The seal appeared to be intact so I guess I’m good. At first I didn’t even 
notice that they had separated. I tried to install the new filter but it 
wouldn’t go all the way into the housing- duh! I then realized that something 
was wrong!

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> On Apr 13, 2018, at 3:36 PM, Peter Frederick via Mercedes 
> <mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
> 
> Never had one fall apart before, but the two parts are actually completely 
> separate filters -- the high density (gin trash or string wound) fine filter 
> bleeds back into the oil pan, the full flow paper filter feeds the engine oil 
> passages.  There is a seal between them that the "post" goes through.
> 
> Unless the seal between the two halves was damaged, no harm done, they are 
> just rolled together so you don't have two separate pieces to deal with.
> 
> Peter
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