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Car Gurus ... Air Filter Recommendations

Post by J295 » Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:00 pm

Please recommend brand of air filter and where to purchase. Going to replace cabin air filter and engine air filter in Lexus GX 460. Thanks.

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Post by Alexa9 » Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:09 pm

OEM is good and inexpensive. I found mine on Amazon, but some online auto parts stores may be lower.

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Post by dm200 » Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:12 pm

Alexa9 wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:09 pm
OEM is good and inexpensive. I found mine on Amazon, but some online auto parts stores may be lower.
For the engine air filter on my older Camry - just went to the local CARQUEST - told them the make/model - and they sold me one and even installed it for me - No Charge.. ;)

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Post by 28fe6 » Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:19 pm

oem or wix

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Post by J295 » Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:31 pm

Thanks.

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Post by tibbitts » Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:32 pm

J295 wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:00 pm
Please recommend brand of air filter and where to purchase. Going to replace cabin air filter and engine air filter in Lexus GX 460. Thanks.
Unless that's a beater Lexus, I'm guessing it's worth enough that you don't need to save a few dollars on an air filter, and could just buy OEM. I just replaced those two filters on my car and bought two different brands because that seemed to be the best deal - but the value of my car isn't that much more than the price of the filters. One of them was some off brand I'd never heard of and the box was marked wrong; the other was Fram.

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Post by tommy85 » Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:32 pm

Bought OEM for my ES and IS from densoproducts.com , cheaper than Amazon or other auto stores even counting shipping cost.

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Post by jabberwockOG » Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:49 pm

Higher end FRAM, WIX, Bosch filters engine and cabin filter can be ordered online at a discount from Amazon and are identical or better than OEM. Stay away from really low end super inexpensive air filters (also avoid any K&N "oiled" filters) on any car.

https://www.amazon.com/CA10996-Extra-Gu ... air+filter

Cabin air filters are a much more generic less critical item so order something like this that gets decent reviews at a good mid level price.


https://www.amazon.com/Kootek-Replaceme ... air+filter

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Post by bowtieman81 » Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:15 pm

Former mechanic turned engineer; I agree with the above. For our 2 cars I run OEM filters for everything. I normally buy them from Amazon and have not had an issue. Had a couple aftermarket filters that did not fit properly, so I went back to OEM. Saving $5 isn't worth it if the darn cabin filter is too thick to go in the space.

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Post by Doom&Gloom » Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:41 pm

jabberwockOG wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:49 pm
Higher end FRAM, WIX, Bosch filters engine and cabin filter can be ordered online at a discount from Amazon and are identical or better than OEM. Stay away from really low end super inexpensive air filters (also avoid any K&N "oiled" filters) on any car.

https://www.amazon.com/CA10996-Extra-Gu ... air+filter

Cabin air filters are a much more generic less critical item so order something like this that gets decent reviews at a good mid level price.


https://www.amazon.com/Kootek-Replaceme ... air+filter
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Post by GW208 » Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:03 pm

I've had really good luck with parts from RockAuto.

https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/lex ... ilter,6192

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Post by Nissanzx1 » Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:07 pm

I've been doing my own vehicle maintenance for about 20 years. My daily driver has 266K miles. I order my air and cabin filters on ebay. Cheapest USA seller is what I buy. Just did this in 2 of our cars last week it was about $20 for all 4 filters.

Most of these parts are made in Asia and I don't see massive swings in quality. Now, oil filters I'm more picky on.

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Post by dknightd » Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:16 pm

I buy factory recommended ones. The savings comes from putting it in yourself. I refuse to spend $100/ hour when I could do it myself for less than half that.
Edit - I might be underpaid ;)

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Post by whodidntante » Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:28 pm

I buy Motorcraft filters from rockauto.com, about two years supply at a time.

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Post by criticalmass » Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:03 pm

Wix or Purolator. These are likely the actual OEM anyway, are good quality and are available at reasonable cost.

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Post by turnturnturn » Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:00 pm

Wix from a locally owned parts store, which I try to patronize whenever possible. Their advice is invaluable at times.

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Post by t3xn » Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:09 pm

wix filters from amazon.com or go to retailmenot.com and get the latest Advance Auto coupon code {usually 25% off) and order a Purolator for in-store pickup.

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Post by Teague » Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:17 am

OEM. Some OEM brands are available at Walmart at a very good price.

Few things will kill a motor quicker than breathing dirty air.

OEM filters will fit correctly, avoiding gaps that can cause dirty air to bypass the filter.

OEM filters are generally built better. Compare side-by-side with aftermarket. Though some premium aftermarket filters will come close.

OEM filters will load in a linear fashion. As dirt accumulates, the resistance to flow will increase gradually and predictably. Some aftermarket filters, especially "high performance" filters marketed to increase horsepower, may have a slightly lower resistance when new. But as dirt accumulates, there is a point where (edit:) resistance to air flow will suddenly and dramatically increase. Basically resistance to air flow plotted against dirt loading suddenly transitions from linear to exponential, and it doesn't take a lot of dirt to reach that point.

Just my opinion.
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Post by alfaspider » Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:39 pm

Doesn't really matter much as long as it's not an uber cheapo. They have a simple function.

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Post by TnGuy » Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:34 pm

+1 WIX. They are very good quality and I have used them for years.


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Post by RobLyons » Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:36 pm

Just bought the highest rated, cheap filters on amazon. The brand is "epauto" and they fit perfect. Saved $75 vs dealership. Simple function.
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Post by lazydavid » Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:02 am

OE filters are $17, just use them.

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Post by Keim » Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:43 pm

I've been satisfied with my permanent K & N cloth filters. Just take them out to clean and oil a couple times a year. They paid for themselves in a little over a year, IIRC.

On my 1976 Monte and 93 F150 they resulted in better power and MPGs. On newer cars that was not noticed.

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Post by unclescrooge » Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:09 pm

My wife went in for an oil change on her 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe with 72k miles and was recommended (among other things) cabin and engine air filter replacements to the tune of $132. :shock:

Thanks to this post I googled a couple of videos and for $19.80 in parts I was able to replace both parts in 5 minutes. :beer

The dealership also recommended brake oil flush ($169) and coolant flush ($199). Are these things easy to do? Or are they better left to a mechanic?
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Post by Monk53 » Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:22 pm

I let somebody else do my brake and coolant change. it's easier to let somebody else dispose of the old fluids. You need to look in your maintenance section to see what the recommendations are for brake and coolant fluid changes. I usually follow manufacturers recommendations and I don't know your mileage or year.

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Post by Doom&Gloom » Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:33 pm

Monk53 wrote:
Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:22 pm
I let somebody else do my brake and coolant change. it's easier to let somebody else dispose of the old fluids. You need to look in your maintenance section to see what the recommendations are for brake and coolant fluid changes. I usually follow manufacturers recommendations and I don't know your mileage or year.
+1

To emphasize: the manufacturer's recommendations; not the dealer's recommendations. Sometimes the two can be miles apart.

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Post by mariezzz » Wed Oct 24, 2018 12:41 am

unclescrooge wrote:
Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:09 pm
The dealership also recommended brake oil flush ($169) and coolant flush ($199). Are these things easy to do? Or are they better left to a mechanic?
You might find this informative: https://www.cottman.com/blog/can-you-fl ... ng-system/
https://www.cars.com/articles/how-often ... 680853669/

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Post by lazydavid » Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:48 am

unclescrooge wrote:
Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:09 pm
The dealership also recommended brake oil flush ($169) and coolant flush ($199). Are these things easy to do? Or are they better left to a mechanic?
Brake oil replacement (which due to the linear nature of the hydraulic system is a flush by definition) is quite easy, but can take some time. You need a jack, jack stand, and lug wrench to remove one wheel at a time, a small open-end wrench to loosen the bleeder screw, and a catch bottle for the old fluid. A cheap turkey baster is helpful for removing as much of the old fluid from the reservoir as possible, and something like a Power Bleeder (this particular model includes the Hyundai-compatible adapter) makes it a simple, one-man job.

Brake fluid should be changed every 2 years regardless of mileage, so in my opinion it's worth the up-front investment for the tool. I've been using mine for about 15 years on 3 cars at a time, and aside from needing to replace some the original hoses after they cracked from age, had no issues. If it's only being done one time ever, then pay an indy to do it.

Coolant replacement can easily be done with basic hand tools, and a flush is usually not necessary. Generally speaking you just need a large catch basin and a screwdriver or wrench to open the drain and bleed screws. Pre-mixed coolant is available to save you the trouble of mixing yourself, though it costs about 50% more overall--costs 3/4 as much per bottle, but each bottle is half coolant and half water.

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Post by Frisco Kid » Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:26 am

Former technician here +1 for OEM

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Post by MathIsMyWayr » Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:58 am

Frisco Kid wrote:
Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:26 am
Former technician here +1 for OEM
+1. It is safer to go with OEM parts.
I have had bad experience with non-OEM parts:
1. Front disk brake pads were a little too large for my Subaru. I forced them in and they caused wrapped rotors due to heat.
2. I had a clutch replaced and the mechanic used an after-market clutch cable. Over time, it took a great pressure to press the clutch pedal. Some times it was very difficult to change gear and I literally had to stand on the pedal. I remember some brackets which held the pedal broke. He replaced the cable. After a lot of related problems, he found out that the after-market clutch cable got frayed over time. Finally he put an OEM clutch cable in and all the problems disappeared.
Lesson: don't try to save on parts. If DIY, you save on labor, not on parts. Now, when DIY, I ask for the best parts.

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