Chevrolet Cruze Features Recycling-Friendly Oil Filter
But it’s not only the revolutionary solutions that bring us closer to eco motoring - the little things, which might seem unimportant at first glance, are also worthy of being taken into consideration.
One example that illustrates this comes from General Motors, which has made sure that the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze will make proper oil filter disposal and recycling easier. The car’s Ecotec 1.4 liter turbo and 1.4 liter four cylinder engines will feature a cartdrige type oil filter, which is easier to recycle and service compared to the traditional steel canister style oil filters.
While recycling canister type filters requires that the metal housing and the rest of the elements, such as the rubber seal, are separated, the compact cartdrige style filter only uses paper and plastic and thus offers an easier recycling pathway.
The new filter’s housing is integrated in the engine and reused, never needing replacing. The housing also features a screw-on replaceable cap, which eliminates the conventional canister-to-engine contact surface that is s potential leak source.
“Another benefit of the cartridge-style filter is that it can be changed easily and is virtually drip free from the top of the vehicle. This lessens the chance of oil dripping to the ground or driveway and possibly making its way into the water system when performing oil changes,” stated the press release.