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When a great deal isn't...

Nothing worse than changing oil and filters in your vehicle, starting it to check for leaks, and hearing "PSSSSSHHHHHH!" Ugh. What could it be? Well, a quick look under the vehicle and seeing fresh oil spraying from the filter would be it.

I have been changing oil and filters in my own vehicles for about 40 years and have never had a problem. I have always preferred a certain brand of filter and that choice has always produced good results. Solid filtering, dependable seals, and decent price all work for this brand.

Well, back in the spring, I started getting coupons from the local auto parts store. Buy Brand X motor oil for $24.99 and get Brand Y filter. Hmm, seems like a good deal since most 5 quart jugs of quality motor oil are $24.99 and up. The filter was essentially free...I think.

Always looking to be thrifty in a hundred different ways, I made a switch to the new deal. In early spring, I used the new brand Y filter and saved the money on this great deal! That was until Friday when I changed oil, started the engine to check for leaks, and heard "PSSSSSHHHHHH!

Do you know that human error is more likely to bring problems upon backyard mechanics than faulty parts. In this case, I would point out the only changed variable was the filter brand.

Here's how my PSSSSHHHHH moment came to be. I loosened the old filter, pulled it down from the engine, and unbeknownst to me the rubber ring seal stayed attached to the engine block (It is supposed to remain attached to the filter.). I would just like to point out this malfunction of a used oil filter has never happened in those 40 years of using a certain reputable filter. Let me repeat, NEVER.

Apparently, you get what you pay for.

It would appear the great deal with motor oil and filter for $24.99 might be a bad choice for me going forward. And, I will be reverting back to that certain reputable brand of oil filter regardless of the price. Why? For starters, I had to remove the new filter, discover the used seal still attached to the engine, reassemble the new piece, then cleaned 3 quarts of oil off the garage floor. Oh, and I then needed to replace the three quarts of oil back into the engine. My great deal of savings just tanked out.

There were some shrewd folk back in the early church promoting something that sounded better than the original Gospel that Paul had shared. The disingenuous apostles were deluding the church and leading faithful trusting believers away from Christ. Paul called these frauds on their heresy and likened them to Satan himself. When something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Basing our faith on the Gospel as revealed in the Holy scriptures will always get us started on a firm foundation. We'll know truth and will be able to identify a fraud when it is offered. It is prudent to always look back at the Bible for our understanding because it is a reputable book. Sort of like that reputable oil filter brand I will be returning to in the future.

"And I will keep on doing what I am doing in order to cut the ground from under those who want an

opportunity to be considered equal with us in the things they boast about. For such men are false

apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan

himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as

servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve." (2 Corinthians 11:12-15, NIV)

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