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More than 75% of contamination found in engine oil is soot.

Soot is the major wear-causing component of an engine. At Cummins Filtration, we understand that soot removal is the key to more reliable equipment and increased profitability. Our Venturi Combo series lube filters use advanced design technology to remove soot from engine oil more efficiently.

Soot is generated through the combustion process and the residue of unburnt fuel, varnishes, carbon, acids, water and lacquers. These contaminants make their way into the oil past the piston rings and accumulate over time.

Venturi Combo filters incorporate specialised media that attracts and holds the soot, allowing the oil to run cleaner for longer. The patented stacked disc media in the Venturi Combo filter’s bypass system allows ultrafine filtering of the oil to capture and retain up to four times more soot than a conventional oil filter.

This results in less service and repair downtime for your equipment, savings on oil and labour and more capability to create revenue for your business.


What is StrataPore media?

StrataPore is a synthetic media made exclusively by Cummins Filtration. It has high efficiency capabilities with exceptional dirt holding capacities.

What is the recommended oil and filter change interval for your Combo Lube or Venturi Combo Lube Filters?

Cummins Filtration recommends changing your oil and filter by your engine manufacturer's recommendations.


What is a by-pass filter?

A by-pass filter, not to be confused with a by-pass valve, is a high efficiency low flow filter which filters a small percent of the engine oil at one time. By-pass filters are very effective at removing the smaller wear-causing contaminates due to their high efficiency of filtering smaller contaminates. By-pass filters are always used in conjunction with a full flow filter.

What is a full flow filter?

Full flow filters filter 100% of the oil which goes through the engine.

What is the by-pass setting for lube and hydraulic filters?

Each lube filter and hydraulic filter system is equipped with a by-pass valve to ensure main components in the system are sufficiently lubricated if oil is cold or the filter is blocked by excessive contamination. The by-pass valve can be located in the filter or filter head. Depending on the OEM manufacturer's specification, the setting of the by-pass valve can differ. The Cummins Filtration catalogue lists the setting of this valve (14.7 PSI = 1 bar). If no setting is mentioned, no by-pass valve is mounted in the filter.

What is the anti-drainback valve for lube and hydraulic filters?

The anti-drainback valve is fitted in filters for applications where potential risk of the filter running empty exists. This situation has to be avoided otherwise wear will occur on the moving parts as these parts are not yet lubricated by oil.

Can a by-pass filter have a by-pass valve?

No, by-pass filters do not require by-pass valves. A by-pass valve is required in full-flow filtration to ensure the engine is lubricated when oil is cold or the filter is plugged. If oil is cold, the by-pass filter will receive less oil flow and in case it is plugged, will not function anymore.

What is the purpose of the hot melt beads on the outside of the element pack in lube applications?

The hot melt is applied to the surface of the element pack of lube filters to prevent the pleats from being pushed together when the element pack is subjected to fluid flow. Without hot melt being added to some applications, the pleats can be pushed together, resulting in short filter life due to the total surface of the media not being used for filtration.

What's the difference between full-flow and by-pass lube filters?

A full-flow oil filter is mounted in full flow of oil, meaning all oil entering the engine is filtered. In full-flow filters, Cummins Filtration uses cellulose media (40 µm absolute) or upgraded media, such as StrataPore (25 µm absolute). A by-pass filter is mounted in the by-pass, so approximately 10% of the lube oil flow is passing through this filter. Cummins Filtration offers high efficiency "real depth filtration" by means of its stacked disc media. As the average size of wear particles in engines are in the range of 5 to 30 µm, these particles cannot be completely filtered out by full-flow filters as these filters would be too restrictive. Therefore, the use of a by-pass filter, such as Cummins Filtration's LF777 or Centrifugal filtration system, will keep oil cleaner and result in less wear on moving parts of engines.

How tight should a lube filter be installed?

Installation instructions on the side of the filter should be followed to properly install the filter. The sealing gasket should be lubricated with clean oil, the filter should then be screwed on until the gasket makes contact with the sealing surface on the head, and then the filter should be tightened the correct amount of turns as specified on the side of the filter.

What are some ways to extend lube service intervals?

Use oil designed for Extended Service Interval (ESI) applications • Use oil analysis designed for ESI to establish and verify change intervals • Consult your engine manufacturer for recommendations on oil change intervals • Use lube filters designed for ESI applications

Does Cummins Filtration offer extended service lube filters?

Yes, Cummins Filtration’s LF9000 series of patented Venturi combination full-flow/by-pass filters are a direct replacement for many OE filters.

What is a micron?

A micron is a thousandth of a millimetre or a millionth of a metre or .000039 of an inch. Micron is the unit of measure used to determinate the size of particles in a fluid which are filtered out by the filter.

What is the difference between Absolute and Nominal micron rating?

Micron rating is the size of particles which are filtered out by filters at a certain efficiency. When this efficiency is at least 98.6%, we speak about absolute micron rating/filtration. Nominal micron rating is just a commercial trick for all efficiencies lower than 98.6%, meaning that for the same micron rating (for example 10 µ) in the case of nominal rating, not all particles will be captured in the filter as in the case of absolute micron rating.

Why doesn't Cummins Filtration publish micron ratings for all its filters?

Generally this is not necessary. Cummins Filtration filters are designed to meet or exceed OEM specifications.