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Old 09-13-2008, 01:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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6.4 air filter, snow saturation

A good friend of mine just got an F-350 reg cab dually 4x4 PSD for plowing snow. I have heard these trucks tend to plug air filters in snow, and I'm sure he didn't get a grille cover. If the filter gets snowed up, will it be OK after being dried out? I was going to advise him to have a spare on board in case this happens to him. From what I have heard, a filter swap would be easier than constantly applying and removing the grille cover. Anyone got experience with this?
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Old 09-13-2008, 03:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i plow with my 08 6.4 as well as a friend of mine and neither of us have had a problem with snow clogging air filter. Being in RI we tend to get more of a wet snow when we get it at all. maybe thats the difference, i will say that my 08 will use twice the fuel that my 97 7.3 does when plowing snow, and the 97 consistently has a 2yd sander in a utility body loaded with sand/salt
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Old 09-13-2008, 06:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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A friend of mine had his 08 350 clog up w/snow.We're here in MA. close to CHRISB444E, and he had to have his truck towed to the dealer because it went into limp mode.They swapped out the filter,cleared the codes and he was good to go.He has since put a snowfoil on his plow rather than going w/ a grille cover.
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I've had it freeze up from snow. Load up from the rain too.
If you live in RI you won't have much trouble as it will melt inside the filter and eventually dry. I lived in Ma. near RI so I can see why his doesn't freeze up.
But if you live were I do were it's below 32degF for months at a time the snow will build up and clogg the filter.
Get an extra one as they are easy to put in and you'll get better fuel mileage while the other one is thawing in the cab.
No it won't hurt the filter.
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I have had the filter plug up several times, no plow just highway driving in falling/blowing snow. Winter front does not help much. Bob
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I have had this happen to me once because of snow and two to three times because of rain. I haven't tried the cover from Ford, but am wondering if going to a S&B intake eliminates this problem?
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What is a snowfoil? I will recommend this to him plus the spare filter.
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Snowfoil is a piece of steel(or somtetimes rubber) that bolts to the top of the plow sort of like a deflector.It pushes the snow away little better then the blade itself.There is a FISHER dealer in my building at work and he sells them.Not sure excactly of the price you'd have to look into that.But I do know it helps keep the snow off the truck.
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Mine plugged up while driving on the highway as well. It wasn't snowing hard either.
Sno Foils are o.k. I had one for years. But I plow just my drive and don't build the speeds up so stock Fisher is fine.

Definitly get an extra filter and swap them out often during the season.

Mine plugged up with a trip in the rain as well.
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