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Old 05-21-2014, 05:24 AM   #1
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The other day I had my VUE in for an oil change and the dealer recommended changing the air filter. How can one tell if the filter needs changing?

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Old 05-21-2014, 09:26 AM   #2
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Remove it and hold it up to the sunlight. If you can't easily see through the pleats, replace it. Or - replace it if it is obviously very dirty.

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Old 05-22-2014, 09:35 AM   #3
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Depending on where you live, particularly dusty areas the paper filter should be changed every 15,000 miles. They can go 20k but that's a push. You can always swap out a paper filter for another one. I recommend a K&N, it's washable and reusable. I bout mine at 10,000 miles and have over 105k on my VUE now. I've kept the same filter. Every other oil change I pop it out blow it out with compressed air and re-oil it. If it's really dirty, I'll rinse it out dry and re-oil.


It does cost a bit more, about $40 compared to $16, but I've saved all that money back. A re-oiling kit costs about $10 and I've only ever purchased one kit.

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Old 05-22-2014, 10:35 AM   #4
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Modern air filters can go a very long time without needing a change if you drive in a relatively clean environment. If you drive off road or in dust storms than it may vary but under normal conditions they can go a long time. I typically have no need to change them for 50k miles or so. YMMV. Don't fall for the reusable products about all they can do is keep large debris out. A standard paper filter is your best value and in the life of the car (given normal conditions) you may only need 3 or 4 changes. Example: My SL2 has over 75k on it's filter. It still passes light and has no real "deposits" on it.
A modern paper filter has so much material in it it can go a long time. Oil change places will tell you it needs a new one of you replaced it the day before. Most people don't know different and it's a REALLY high profit item. Kinda like all the protection BS they sell you in the front office when you buy a new car. Its mostly all BS

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Old 05-22-2014, 12:13 PM   #5
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Modern air filters can go a very long time without needing a change if you drive in a relatively clean environment. If you drive off road or in dust storms than it may vary but under normal conditions they can go a long time. I typically have no need to change them for 50k miles or so. YMMV. Don't fall for the reusable products about all they can do is keep large debris out. A standard paper filter is your best value and in the life of the car (given normal conditions) you may only need 3 or 4 changes. Example: My SL2 has over 75k on it's filter. It still passes light and has no real "deposits" on it.
A modern paper filter has so much material in it it can go a long time. Oil change places will tell you it needs a new one of you replaced it the day before. Most people don't know different and it's a REALLY high profit item. Kinda like all the protection BS they sell you in the front office when you buy a new car. Its mostly all BS
+1 good post

The 15k / 1 year was overuse just as a 3k / 3mo oil change is.

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Old 05-25-2014, 02:18 PM   #6
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Modern air filters can go a very long time without needing a change if you drive in a relatively clean environment. If you drive off road or in dust storms than it may vary but under normal conditions they can go a long time. I typically have no need to change them for 50k miles or so. YMMV. Don't fall for the reusable products about all they can do is keep large debris out. A standard paper filter is your best value and in the life of the car (given normal conditions) you may only need 3 or 4 changes. Example: My SL2 has over 75k on it's filter. It still passes light and has no real "deposits" on it.
A modern paper filter has so much material in it it can go a long time. Oil change places will tell you it needs a new one of you replaced it the day before. Most people don't know different and it's a REALLY high profit item. Kinda like all the protection BS they sell you in the front office when you buy a new car. Its mostly all BS
Thanks! I don't understand why the dealership has never advised me of this item before. Where is the air filter located please?

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Old 05-25-2014, 03:27 PM   #7
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The other day I had my VUE in for an oil change and the dealer recommended changing the air filter. How can one tell if the filter needs changing?
Take the filter out and look through it to the sun. If you can't see it and it just black, change it. If the filter lets the light through, keep on using it. In city driving, I'd change the filter every 3-4 years. If you area is city-dusty maybe 2. You can pick one up on ebay for $5 to $10 for stock replacement, about 5 minute job at home.
watch this video starting at about 25 seconds, car is different but filter is filter.

this is a different saturn car but same engine, watch on how to.

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