Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Those Devilish Oil Filter Gaskets and O-rings

Upon our return to the mainland USA on Saturday I discovered in our mail the great and mighty oil filter accessories, all required to ensure a leak-free filter assembly.

Complete gasket set. Photographing them on a traditional Peruvian faja lends a quality of mystery and magic to the near-sacred relics

Parts diagram

The small copper ring is # 21 and it fits over the bolt.  The widest gasket is # 16 and it forms the seal between the insert and the housing. Meanwhile # 15 seals the tube through which the oil flows into the filter.  Easy to make as an omelette but perhaps less digestible.

The three items cost about $12 for a single set.  If I were a betting man I'd buy a warehouse full of them and watch people grovel in the years ahead as they struggle to acquire and purchase the precious objects.

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