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Top Engine Performance Easier With Filter Minders
Filters plug up. That's their job. The problem is knowing when a filter is plugged up enough to reduce engine performance. Filter Minders from Engineered Products Co. let you know when an air or fuel filter needs to be replaced.
"You can look at the indicator, or we also have electronic sensors that light up on the dash or trigger a default code on your computer," says Ron Kelderman, Engineered Products Co. "We sell mostly through OEMs, but installation, especially for the air filter, is easy for most applications."
He explains that most OEM equipment comes with a fitting between the air filter and the engine to attach the Filter Minder. If not, it's easy to drill a hole and pop in a grommet. Fuel and hydraulic lines are tougher and require an inline fitting. At this time it's not designed for oil filters.
Checking the Filter Minder is easy. It measures and recalls the highest restriction at maximum airflow or full load condition. As the filters plug up and restrict flow of air or fluids, the indicators activate. A yellow position indicator gradually moves up in a clear window on the unit. When it reaches the red zone, it's time to change the filter and reset the indicator.
The company points out that air filters actually are more efficient once they have a dirt film build up. That is why changing them because they look dirty may be actually reducing performance.
Filter Minders are available direct from the company or through major auto parts distributors like Wicks, NAPA and others. Prices range from $22 for air filter monitors to $29 for fuel filter monitors.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Engineered Products Co., 2940 Airport Blvd., Waterloo, Iowa 50703 (ph 319 234-0231; toll free 800 689-7803; info@filterminder.com; www.Filterminder.com).

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2008 - Volume #32, Issue #6