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Old 01-21-2007, 04:48 PM   #1
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Hmmm, I took off my air filter, guess what happened...

Ok, so my friend had a air filter that he was thinking of getting rid of and I've been thinking of getting a short ram intake for a while so we thought why not give it a try! So we took off my air intake/filter thing to find that there was no "filter" in it. That puzzled he and I cause we don't know how that thing works. The box is sealed as far as we could tell except for the part that connects to the two holes on the side of the engine and the one below the filter. (really hoping you guys know what I mean) The box has a gauge on the side of it. So we slap his filter on there and take off down the road. I noticed a difference in power slightly and a big difference in the sound. Then I go to make a hard left turn at about 20 and suddenly the car shakes, the power steering disappears and we are stuck in the middle of the road. I start it up again, cause now I'm freaking out thinking my brand knew engine is ruined, and we head back to to his house. We put the air box filter that doesn't have a filter thing back on the car and started it up. Took it for a spin, drove fine, still drives fine. The problem is that the check engine light was on the entire time after we took off the box and after we put it back on it stayed on. We consulted the manual and it said we had to do several driving cycles for it to go off. thing is the light is still on. Ok, so now that you know how stupid I am I have a few questions. First, though i think i know why, why did that happen? Second, why hasn't the light gone away yet after replacing the filter box? Thirdly, if I get the steeda short ram for my car, is that gonna happen??? By the way, it's an 06 duratec auto. TY.


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Old 01-21-2007, 05:14 PM   #2
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Did you use the MAF tubing? You need to have the MAFS hooked up for the car to run correctly.
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Old 01-21-2007, 05:21 PM   #3
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Disconnect the negative battery cable for about 10 - 15 minutes and then it should go away.
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Old 01-21-2007, 05:23 PM   #4
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Did the filter fall off? I put my MAC Short ram on and took it to a local track a few weeks later. I made the mistake of not checking to make sure the filter was still tight. Of course on my first run she launches fine but around 5500 in first it stumbled a little bit, by then I was already shifting into second and it bogged, then stumbled real bad and then died. I managed to restart it about half way down the track and limp off to the pits. Pop the hood. Low and behold the filter is just sitting there next to the intake. I put it back on started it up and it ran beautifully. Went out to make my second pass and half way down the track my fuel pump decided enough was enough. That was a bad day at the track.
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If you were just putting a cone filter on the end, it should be done like this: http://www.ineedawebsite.com/Blazing...CAI/index.html

And you have a filter in that box. Its a sealed unit good for 100k miles. You can't replace the element; you have to goto Ford for replacement filtration systems.
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oh man, hopefully i have an airfilter in there, or do the duras not have air filters!?!?
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The duras have a "non serviceable" air filter....supposedly good for the life of the car...
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ok, but then how in the world does the air get in there to the filter if it's sealed??? And no, it didn't fall off. TY guys.
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Yeah you should allways disconect the bat when you mess w/the intake.
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ok, but then how in the world does the air get in there to the filter if it's sealed??? And no, it didn't fall off. TY guys.
There is a feed tube that draws fresh air from the top of the fender into the top of the unit.
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