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I’m wondering, since air filters are so expensive, I notice my air filter minder 1/2 in the yellow. Filter is a purolator. I thought I’d take a peak at the filter. It’s been only 17,000 miles. 10,000 is prob towing. It’s been in there 2 years and 3 months. The filter looked pretty dirty and a bunch of crap was in the box and stuck to the outside filter media. I think I should change it and will go back to a ford one. The first one from factor was in there for 45,000 miles and 10 years!!!! I just changed the original at 45,000 miles because it was in there so long. It even didn’t look bad at all. Just wondering what you guys think.
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Air filters can be a hot topic for some as they feel they know better than everyone else. Generally speaking I advise replacing it as your described it. Some like to try and clean it. I remember caterpillar telling me once that I can use no more than 30 psi for filter maintenance on some of the earth moving equipment mostly Donaldson type filters though. Plus they got dirty much, much faster than personal trucks etc.

Personally, if the filter is yellow you could gently tap the bottom and vacuums out the air box, reset the filter mind and see how it goes, then if it goes right back to yellow replace, if it stays green for a while check it in a few months. That's just my thoughts and usual process. I have a couple of personal gas vehicles that get a new filter every 15-20k miles just because they are very cheap and at 230k plus miles haven't had any damage. My diesels I do take a little more care though.

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6.4 trucks pull alot of air compared to others with the compound turbos. I would personally get an aftermarket CAI for any 6.4.
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I decided to put a new Ford air filter in because I found them on Amazon OEM type for only $38 plus tax. I can’t believe how cheap it was compared to everywhere else. The one I had in there was a Purolator and I can’t believe how much crap was in it for only 17,000 miles. I banged it on my workbench and a ton of dirt came out of it so I guess it was doing its job but still I’m glad I changed it and I feel more comfortable with the Ford one the Purolator had turned a funny color to like it of gotten wet and dried out and from what I understand the Ford one is made waterproof.
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The factory filter setup is gonna catch a lot more dirt(that will damage your engine) than any aftermarket filter setup
plus intake cleaner air in the first place, so longer filter life between service

CAI setups are not a long service air solution, if you are interested in keeping the truck

I have had days when the air filters on my tractors needed cleaning each morning -- they are a dual setup, so if the inner gets dirty -- time to replace them both
even the centrifugal pre-cleaners will get clogged in a few days

I see some similarities on the truck factory air system, with air stream occlusion(to pick up the 'cleaner' air)
that with aftermarket setups are totally defeated -- sucking dirtier air

Moisture in the air filter is a problem, makes the dirt 'stick' easier and weakens the filter media
driving in rain is a cause, but unavoidable

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I tried the NAPA top of the line, best one they sell, over 100 bucks, and it kept setting the clean air filter message on the instrument panel. I would reset the plunger button on the air cleaner and the damn message would be back on in a week or two. I went back to OEM motorcraft and have been much happier. I tried NAPA fuel filters and oil filters and would not recommend or use them myself anymore. I will only use OEM motorcraft filters, I purchase a few at a time from rock auto for a much better price than the stealerships.
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