|09-25-2013 02:27 PM|
Ive replaced mine three times in 2 1/2 years. Normally that would be overkill but I'm allergic to just about everything sooooo....:D
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|09-25-2013 01:48 PM|
|Marine||That might be a valid assumption.|
|09-25-2013 12:02 PM|
I don't believe that the reason these filters turn black is due only to dirt. There is active charcoal in these, and after time and exposure to humidity, that charcoal stains the white filter media. I think the real story of how dirty the filter is told by the dirt trapped in the pleats, not the overall color of the filter.
Your engine/intake air filter "breathes" the same air these filters do, and they don't turn black. Why? no active charcoal.
|09-25-2013 11:11 AM|
Yeah, now that I've done this once at just under 21K miles I will probably replace about every 20K going forward. Once you figure out how to do it the job isn't so hard. Took me about 5-10 minutes the first time but I think I should be able to do it in a couple minutes the next time.
|09-20-2013 07:44 PM|
|Marine||Wow you still alive and lungs work :)|
|09-20-2013 04:25 PM|
This is what happens after 40k without changing it. I just realized I should have taken a picture of the other side (direction of air flow)... but you get the picture.
|09-20-2013 04:05 PM|
After reading all the helpful tips here, I finally decided to do mine. I went with a WIX from O'Reilly. Prior to squeezing the clips and removing the little door, there was a TORX type screw at the bottom to remove. Once removed, I threw that away like the guy at the dealer would (never to be used again).
I pretty much wadded up the new one and squeezed it back into the slot. It popped back into a nice square shape fairly easily. The old one was pretty black from 21,000 miles of "fresh" Atlanta interstate air.
|07-26-2013 01:59 PM|
If you're going to pull it out, you might want to consider replacing it at the same time. It's not exactly easy to access...
|07-26-2013 01:11 PM|
|07-26-2013 12:02 PM|
|ChrisLuce||Nice, I have 26.xxx miles on mine and have never looked at it. I will have to check. Thanks!|
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