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Discussion in 'Dodge Journey' started by cjben, Mar 23, 2014.
Filter life varies so widely that I only go by a visual inspection and not by a mileage interval.
Then, wait until it's totally gunked up. I mean you can't see any light at all. You'd be close to the max life for that OEM MoPar filter !
What visual criteria do you use, IC?
I basically see how darkened the filter paper is. However, this can be misleading in areas with road salt dust or other lighter colored dusts. I also hold a shop light under the filter and I should be able to see light.
Tapping the filter against a bench top will also dislodge trapped debris. If it seems excessive, the filter gets replaced.
Ah, gotcha. Thanks. It's probably getting near time to check mine. All of them.
If you can't trust a guy with a mullet, who can you trust?
Mullets don't lie!
How's this relevant?
I change it every 5k miles.
It will vary with conditions. Some areas will be dusty and some not.
The filtering surface area of modern air filters is huge.
Don't forget the cabin air filter. It is usually out-of-sight, out-of-mind. If you have an interior mounted one (behind the glovebox, etc), lay newspaper down on the floor before pulling it out. I have had some 'dump' large amounts of debris as I've removed them from the HVAC housing.
Some more expensive CAFs are activated charcoal (gray in color) and HEPA-certified. Febreeze also markets a scented HEPA CAF.