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Old 10-06-2016, 04:21 PM   #1
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Tranny filters came loose in a box

I bought 3 CAT filters from eBay and received the package today.
To my surprise they were all loose packed inside one USPS box with some paper as filler.
Honestly I expected each filter to be shrink wrapped.
Should I worry about using them?
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I don't think so. What filters are they?
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it is a Caterpillar filter for my Allison transmission.
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Old 10-06-2016, 08:06 PM   #4
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A transmission in operation is a big hot heavy metal case full of equally hot fluid and surrounded by the even hotter exhaust and engine. Oh, and it's vented.

When it cools back down it 'inhales' any dust in the air around it. If it cools down because of rain being thrown back up off the dirty road as wheel spray, it inhales that too.

Anything that filter picked up in shipping will pale in comparison to what it will see in service.
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Discounters buy in bulk (like a truck fleet would) to get low pricing, so seldom include "retail packaging". I get my oil filters that way too.
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Old 10-09-2016, 12:25 AM   #6
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Thank you gentlemen.
I feel better now.
I was thinking about it a bit. I know there was a discussion about fuel filters and being very careful with them.
However fuel filters feed fuel into injectors which are quite sensitive.
The engine and transmission filters deal with liquid that is constantly recycling within the machine.
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I'm sorry... but the auto-transmissions in most vehicles are sealed with a filtered vent... and the tolerances inside the valve body and clutches are measured in thousands of an inch... most typical filters are 2 micron filters... that's .002" in diameter... much finer than the road dirt that mentioned above...

I'd never install a 2 micron filter that has been open to the dust in a shop, or the dust from packaging during transit in a transmission that's worth a heck of a lot of money... Most e-bay transactions have a money back guarantee... I'd ask to return and get a refund....

That's how I see it...
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I'm sorry... but the auto-transmissions in most vehicles are sealed with a filtered vent...

Really?

There's no 'seal' or 'filter' on the dipstick tube of my transmission and the 'filter' in the vent cap looks like a plastic pot-scrubber.
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