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Old 07-14-2010, 07:43 PM
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Unhappy Air filter nightmare. Help

Bah, crap day today working on the PS. I could use some help. Basically I've destroyed a new Donaldson filter and my filter housing. The old aftermarket filter came out with difficulty, but getting the new one in proved impossible and I ended up cracking the housing. The filter was being installed the right way, and I even used some lubrication to help. I couldn't get it the last inch, and by that time the element was already starting to look ratty from all the handling.

Is it normal for these to be so difficult to install? I'm sure I did some part of the process wrong. Are there any tips and tricks to getting the filter element swapped out? The Donaldson looks to be an exceptional quality filter. This has been an expensive day.

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Old 07-14-2010, 07:45 PM
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if your doing the 6637 filter on a 6.0 idk if that will work. Can you upload some pics of it?
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Old 07-14-2010, 07:59 PM
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I don't know what a 6637 filter is, my part number is FA1778, big blue Motorcraft by Donaldson.

Sorry no pics, everything's in the garbage now.
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Old 07-14-2010, 11:08 PM
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Anyone?

New element and housing coming tomorrow. I'm trying not to think of how much it cost.
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Old 07-14-2010, 11:11 PM
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Are you trying to put a new filter in the factory intake or a different filter in an aftermarket CAI?
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Old 07-14-2010, 11:26 PM
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If you replaced the stock filter in the stock housing, yes it is a HUGE pain to do it. It takes a bit of finesse and a small amount of cussing to get it in the correctly. I just did mine a couple of months ago, I even managed to bust the handle on my oil dipstick.
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Old 07-14-2010, 11:32 PM
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If you replaced the stock filter in the stock housing, yes it is a HUGE pain to do it. It takes a bit of finesse and a small amount of cussing to get it in the correctly. I just did mine a couple of months ago, I even managed to bust the handle on my oil dipstick.
I never had an issue, but I had another set of hands spreading the outer halves...
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Old 07-14-2010, 11:34 PM
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It probably took me a good half an hour to get the bloody thing in.
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Old 07-14-2010, 11:35 PM
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He is trying to put a Stock filter in the Stock intake bud.

To answer your question......... YES they are a beatch to change. I have never been so frustrated in all my life the first (and last) time I changed mine. I swore that I would buy a Volant or S&B before the next time.

Just take your time and I promise it will go back together.
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Old 07-14-2010, 11:38 PM
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I told my dad that it took me more than an hour to change the air filter in my truck, he laughed and told me "you're not much of a mechanic then". I bet him $500, that he couldn't take out and replace the air filter in one of our work trucks in less than an hour. I won $500, and he never even got the filter out
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