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Old 03-17-2012, 08:38 AM   #1
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Air Filter removal question

What is the best way to break the bond/seal between the rubber boot and the outlet port on a farr ecolite filter? I know how I would do it on my daily driver, but that's probably not the safest method to ensure I don't damage the boot.
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I had thought that those filters were good for 100,000 miles? Isn't that true?
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No way to know how many miles - it all depends on how dusty & dirty the roads are. Might be only a few thousand, or might be 100k+. There is normally a "filter minder" that measures the air flow through the filter and you replace it when the flow gets above the "ok" threshold. Also they need to be repalced if they get ever wet (water ingestion) because the glues may disintegrate and get trash in the engine.

The engine and chassis manufacturers are now recommending that air filters be replaced every year or two just in case they are failing internally. The reasoning is that filters are a lot cheaper than major engine damage.
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My Spartan chassis PM specifies that the air filter, air dryer filter and hydraulic filter and fluid be changed every 3 years. I changed my Ecolite air filter at 3 years even though the filter minder was still in the green. Following the PM schedule is a lot cheaper than an engine overhaul, I want mine to last for a million miles.
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While you're changing the filter, verify that the filter minder and its vacuum hose is in good condition. I found my vacuum hose broken in a location where it was not easily visible.
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