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Old 04-29-2005, 07:21 PM   #1
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Has anyone removed or replaced the air cleaner yet on their late model Journey/Meridian? I have a 2004 Meridian DP and just from looking it appears you would have to remove the muffler first since the air cleaner is mounted just above it and no room on either side for the air cleaner to come down. A FL technician mentioned to me the other day that since the air cleaner is mounted so far to the rear it picks up all the dust and dirt stirred up by the rear wheels and by holding an air hose several inches from the front of the air cleaner (after it has been removed) and blowing back through the cleaner, a lot of dirt can be blown back out and extend the life of the air cleaner somewhat. But if it takes removing other stuff to get it down, you might just as well replace it with a new one. This was just his suggestion since they are so expensive.
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Has anyone removed or replaced the air cleaner yet on their late model Journey/Meridian? I have a 2004 Meridian DP and just from looking it appears you would have to remove the muffler first since the air cleaner is mounted just above it and no room on either side for the air cleaner to come down. A FL technician mentioned to me the other day that since the air cleaner is mounted so far to the rear it picks up all the dust and dirt stirred up by the rear wheels and by holding an air hose several inches from the front of the air cleaner (after it has been removed) and blowing back through the cleaner, a lot of dirt can be blown back out and extend the life of the air cleaner somewhat. But if it takes removing other stuff to get it down, you might just as well replace it with a new one. This was just his suggestion since they are so expensive.
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Old 04-30-2005, 03:07 AM   #3
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I wouldn't let my motorhome anywhere near that FL technician. Unless you're missing some connecting pieces, the actual air intake is almost 12 feet above the road on the left rear side. I checked my 36g the other day and it looks like there's just enough room to slide the filter down alongside the tailpipe.

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Old 04-30-2005, 04:47 AM   #4
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I recently had to replace my air cleaner on an 02 Journey 39QD while traveling in Va. I was told by the Freightliner repair shop that it was neccessary to drop part of the exhaust to get the air cleaner down=3 hours later it was done @ $90.00 an hr. I have spoken to others on this web site who have said that it can be done in a 1/2 hour without dropping the exhaust. I wonder if there are 2 different configurations underneath the coach for the Journey & Meridian. I have also called Freightliner in Gaffney Sc. and was told that in some coaches it is necessary to drop the exhaust.
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Thanks for the information. I'll take a closer look at my Meridian and see how much clearance I do have. I can do a lot of the maintenance items myself, but I don't think I could remove any of the exhaust the way that stuff rusts on so tight unless you have a torch of some kind.
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Hope you get this message. Thanks for the add'l information. I tried to respond to your message but I just got switched back to the forum, and I'm about as new to these computers as I am to diesel engines, which means I'm lost most of the time. If this thing doesn't respond cut & dried I just don't know what to do next. You can't teach an OLD dog new tricks. Thanks again.
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