How often do you blow out your paper filter? How often does your mechanic blow out your paper filter? Did you know that will void the warranty with most manufacturers of paper air filters? When an air filter is blown out with compressed air it makes the media weaker and can allow more contaminants, like fine dust and soot through the media.
Fleet Air Filters are not to be blown out, just like the paper filters. Fleet Air is the only filter on the market that you can take apart and get entirely clean. The lifetime Fleet Air Filter is washable with dish soap and water, and has no mileage restrictions and can have unlimited washes. The foam that Fleet Air uses allows for 30% better air flow while filtering out contaminants, the Klotz Foam Filter Oil that we use helps secure the finer particles and keeps them in the filter instead of passing through to your engine. Fleet Air can decrease your maintenance expense, increase your fuel mileage, and improve the performance of your truck.
Last week, we had the pleasure of working with Gregory Vinson. I have spoke with Gregory on several occasions over the years about a filter for his truck. Gregory has a 2004 Freightliner M2 with a Mercedes Benz engine. David and myself spoke with Gregory the first of August about making a custom air intake for his truck, it was scheduled for September 22. When Gregory showed up last Monday he was noticeably excited about what would be taking place and seeing the process we take. Over the years we have collected several different housings and that is where we started. We tried fitting with a Columbia/Century, T600/FLD120, and T660 housings. All of them were too large, or wouldn't allow clearance for the hood. The answer was in the newest Fleet Air Filter for the Freightliner Cascadia. The filter was mounted to the firewall and the existing bracings in the engine bay. We had to cut a new opening in the hood for the housing to draw in air, and filled the factory hole, so we would get the air to the right area. There was new 6" pipe welded(upgraded from 5") and machined for the outlet to the turbo. Once everything was installed, and we made sure that clearance, and function was achieved, we had to do the road test. Using the Kevin Rutherford Scan Gauge, Gregory could already tell a difference in the fuel used at idle, and the cooler temperature his engine was running. Gregory went out testing his new intake system. He hit I-10 and could immediately tell a difference in power and throttle response. It would be hard to tell about fuel mileage at this time because 30 minutes on the road isn't near enough time needed to tell that. We will be in touch with Gregory in the coming weeks and months to see how things are, we will keep everyone up to date with this project.