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washing stock air filter

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by takaya49, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. Mar 3, 2011 at 10:13 PM
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    takaya49

    takaya49 [OP] Pacific Rim Mushrooms

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    i have an 06 and the stock air filter seems pretty strong compared to some flimsy paper ones at walmart... why couldnt one wash it a few times ??
    has anyone tried?
     
  2. Mar 3, 2011 at 10:18 PM
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    TmecTaco79

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    I don't think it would be a good idea because it's not meant to be washed and although it is thicker than most it's still paper. Paper and water don't mix to well.
     
  3. Mar 3, 2011 at 10:39 PM
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    takaya49

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    It feels like fabric, I washed it and there was nothing that disintegrated...
    Material Feels just as strong after wash
     
  4. Mar 3, 2011 at 10:58 PM
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    Lol well I'm sure it wasn't meant to be reused. But if it works then go for it. I'm just saying I wouldn't do it:)
     
  5. Mar 3, 2011 at 10:59 PM
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    brettb

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    Use soda or whatever its supposed to break up all the gunk way easy
     
  6. Mar 3, 2011 at 11:09 PM
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    landphil

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    1GRFE Air Filter - $30
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    Replacing a dusted $8000 engine because of washing the air filter - priceless!:eek:

    Simple logic really.
     
  7. Mar 3, 2011 at 11:13 PM
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    Don't do stupid things like that. If you try washing it, you will only have to buy a new one anyways.
     
  8. Mar 3, 2011 at 11:42 PM
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    I would advise against it, even if it looks ok on a visual inspection... it probably won't protect against the very very small particles that could damage your engine anymore since it isn't meant to be washed.
     
  9. Mar 4, 2011 at 12:39 AM
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    lol so true..please dont wash the filter...buy a washable one for $55 tops and you can wash that i hear hahaha
     
  10. Mar 4, 2011 at 12:43 AM
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    The only problem with a washable filter is that they don't filter as well as factory "paper" filters. They are fine if you don't see dirt roads though.
     
  11. Mar 4, 2011 at 5:21 AM
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    As someone said above, please don't try to skim on a $30 item. Not worth it really.
     
  12. Mar 4, 2011 at 11:51 AM
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    Janster

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    Don't do it....

    You've already invested $25k+ in a nice truck.....spend the few extra dollars and buy a new filter.

    Cabin air filters can be cleaned...twice...before they fall apart. :D
     
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