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Air filter change reminder.

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by 70monte, Aug 14, 2009.

  1. 70monte

    70monte Senior Member
    Messages: 468

    Do these things actually work? Has anyone ever seen it move? The one on my 98 K1500 that I bought new has never moved. I was just wondering if it was just a gimmick. Thanks.

  2. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Never seen mine move. I would imagine that your filter would have to be really clogged to make it move.
  3. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,440

    I always push to test those things. I don't think I've ever seen one NOT working ;)
  4. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Do they work? Technically yes they do, but the truck will notify you before hand with poor MPG's and lost performance long before the filter mind will...so don't count on it to let you know ahead of time.
  5. 70monte

    70monte Senior Member
    Messages: 468

    Thanks, I was just curious. Everyone that I've asked that owns a later model chevy truck has never saw their's move either. I usually don't let my filter get that dirty before I change it anyway.

  6. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    I am sure B&B remembers like I do in the old days they used to say change the filter every other oil change. Changing it every oil change is cheap insurance back then. I would really be bummed if the filter minder said the filter was done 1/2 way thru a mileage cycle!
    That could be trouble.
  7. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Nope I'm afraid you've got me on that one Micki. :D However I well recall the days were you only needed to remove a single wing nut to get at the filter for inspection. :drinkup:
  8. dzrick

    dzrick Senior Member
    Messages: 110

    I feel stupid asking this but what the hell is a Air filter change reminder?

    Where is it if in fact I have one on my 98 GMC K1500 Sierra?:(
  9. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    It's nothing more than a spring loaded vacuum gage located that reads excessive intake restriction on the clean side of the airbox when the filter becomes too restricted but are useless for the most part (hence Wayne's original question in this thread).

    And yes your '98 should have one.

  10. dzrick

    dzrick Senior Member
    Messages: 110

    Hell, I thought it was going to be a light on the dash or some other goofy thing. Not that this isn't goofy enough.

    Thanks :drinkup:
  11. RichG53

    RichG53 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,135

    Maybe they need to be redesigned so they work like they are suppose to !!!!!!!!!!!