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DoctorOH

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Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 8:05:04 AM

Does a dirty air cleaner reduce your gas mileage
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Hemond
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2014 4:24:57 PM

:::::Dirty air filters can cause all kinds of little sensors:::;


...can cause them to do what? You didn't finish the sentence.
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magpie2013
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2014 2:46:14 PM

Dirty air filters can cause all kinds of little sensors ,also if you have an air filter for the inside of your vehicle (my truck has one for inside of the crew cab.) can lead to smelly[ problems on the interior too. Best to change out with with oil changes.
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Hemond
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2014 11:50:03 AM

The car's computer together with the mass airflow sensor will measure the reduced amount of intake air and compensate.

You will get a drop in power as the full capacity of the engine is not available. YOu won't get poor idling, poor emissions, or any other noticeable difference.
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Vin63
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2014 10:38:55 AM

Yes, it can.
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PAA64
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2014 12:30:06 AM

yes
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 8:44:54 PM

A dirty air filter would have to restrict(hold back)air flow to a degree,not based on operational design tolerances.The ECM/EFI system will try to balance the drop in air flow as the filter falters,but that range of control gets compromized as the filter gets more plugged with dirt.

My guess is when the engine reaches near 70% throttle opening,performance is starting to suffer and even more for the last 30%...WOT,but who runs at highway speed at over 100 mph.

Old carb. operated engines simply went rich if those air filters got dirty over 30%,visible dirt could be blown away but the micro contamination,not seen cuts air flow causing a choked rich fuel wasting operation.The higher the rpms the more > richer use of fuel going in and out... as sooty...
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Houckster
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 8:21:45 PM

Unless the filter becomes badly clogged by something like a combination of oil and dusts (caused by drawing air from the PCV valve), the air filter should not decrease mileage. There's a reason why the filter media is bright white and it relates to making it easier to convince consumers to buy new air filters.
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dgsteven
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 3:42:09 AM

not sure
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JasTheAce
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 4:59:04 PM

yes indeed
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gvan
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 3:57:07 PM

Motor Week said the newer filters, when dirty, do not cause a decline in mpg. However, I could see a drop in mpg if you went 80,000 miles without a change or didn't ever change the filter.
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jrferrari
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 10:00:46 AM

I typically change my air filter every other oil change. I don't notice a measurable jump in mileage after the change, but it probably doesn't get very dirty in that amount of time.
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10261970
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 9:41:59 AM

Yes.
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Mikeoids
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Message Posted: Dec 27, 2012 7:58:26 PM

yes
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bearscharger
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Message Posted: Dec 27, 2012 4:23:42 PM

yes
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DanFMA
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 6:40:13 AM

Yes.
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jack4141
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 5:17:36 AM

Yes
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dgsteven
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 3:20:57 AM

yes, I guess
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PaylessKY
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 12:27:45 AM

A well maintained vehicle which includes keeping a clean air filter will make it preform more efficiently.
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Karisholman
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Message Posted: Dec 24, 2012 10:50:20 PM

It will help, It can't hurt
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xtremecheap
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Message Posted: Dec 24, 2012 9:16:58 PM

No on an EFI. The computer tunes is down. You will lose power.
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carinthuist
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Message Posted: Dec 24, 2012 8:19:36 PM

Yes
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CactusBobs
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Message Posted: Dec 24, 2012 11:26:34 AM

it would have to be caked with dirt in a gasoline engine to change MPG

But

in a diesel engine even a light coating can reduce performance and MPG

Every oil change , take it out , blow it out with air . if it looks to grubby or is falling apart , replace it

Don't be filling up the landfills with mostly clean air filters
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hornet17
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Message Posted: Dec 24, 2012 10:21:29 AM

yes it does.
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the1roadhog
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Message Posted: Dec 24, 2012 9:26:03 AM

Yes, engines need to breathe clean air
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the1roadhog
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 8:22:23 AM

It doesn't help.
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IAMCANADIAN73
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 6:37:42 AM

Yes
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outlaw329
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 1:10:22 AM

Yes it does
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Z12
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 9:26:57 PM

Don't know
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anthroMO
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 4:51:37 PM

yes
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Watagump
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 10:03:24 AM

no
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kxy4fw
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 9:48:00 AM

yes
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2011370Z
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Message Posted: Aug 12, 2012 11:47:10 AM

Yes
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Banjoe
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Message Posted: Aug 12, 2012 7:50:02 AM

Not as much as dirty gas.
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2012 5:15:51 PM

Really the air filter called the cabin filter can cause excess fuel to be consummed. If that filter gets clogged and it will,then the comfort air flow becomes compromised. That air whether heated or cooled gets restricted and much more blower speed is needed to push it forward out the vents.

The vehicles altenator sees this increased amperage as a heavier load(then more engine HP.is required to make up that load differience).Some vehicles have them some don't Ask your auto parts store.maybe DIY the replacement yourself. GL....
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2amy
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2012 3:07:58 PM

Yes.
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Aaron33409
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2012 12:15:48 PM

yes up to 5%
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nichols
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2012 10:37:39 AM

not until it gets really dirty
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kxy4fw
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2012 10:17:10 AM

yes
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Hemond
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2012 9:19:45 AM

QUOTE """I would worry more about getting your mass air flow sensor dirty if your engine air filter is getting too old."""


The MAF has an automatic clean cycle. Each time you shut down the cycle runs. Works similar to a self cleaning oven.
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IAMCANADIAN73
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2012 1:50:21 AM

Yes
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Commute2
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 11:15:34 PM

I believe it does
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rrtruck
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 9:06:34 PM

Definitely
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97PearlCat
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 3:04:12 PM

Yes
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 8:43:06 AM

Yes
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IAMCANADIAN73
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 8:10:41 AM

Yes
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Banjoe
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 7:52:48 AM

priznsara - yes, this is not correct. Shockjock1961 nailed it exactly right. A dirty filter provides better air filtration but a plugged filter is a very bad thing.

The problem here, like many places in life, is that you have to figure out when "dirty" becomes a bad thing. Takes a bit of knowledge, pressure drop meters, experience, mileage tracking, or just throw some money at it when you think it's time.

I wouldn't change my air filter every week just to make sure my filter is clean.

This topic sure has legs.
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bithehr
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 7:07:32 AM

yes
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grasshoppa2012
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 3:59:29 AM

I've got a k&n and clean it every other oil change (10,000 miles). Ive experienced better mpg with it good and clean... Just my experience.
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kxy4fw
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 9:21:43 AM

yes
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priznsara
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 1:52:49 PM

I have always heard a dirty filter does reduce gas mileage - is this not correct?
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