Originally Posted by Bluegrass Picker
Just checked my air filter on my 2015 GC Eco. w/ 275 miles.
Cracked around all four sides, not yet penetrated however. I'm going to throw a Fram in since it's all I can find locally in stock and then I'll order something better for the next replacement.
Not good. Makes me wonder about the rest of the OEM parts..........
After finding my filter torn on my new GC 3.0 and having it replaced by the dealer, I decided to do some research on a replacement and I'm posting the results here in case anyone is interested.
The Fram did not fit, I expect it was for the RAM.
I'm not comfortable with the oiled gauze filters, even the 7 layer ones, thinking that heavy equipment and trucks all use paper elements.
There are no manufacturers that I could find who make the paper filter for the 3.0 except for Baldwin, and I looked high and low for another manufacturer. If there's one out there, I couldn't find it.
Baldwin part is PA4483. No one in my area of the NW USA carried that filter in stock, and I tried many online Baldwin sales outlets with no success. I called Baldwin and they don't sell direct, so I checked the dealer locator section of their website, and a local auto parts store, Baxter Auto Parts is a Baldwin dealer. However that part is not carried there, so they had to order one direct from Baldwin. $25 delivered to the store.
I received the filter today, and upon examination it is very similar to the OEM, but different in that the paper elements are more white and it says Baldwin PA4483 and the usual "made in China". The orange rubber seems similar to OEM, but slightly more dense possibly.
I installed the filter and noted that if I set the top of the filter housing down on the filter and then tried to slide in the three tabs, it tended to grab the orange rubber and pull it while sliding. I firmly lifted the top above the orange and held it up while sliding in the tabs. That might be the cause of the tearing of the rubber as opposed to faulty manufacturing, but in any case I'll stick with the Baldwin. The fit was a perfect replacement of the OEM.
The Baxter regional rep told me that they will be stocking the PA4483 in most of their stores from now on after I explained the situation. If they're not in stock, they can be ordered and any Baldwin authorized dealer can do so also. Baxter is a NW USA based chain that is expanding into more western states.