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#2081677 - 11/19/10 03:47 PM Shelf life to an engine air filter?
Clean_Engine Offline


Registered: 11/13/10
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I bought two engine air filters online. Because there was a shipping fee and the fee didn't change whether I purchased one or two, I decided to buy two, so I can use one and have the other in stock.

But I'm worried about the condition it'll be in after a few years. Plus, I'm a low miler, so I think I won't need the extra air filter for quite a long time. But will it perform the same years later? Does it have a shelf life?

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#2081678 - 11/19/10 03:49 PM Re: Shelf life to an engine air filter? [Re: Clean_Engine]
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Registered: 05/25/09
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Loc: fremont nebraska
it may discolor after SEVERAL years but even then, it should still be fine
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#2081701 - 11/19/10 04:07 PM Re: Shelf life to an engine air filter? [Re: Clean_Engine]
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Registered: 04/17/06
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Just store the unused air filter in a sealed bag in an area that have low humidity and no direct light. It will lasted 6-7 years or more.

I did the same as you, I bought 2 air filters for LS400 about 7-8 years ago, I did not used the second air filter until 2-3 years ago and it is still very good now in the car.


Edited by HTSS_TR (11/19/10 04:10 PM)
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#2081722 - 11/19/10 04:30 PM Re: Shelf life to an engine air filter? [Re: Clean_Engine]
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Ah, I see. Yeah, papers discolor when it's old. It's sort of hard to find a sealed bag large as the air filter. The best kind I guess would be an oversized Ziploc bag, which I do not think exist in this size. I guess I'm gonna wrap it up with a food wrapper and store it in a dark place. Thanks.

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#2081825 - 11/19/10 07:18 PM Re: Shelf life to an engine air filter? [Re: Clean_Engine]
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#2081833 - 11/19/10 07:44 PM Re: Shelf life to an engine air filter? [Re: Clean_Engine]
Clean_Engine Offline


Registered: 11/13/10
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Food wrap and then the trash bag. There are bugs that eat through paper. They can be easily found by flipping through an old paper/book. Maybe I should use aluminum foil over the wrap to prevent the bugs.

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#2081848 - 11/19/10 08:00 PM Re: Shelf life to an engine air filter? [Re: Clean_Engine]
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Many years. Shortly after buying the Dakota, I bought 3 new Fram air filters, still have 2 sitting on the carport closet shelf. A couple of months ago, I bought some NAPA Gold filters for $2/each-a case of 12 oil filters(1085), and 6 air filters. For my current driving habits, I'm fixed for air filters for at least 8 years to come! grin I probably should seal 'em up in a trash bag though.
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#2082130 - 11/20/10 08:10 AM Re: Shelf life to an engine air filter? [Re: Clean_Engine]
Clean_Engine Offline


Registered: 11/13/10
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You may even sell the car even before using them all!

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#2082131 - 11/20/10 08:17 AM Re: Shelf life to an engine air filter? [Re: Clean_Engine]
ahoier Offline


Registered: 02/03/10
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Loc: Cocoa, FL
yea really....depending on how you drive, the air filter probably only needs to be changed once a year or every 12k......but it depends how the car is running, and where you're driving. If you are off-roading, or driving in dusty areas, could be sooner obviously than city driving smile

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#2083054 - 11/21/10 10:04 AM Re: Shelf life to an engine air filter? [Re: Clean_Engine]
iluvhonda Offline


Registered: 05/24/10
Posts: 331
Loc: Freehold, nj
use them even sooner than the recommend intervals. its a bad habit to sit on car parts for years.


Edited by iluvhonda (11/21/10 10:04 AM)
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#2089206 - 11/28/10 09:49 AM Re: Shelf life to an engine air filter? [Re: Clean_Engine]
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Loc: Orlando, FL
10 years if kept in a cool dry place
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#2089859 - 11/28/10 11:29 PM Re: Shelf life to an engine air filter? [Re: Mr Nice]
HTSS_TR Offline


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Originally Posted By: LT4 Vette
10 years if kept in a cool dry place

Cool and dry place in Florida ? crackmeup
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#2098862 - 12/07/10 08:42 PM Re: Shelf life to an engine air filter? [Re: HTSS_TR]
AITG Offline


Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 352
Loc: USA
I was told by a Fleetguard rep a number of years ago that eventually the adhesive holding the paper in place will start to deteriorate. He recommended that I limit filter life to 7 years max in service.

Watching the filter minder on two of my GM trucks, I will hit that time interval before I need to worry about restriction.

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#2105342 - 12/14/10 02:01 AM Re: Shelf life to an engine air filter? [Re: Clean_Engine]
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Registered: 11/13/10
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That sort of makes sense.

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