Well it is about time I got back to work…Well, make a video at least. So I thought I would make one that could end up saving you from a very large repair bill. How? Simple…By showing you how to replace your air filter for your motor coach. In this case, a Cummins 450ISL engine in a Tiffin Allego Bus.
Even if you do not care to do it yourself and save some money, at least give you a heads up that you should be doing so every two years reguardless if you use your coach or not. (In other words, before you drive it again if it has been sitting.)
Why you might be asking? Well that is becausse they are made from paper and as such with the temperature and humidity changes that happen, over the two years it can degrade the filter. If it degrades enough, it could end up getting sucked into your turbo and engine thus making for one very large rebuild of your engine.
So, be sure to at least get it replaced per the manufacturers maintenance schedule, in which case ours, as mentioned, is every two years. (Note…Inside the box for the filter it reads every 1 year…I don’t see that seeing that Cummins states two years. But that’s another story in it’s own I guess.
So on to the 20 minute video where I talk about the importance and then change it out. Yes, in less than 20 minutes you can save yourself labor costs of having it installed. (In our case, they wanted $110 to install it. Ouch!) Either doing it yourself or having it done at least every two years you know you’re are protecting your engine from what could be a really bad issue! Not to mention making sure it has the air it needs to get the best fuel milage.
Loved the video Dave. I owned semi trucks for 25 years & I did all my own maintenance. My coach is 01 Newmar with ISC cummins. Have to go through Bedroom engine access panel to change air filter. VERY hazardous if I make a mess in there I be in BIG TROUBLE.
I am sold. Your video has convinced me that paying $110 is a fair price to pay for changing the air filter. Nice job.
Really? I did it in less than 20 mins and that included me talking about it at first. That would be equal to $330 a hour. :) Some coaches are even easier. (But then again, some are harder.)
Organized guy that you are, I wonder if you’ve put together a maintenance minder spreadsheet covering all the various schedules – engine, transmission, chassis, generator, aqua-hot, etc. It’s mind boggling in some regards.
Hi Rick…I have not. Shocking I know! :) I do the engerator when I do the engine oil and I do the AquaHot once a year. (I also do that on my own.) When I go to do the engine oil, seeing it is 36 quarts I do not do that myself LOL, I also have them pull up the schedule and then go by miles or years. (In the case of the air filter, years.) But if I don’t do the engine oil in two years, then I know I still need to do the ar filter at least.
I do my own maintenance also. Be nice with that screw driver on that rubber. It becomes brittle over the years. Glad to see you doing well haven heard from you in a while.
David I would really really appreciate if you could do this video on a Phaeton 40 IH 380 rear radiator.
Would be very instructional for all those Phaeton owners.
PS I happen to have you could use in the video, let me know when to be available.
Thanks , Bill
Hi Bill…I do not do these for a living or anything so all my videos, for something like this, would be based on our coach which helps others. I have no idea on the Phaeton you mention and would have to look at it but would likely not make a video as I don’t have one and I would not travel to do one. Take a look at yours, you might just find it is easy or, maybe not. But guessing it is as it is something that needs to be changed every few years.
David I noticed you have a site tube for your anti freeze, is that factory or was that aftermarket? I have a 2015 Phaeton LH with 450. We have no site glass a very hard sometimes tell how much coolant is in there.
Hi…It was like that from the factory.
Really appreciate your videos. We have the same coach and was wondering were you ordered your filter and a part # if possible. Just looked at mine and it’s due plus the indicator says it’s time. Any help would be appreciated.
The part number is FAR/094973-007… Doing a search for that part number in Google does bring it up.
Found best price (as of this reply) at … https://finditparts.com $126.75 + handling $6.45 + Free shipping. (Link to Part… https://tinyurl.com/fkcsvv32 )
Thank you sir, hope your doing better. Again thanks for your videos, having the same coach you have helped us a great deal learning all the ins and outs. Stay safe
After changing the Engine Air filter, its best to a Sharpie and write on it the date it was replaced. This way you can take a look at it and know its due for its next change.