Just as an air filter in your home protects your HVAC system from dust and dirt and helps to maintain a clean home environment, a marine air filter safeguards your boat engine from taking in dust and dirt and other harmful particulates which could build up and otherwise damage your boat’s engine. It’s the simple things, like changing out your marine air filter regularly, that will extend the lifetime of your engine.
Seasoned boaters know the first line of defense to protecting against corrosive and harsh wet environments for your engine is to be sure the air filter element can handle the unique problems that extreme environments present.
You want a marine air filter that traps contaminants and allows your boat engine to run more efficiently. In addition to improving performance, a quality air filter lowers maintenance costs.
Saltwater causes a whole host of issues for air filtration. Bacteria, molds, yeast, and VOCs can build up and cause serious damage to your diesel engine. For ocean-going vessels and larger boats motoring the Gulf, we carry a range of replacement OEM Volvo Penta marine air filters which fit many different diesel-powered engine models. We also carry genuine factory Kohler air filters for diesel generators.
Volvo Penta’s pleated filter media, featuring a large surface area, ensures high-capacity filtration and longer service life. Because the woven media is manufactured as a single strand filament, it does not have a porous surface, which means it will not absorb or retain moisture. And, of course, we know that humid, moist air found in a marine engine environment encourages the growth of mold, bacteria, viruses, yeast or fungi, which are all common concerns in the boating world.
If you’ve been trolling the boating forums and read advice to replace your Volvo Penta filter with a common automotive air filter, don’t take the bait! There is a reason Volvo Penta’s specs are so exacting for their marine air filters. As the OEM, they test the air filter and the engine for which it’s designed extensively.
The filter paper used in each Volvo Penta air filter element takes into account its filtration capacity and the effects of a moist environment. Remember, an air filter on your boat is clearing thousands of particulates every minute the engine is running. If the wrong air filter is installed (to save a few bucks), then you run the risk of dust and particles flowing through the filter paper or poorly glued seams, causing increased wear on the engine.
The rubber seal around the filter cartridge prevents unfiltered air from entering the engine. In addition, the hot-melt adhesive and radial seal found on Volvo Penta's diesel marine filters can withstand the continual vibration of waves.
Also, the wrong marine diesel air filter can diminish engine performance and require the filter be replaced more frequently, so you’re not really saving money after all.
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