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Looking at the sun.( air filter test) #5465898 06/29/20 07:49 PM
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I installed this fram air filter on 9-14-19. Roughly 8 months later it is this plugged! I do not know the exact milage but around 7k. The sun was directly behind the filter. Unable to pass light.

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Seems like a meaningless test without comparison to a new filter.

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Re: Looking at the sun.( air filter test) [Re: Chris142] #5465920 06/29/20 08:22 PM
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Seems more like a matter of media type and pleat density. Then again, if I took a filter out with 7K on it, I'd go ahead and put a new one in.

Re: Looking at the sun.( air filter test) [Re: Chris142] #5465923 06/29/20 08:23 PM
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Can you ever see the horizon in such a dusty area?


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Re: Looking at the sun.( air filter test) [Re: CR94] #5465924 06/29/20 08:25 PM
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Originally Posted by CR94
Can you ever see the horizon in such a dusty area?

Usually


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Re: Looking at the sun.( air filter test) [Re: Chris142] #5465925 06/29/20 08:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Chris142
I installed this fram air filter on 9-14-19. Roughly 8 months later it is this plugged! I do not know the exact milage but around 7k. The sun was directly behind the filter. Unable to pass light.

If you look at the 8th full pleat from the right, you see an area, that appears to have 4 pin holes in it. Is that a damaged filter?

the sunlight test is for K&N cotton gauze filters, showing how well it can let dirt through


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Re: Looking at the sun.( air filter test) [Re: UG_Passat] #5465950 06/29/20 09:24 PM
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Originally Posted by UG_Passat
Originally Posted by Chris142
I installed this fram air filter on 9-14-19. Roughly 8 months later it is this plugged! I do not know the exact milage but around 7k. The sun was directly behind the filter. Unable to pass light.

If you look at the 8th full pleat from the right, you see an area, that appears to have 4 pin holes in it. Is that a damaged filter?


Looks like something went through it.


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Re: Looking at the sun.( air filter test) [Re: Chris142] #5465958 06/29/20 09:30 PM
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Did the car run different before and after changing it. I've seen filters look really bad but negligible performance or gas mileage difference.

Next time put a K&N in there. The never plug and last for years. most likely longer than your engine will :P

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Don’t use K and N until you do some research.


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Re: Looking at the sun.( air filter test) [Re: danez_yoda] #5465966 06/29/20 09:39 PM
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Originally Posted by danez_yoda
Did the car run different before and after changing it. I've seen filters look really bad but negligible performance or gas mileage difference.

Next time put a K&N in there. The never plug and last for years. most likely longer than your engine will :P




I have not driven it tonight but last time it made a huge difference


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Re: Looking at the sun.( air filter test) [Re: Chris142] #5465977 06/29/20 10:00 PM
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If it's really dirty only after 7k miles, isn't that good? Means collecting lots of dirt.


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Well you do live on the area where Thunderdome was filmed LOL

Seriously in your area and others like it in the southwest US... Far, far, far more dust in the air there versus the Eastern US.


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Djd you drive thru the Saharan dust storm? LOL

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Re: Looking at the sun.( air filter test) [Re: rob1715] #5466000 06/29/20 11:34 PM
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Originally Posted by rob1715
If it's really dirty only after 7k miles, isn't that good? Means collecting lots of dirt.

Ya but replacing a filter 2x a year crzy


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