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Ok, I been looking all over my 2014 Ram Trucks user guide and have seen nothing about engine air filter maintenance. When is it suppose to be changed? Time, and millage? I am planning on doing all the maint myself so I have been looking over the maintenance chart on my 2014 owners manual and see nothing on engine air filter. Am I missing it? Now I'm worried that if I follow the maintenance chart I will miss something.:doh: Except for some of the emission maintenance and transmission flushing it looks like I can do all this in my shop.:party018:
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I always go by what the filter looks like.... but my truck sees a lot of off road dusty conditions so I probably change mine more often. I will replace mine on the next oil change which would be near 30,000 miles....unless I feel it needs to be changed on my next inspection.
 

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I copied & pasted this as a FYI for you. This is from my 2012 owners manual. There may be changes for a 2014 thou, that I'm not aware of. I don't know is this will be the same for a 2014 as it was on a 2012, but thought it might be of help. I changed my air filter with a Fleetguard air filter AF27864 at 17,xxx miles. I did not wait for the EVIC message.


The condition of the air cleaner filter is monitored by the
Engine Control Module. The “SERVICE AIR FILTER”
message will display in the Electronic Vehicle Information
Center (EVIC) when service is required. Refer to
“Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC)” in “Understanding
Your Instrument Panel” for further information.
Do not remove the top of the air filter housing to
inspect the filter element on your diesel engine under
normal operating conditions.
The “SERVICE AIR FILTER” message could be displayed
periodically. This is because engine air flow requirements
change based on driving conditions. As the filter becomes
more restrictive and air flow requirements increase the
“SERVICE AIR FILTER” message will be displayed. The
message may not be displayed in subsequent drive cycles
if the same conditions are not met. The air filter element
should be replaced within 250 miles (402 km) from the

first time this message is displayed to ensure proper
engine operation during all driving conditions.
CAUTION!
Driving with a restricted air filter can cause engine
damage. Driving in dusty environments for extended
periods will lead to rapid air filter plugging. Action
should be taken as soon as the “SERVICE AIR
FILTER” message is displayed.
If the vehicle experiences a sudden loss of engine power
while being driven in heavy snow or rain, or when
plowing snow, and/or the “SERVICE AIR FILTER” message
is displayed on the EVIC along with a chime that
repeats every 60 seconds, visually inspect the air filter for
snow/ice build up or extreme water saturation. If the air
filter is not damaged, remove all snow/ice and reinstall
air filter. If the air filter is damaged, replace filter element.

NOTE: The air filter housing contains a Mass Air Flow
sensor. This sensor is critical to proper engine operation
and component longevity. Any damage or modification
to this sensor could result in major engine and/or
exhaust aftertreatment damage. This includes the use of
non-approved air filters. Use only MOPAR approved air
filters or equivalent.
A visual inspection of the air cleaner filter element is
never recommended under normal circumstances. A
badly restricted element may appear clean while a soiled
element may be quite effective in filtering particles
without restricting air flow. Rely on the Engine Control
Module to determine when a filter change is necessary.
CAUTION!
Many aftermarket performance air filter elements do
not adequately filter the air entering the engine. Use
of such filters can severely damage your engine.
 

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Change within 250 miles when the "Service Air Filter" message shows?

Sounds as if everyone needs to carry a spare filter with them.

If I'm traveling away from home on a run and it's time to service the filter it won't get done within 250 miles if I don't have the filter with me, that's for dang sure.
 

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^ so if you went 300 mi you would trash the engine?
I bet at no time are you farther that 250mi from a store with a new filter.... ok it could be 300mi:doh:

few trucks stop running from a air filter that is nearing it's end of service unlike a fuel filter.

Having said that, I change mine early around 15k.
a clogged air filter will cause the system to apply more vac to the ccv.
JMO
 

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Just another note on the air filter that's found in the owner's manual: Under no circumstances
should the air cleaner filter element exceed
30,000 miles (48,000 km) or 24 months, whichever comes
first.


So change every 2 years, or when the EVIC tells you to. Book also says to inspect yearly which I do when I take off the intake for an oil change. I don't like the idea of un-clamping the air filter as I believe you can have a compromised seal so I inspect through the hole in the lid once the intake is removed.
 

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if you don't like unclamping it to inspect it for fear of a compromised seal how would you change it out.
There's a big difference there. Un-clamping for inspecting and re-using the same filter is what I don't like doing. Because you have already crushed the seal the first time when you clamp it down. So when you clamp it down a 2nd time after inspection, you may be just a little off and you may not get as tight of a seal. You can see any bulging and what not on the filter from the hole. Also, if you see dust just after the filter, then you know you have a problem and you can take additional action if need be. So totally unnecessary to remove that lid for filter inspection.

When you're changing an air filter, you get a new filter, therefore you have a fresh seal/gasket that hasn't been crushed yet. so no problems with removing and changing filter as you technically have a fresh gasket. It's just like how you don't re-use certain gaskets unless they are specifically called-out as being re-usable. Just an old practice that has stuck with me.
 

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Change within 250 miles when the "Service Air Filter" message shows?

Sounds as if everyone needs to carry a spare filter with them.

If I'm traveling away from home on a run and it's time to service the filter it won't get done within 250 miles if I don't have the filter with me, that's for dang sure.
I carry a spare serpentine belt, two fuel filters (I have an auxiliary fuel filter on the truck) and an oil filter in my boonie box. Geno's garage sells the kit for our Ram trucks and the price is different depending on model years of the truck.

Jim W.
 

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I changed mine at 15k and it needed it whether the EVIC or the user manual said it needed it or not. I generally pull the filter at each oil change and take a look and make sure there are no gremlins in the air box, after a year of service on a dirt road I thought it could use one and for the $20 it cost at Autozone it was worth it to me.

If you're comfortable keeping your filter in a bubble for 2 years without looking at it then kudos to you...I check all my air filters on all my vehicles when I service them and I've yet to kill one.
 
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