red and blue. Printing looks simple, but by the small stripes on the red part you can judge its quality – everything is printed clearly. True, there is no list of cars for which this filter is intended. But here Kia should crouch in deep curtsy in front of Miles, which were not enough even for a simple drawing. There is only a sticker crookedly stuck on the packaging. Apparently, they don’t worry about fakes here: you can stick such a sticker on any box. And so crooked – even more so.
Let’s pull out the original filter.
The fact that he is related to Kia, nothing is said on his case: only Hyundai was modestly mentioned. But there is the name of the manufacturer – Leehan. This company is the supplier of OEM parts for Korean manufacturers. There is a date of manufacture of the filter.
There are no questions to the filter itself: the pile does not fly, it is done carefully. All gaps are even, the corners are formed without disturbing the geometry. I’m talking about this separately, because things will get worse… True, not with Hyundai-Kia.
Now unpack the Miles filter. And here a pleasant surprise awaits us: the filter is packed in polyethylene. Not bad considering the dull box.
But the filter itself is noticeably different from the original. Firstly, it has a slightly yellowish tint. I can’t say that this is bad. It is unlikely that color has any meaning. But his excessive “fluffiness” is not very good anymore. Pile disappears, and he has already adorned the plastic of the case. Where do you think this pile will fly in the motor? Yeah, the piston. But he is not needed there at all.
The second unpleasant moment is jammed folds of the filter element. They were obviously not collecting it very carefully.
Finally, straight sections of plastic are not quite straight and with some kind of suspicious cracks. How such a hem will fit to the filter housing is a question. Maybe it will be pressed by the lid, or maybe it will let air through. Of course, unpeeled.
The data on the filter is not stamped out, as on the original, but printed. And not very high quality.
I don’t think this is a really bad filter. Those who love risk more than their car can try it. But I would not.
Let’s move on to the second pair – the original 281132s000 for the ix35, Ceed, Sportage III and i40 and the analogue of the production of AMD (AMDFA68).
I have already said about the packaging of the original, I won’t repeat it – this filter has the same one as the previous one. But AMD packaging is clearly more interesting than that of Miles. The design is a bit controversial, but at least it is. On the sticker is a list of cars that fit the filter out of the box.
And on the box there is a QR code. And if he is, then you need to see where he will lead.
QR brought us to the website of the representative company of the “Korean auto parts brand” AMD “. The country of origin is not indicated either on the box or on the filter itself. But judging by the barcode, the filter is indeed made in South Korea. But made far from the best way. Let’s compare it with the original filter.
Here is the OEM detail.
Neatly assembled element, nothing sticks out. For fun, let’s count the folds – there are 26 of them.
Now we look at the analogue.
Firstly, he got a strange relief, which is not on the original, where the height of all the folds is the same. Secondly, here again there are a lot of villi that fly off from the filter material. Thirdly, there are even fewer folds – 24 pieces. But the distance between them turned out more. Fourth, plastic was transported to the glue where necessary and not necessary.
And the most important thing is how the part of the filter is made, which should fit snugly against its body on the machine. The original one has an elastic hem, and it is made with the same gaps around the entire perimeter of the filter. And the analogue, not only this border is much harder, but also its profile is completely different from the profile of the original. In addition, the entire filter is almost three millimeters shorter, and in the end it seems that it is generally from another machine.
In vain, by the way, the air filter does not give a damn. A loose fit on its edge leads to dust entering the cylinders. That is, such a filter almost does not work, and the CPG wear rate is rapidly increasing. And if the previous analogue could at least somehow be risked to put, then this filter is better to throw out of harm’s way. More precisely, from scoring of cylinders.
Ok, now let’s move on to the oil filters.
Where is the valve?
We also have four oil filters: the original Hyundai-Kia 2630035505 for Sportage, Magentis, Sorento and Carnival, its analogue Miles (AFOS005), the original 2630035531 for ix40, ix35, ix20 and Kia Rio and its analog Pmc PBA-001.
We will start with a pair of Hyundai-Kia 2630035505 and Miles (AFOS005).
Don’t you think that in such different boxes the filters should be different? It seems right. Because the analog was simply smaller than the original. But let’s take it in order.
Kia packaging is already familiar to us: minimum information, but the printing is of high quality. The box has an interesting feature – it is sealed. Once opened – it is already visible that someone climbed into the box.
The inscriptions directly on Kia filters are confusing for many. More precisely, the inscriptions on fakes: they often turn out brighter than on the original part.
And many people are confused by the presence of a hologram. The fact is that they are very common on fakes. But on the original filters – not always. Kia filters are made by two companies: Yongdong and Mann. And Mann for some reason never glued to his hologram filters. It’s easy to distinguish Yongdong from Mann: the first knocks the letter “Y” on the filter, the second – “W”. We can see just W on the filter, so the absence of this shiny sticker is not a sign of fake. In addition, a filter purchased from a dealer simply cannot be fake.
Inside, the filter looks solid, and the rubber band, which must be lubricated with oil during installation, is soft.
The Miles filter is a completely different story.
The box is simpler here – white cardboard with stickers. In general, the same as the air filter.
The instruction on the filter in Russian, of course, pleases. They translated it diligently, but the transfer in the form of a “motor-fir-tree” hints as if. “Humidify” the rubber gasket is also strong.
If these negligence can be forgiven, then the look of the filter itself should alert more. Compare the working part of the original part and analogue. Strange fixation by core on the filter is a bad manners. And the rubber gasket, which the manual suggests “moisturizing” with oil, seems wooden to the touch.
Well and epic-file: we look at the size of the analogue compared to the original.