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#3401125 - 06/19/14 12:21 AM Re: plastic fuel filter used as coolant filter [Re: 901Memphis]
901Memphis Offline


Registered: 08/14/10
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Okay put the wix filter on and drove it 10 miles, took pictures after 5 miles, its loading FAST!







Just installed








Just installed, right after starting engine






After only 5 miles of driving at about 45-50 mph, already showing a light brown coating









Another angle of 5 miles










After 10 miles really showing brown coating







Another angle after 10 miles, last picture of today, you can see the brown pretty well








Stay tuned for updates on how long its going to last and how dirty its going to get!
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#3401665 - 06/19/14 05:13 PM Re: plastic fuel filter used as coolant filter [Re: 901Memphis]
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Too hot for me again to bear the heat of driving the car to work so it might be a few days before i get an update, but worst case i am going to idle it a little to get the filter loaded faster.
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#3401689 - 06/19/14 05:48 PM Re: plastic fuel filter used as coolant filter [Re: 901Memphis]
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I wonder if something like this might hold up better.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-OEM-Arctic-C...1ad&vxp=mtr

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Northern-Z17701-...5e2&vxp=mtr

http://ganofilters.com/

There are also large diameter products out there for the upper radiator hose. They are larger mesh screens, though.
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#3401729 - 06/19/14 07:09 PM Re: plastic fuel filter used as coolant filter [Re: DBMaster]
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Those arctic cat filters look the most promising, but i wonder how easy they come apart.

I like the idea of the screen filters, but i think i need smaller micron size for my particlar contaimnation.

The glass one on ebay looks pretty sweet too but theres not a lot of information in the description. No mention to capacity or micron size or how easily its cleaned.
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#3402266 - 06/20/14 01:26 PM Re: plastic fuel filter used as coolant filter [Re: 901Memphis]
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I won't be able to drive it for a couple days so i idle'd it for about 40 minutes to see if that would catch a lot of stuff. The filter even at idle is starting to get a little wavy but loading up fast.

I think the heat of sitting and idling is worse than driving since i noticed the filter bulging more and the engine compartment gets pretty hot when idling rather than moving.

The media is getting noticeably browner too, might be time to pull it soon!

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#3402267 - 06/20/14 01:26 PM Re: plastic fuel filter used as coolant filter [Re: 901Memphis]
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#3403085 - 06/21/14 02:54 PM Re: plastic fuel filter used as coolant filter [Re: 901Memphis]
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The filter you are using is not designed to handle the temperature, or pressure, that is involved in the cooling system. Using it to remove contaminants and then tossing it is probably not going to cause any major issues, but I would not leave it on there for any significant length of time.

I personally don't think that coolant needs to be kept as clean as oil, but on this site that may be my opinion alone. I've never had a breakdown or overheating situation related to "dirty" coolant and I leave mine in there for the maximum length of time indicated by either the car manufacturer or the coolant manufacturer. I converted my 89 Accord from OEM type coolant to Dexcool in 1997, started going 100,000 miles between coolant changes, and had no problems. Changing the water pump is part of the timing belt service on that car and I never saw any gunk or buildup there or in the radiator.

There is such a thing as overkill.
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#3403410 - 06/21/14 10:35 PM Re: plastic fuel filter used as coolant filter [Re: 901Memphis]
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Yeah that's all i'm doing it removing contamination and tossing it. I feel the system is dirty enough to do this, since its not one of the pristine systems i hear about in BITOG land.

You can see all that it caught in 10 miles + 30 minutes of idling.
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#3403822 - 06/22/14 01:43 PM Re: plastic fuel filter used as coolant filter [Re: 901Memphis]
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I have heard good things about RMI-25 for cleaning up cooling systems. I am using it every 15,000 miles. My cooling system only needs a half cup maintenance dose and since I started when the car was new there is nothing to remove.

If you're willing to spend a bit of money there are inline mounting bases that accept spin-on coolant filters. Those can be left on as long as you like and changed on a scheduled basis.

Using RMI-25 and a coolant filter I don't think you'd ever have to change the coolant.
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#3456036 - 08/15/14 05:41 AM Re: plastic fuel filter used as coolant filter [Re: 901Memphis]
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I use these NAPA systems on all of my cars and trucks. That filter has more than enough capacity for garbage, and it just spins on and off. And yes, they do catch a lot of trash, even in a "clean" cooling system.
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#3457197 - 08/16/14 12:12 PM Re: plastic fuel filter used as coolant filter [Re: DoubleWasp]
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Originally Posted By: DoubleWasp
I use these NAPA systems on all of my cars and trucks. That filter has more than enough capacity for garbage, and it just spins on and off. And yes, they do catch a lot of trash, even in a "clean" cooling system.


Now that's an awesome setup! Got any more pics or info on how it plumbs into the cooling system?
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#3457214 - 08/16/14 12:45 PM Re: plastic fuel filter used as coolant filter [Re: DoubleWasp]
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Originally Posted By: DoubleWasp
I use these NAPA systems on all of my cars and trucks. That filter has more than enough capacity for garbage, and it just spins on and off. And yes, they do catch a lot of trash, even in a "clean" cooling system.


Love it!!! Very well done!
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#3478554 - 09/09/14 05:49 PM Re: plastic fuel filter used as coolant filter [Re: jeepman3071]
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Originally Posted By: jeepman3071
Originally Posted By: DoubleWasp
I use these NAPA systems on all of my cars and trucks. That filter has more than enough capacity for garbage, and it just spins on and off. And yes, they do catch a lot of trash, even in a "clean" cooling system.


Now that's an awesome setup! Got any more pics or info on how it plumbs into the cooling system?

Part# WIX-24019

You plumb it into either the heater core feed or heater core return line.
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#3479275 - 09/10/14 04:11 PM Re: plastic fuel filter used as coolant filter [Re: DoubleWasp]
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I had been looking at adding one of these setups to my F150. How often do you normally replace the filter?



Originally Posted By: DoubleWasp
I use these NAPA systems on all of my cars and trucks. That filter has more than enough capacity for garbage, and it just spins on and off. And yes, they do catch a lot of trash, even in a "clean" cooling system.
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#3496785 - 09/29/14 01:28 PM Re: plastic fuel filter used as coolant filter [Re: 901Memphis]
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I have done exactly the same thing before with the same plastic fuel filter on a coolant line.

I wouldn't advise it because although mine did not fail, it warped pretty badly.
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