The spring is the relief valve in the pump. As I was trying to explain that a LOSS of oil pressure is usually caused by excessive bottom end clearance. It is possible to "stick a relief valve open" and loose pressure that way, but unlikely. If you have guage and you rev your motor up and you see the gauge climb to 45 psi and stop with plenty of revs to go that is probably the relief valve opening. There can be a small loss of pressure through the filter but the fliter by-pass would take care of that. Ter'M'Up does not state he has an oil pressure issue... so who knows? As far Fram filters go they suck try using NAPA gold aor Amsoil filters.