The products of Avtoagregat OJSC (formerly Livensky Avtoagregatny Zavod) are well known. Alas, oil filters from Lieven were taken as a role model by the master of the “left” product.

Maxim Sachkov

Here is the first exhibit - a filter 2105–1012005, allegedly made at the Avtoagregat. Pay attention to where the points of contact welding of the cover with the amplifier are located - under the rubber band, in addition there are only six of them (photo 1). Compare with the “native” detail: eight points are evenly distributed around the circumference next to the seam (fakes are marked in red on all photos, original details are marked in green). It is noticeable how carelessly applied sealant to the connection of the amplifier with the cover. The “putty” on the fake is red, on the factory filter it is gray, and it is almost invisible. The inlets on the “native” part look coarser - this is the technology.

Take a look at the connection of the housing and the cover of the false filter (photo 2). In Livny, the oil filter is painted after assembly, and the side cover is as black as the case.

And what will the label tell us? The logo on a fake is not at all like the logo. The Rostest badge suffered - instead of the letter “P, ” it turned out “K”. Well, the inscription "Made in Russia" has been preserved, and even on the markings of some fakes it is stated that the Lebanese filters "Made in Germany", "… Korea", "… Italy" and even "… USSR".

On the upper part of the body of the “native” part, a company label-truck was squeezed out;

We proceed to the next "left" filter 2105 (photo 3). Here the sealing gum falls out: the groove in the lid does not have enough depth. Six welding points are found under the ring - the forgers again made a mistake both in their location and in quantity. The diameter of the eight holes on the amplifier is clearly larger than the original part.

The next exhibit is an oil filter marked 2101 (photo 4), which got into the museum as a “five”, because its height is 83 mm. The height of the factory "cheap" filter should be 100 mm. This representative of the fake world, like the previous one, has a loose gum - the groove is too narrow. The first foci of corrosion already appear on the lid and amplifier (photo 5). In "native" filters 2105 these parts are reliably protected by galvanization.

In conclusion - a few common signs by which you can easily distinguish the original from a fake. Fakes can have four to eight oil inlets. The amplifier of a real shower filter is never marked with alphanumeric designations - only the housing is marked. Paint - white on black, convex logo - on the end.

All factory filters get on the counter wrapped in special waxed paper. Fakes are packed in polyethylene, plain paper or sold without packaging at all. To make sure the valves are tight, blow into the threaded outlet. At the same time, air should not leave the remaining eight "holes".

One way to deal with fakes is to identify them and bypass them. So learn to filter out fakes from originals.