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Old 07-25-2006, 01:42 AM   #1
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Default Pur water filter trick

Don't know how many people know this so I thought I'd throw it out there... You know when an on faucet Pur water filter finally stops flowing due to the filter being fully "used"? Well, that isn't the filter that stopping the water... its something in the unit itself. If you take the filter out for a minute, then put it back in, the gauge will reset itself and your back in business - just like new.

I'm sure someone will disagree but we ALWAYS run our filters through at least twice (three times in a pinch) and have never noticed any off tastes or odors...

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Old 07-25-2006, 02:31 AM   #2
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The timing of filter changes is critical to ensuring you the best quality product. Failure to change the filters at the indicated interval will seriously damage our profits.
Had an argument with my Dodge dealer about changing the fuel filter, his people are convinced that they know more about it than the monitoring computer that I paid extra for on my Sprinter van. They insist on shorter change intervals, but will not refund my money for the "worthless" monitor. Since it is really a Mercedes, I'll believe the computer.
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Old 07-25-2006, 02:41 AM   #3
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depending on the engine, its very possible that a fuel filter could be starving a motor at high load. Ive personally seen plugged fuel filters pull as much as 20psi pressure at the fuel rail, at high rpm.

now im not gonna say that its the same thing with this PUR unit, but a fuel filter is nothing more than a piece of paper in a metal canister. This pur unit may have some mechanism to close an aperture or valve limiing water flow. Could be to keep filters fresh, could be to simply generate revenue.

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Don't know how many people know this so I thought I'd throw it out there... You know when an on faucet Pur water filter finally stops flowing due to the filter being fully "used"? Well, that isn't the filter that stopping the water... its something in the unit itself. If you take the filter out for a minute, then put it back in, the gauge will reset itself and your back in business - just like new.

I'm sure someone will disagree but we ALWAYS run our filters through at least twice (three times in a pinch) and have never noticed any off tastes or odors...

I agree..did the same thing myself a while back..used it three times, with no difference. I usually smell the chlorine when the tap runs since I grew up with well water, I am sensitive to harsh smells....3 or three times is fine.
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Old 07-25-2006, 03:39 AM   #5
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I don't know, call me a realist, but jumping off a bridge 3 times may be my limit.

I change the filter when it the gage says to change it.

I had an '85 Fiero. I performed all the maintenance, oil changes, brakes, belts, etc. I gave it away to a soldier. It had 216,000 miles on it. I changed the filter every 3000 miles or after long trips. I had the confidence to jump in that car to go anywhere at any time without worrying if it was going to make it cross country. The Fiero was in the shop once for a blown head gasket at 80k miles. That's the only time it was in the shop when I owned it.

My current '99 Grand Am has just over 122,000. I purchased it new in Sep '98 and I paid it off 4 months later. I put over 50,000 miles on it in excess of 100 MPH. I change the oil when the idiot light comes on. This car has only been in the shop for AC work. It'll be 8 years old in a few months. It still looks new. Another thing...I've never waxed it either and it still shines.

I'm pretty confident that I keep my cars running longer and in great shape than you guys...but let's get back to the subject of beer...

My beer gets filtered water. Period.

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I think filtering it is fine if your water analysis indicates something that needs to be filtered, otherwise I can't really see investing the time or money given that your beer doesn't have any issues related to water. My water is pretty soft and doesn't have any chloramine...if I lived in the midwest or other area with traditionally hard water I'd consider just buying distilled water and treating it with salts depending on the style.

Incidentally, though governed by two separate agencies, tap water and bottled drinking water have essentially the same standards.

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Uhm, the "idiot light" doesn't come on when you need an oil change, it comes on when it's sensing low oil pressue. Couldn't convince SWMBO of this fact until her engine blew up. Used to flicker on occassionally, she seemed to think at about the time it needed an oil change. It wasn't needing an oil change that was the problem. You might want to have that looked at.

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Uhm, the "idiot light" doesn't come on when you need an oil change, it comes on when it's sensing low oil pressue.
Actually on some cars it does come on at the service interval, generally based on the odometer.
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Actually on some cars it does come on at the service interval, generally based on the odometer.
You know, I just came back up to edit my post, after remembering that my Honda does tell me when I need regular maintenance (but not oil changes). Depends on the car, I'm sure, but I've never seen one where the "oil" light doesn't indicate pressure, not "dirtiness."
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Old 07-25-2006, 04:02 AM   #10
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Uhm, the "idiot light" doesn't come on when you need an oil change, it comes on when it's sensing low oil pressue...
My idiot light comes on every 3000 miles, I change my oil and reset it.

BTW, it says "Change Oil"...I don't think that could possibly mean anything else.

The good thing about it is that every second oil change I make sure I get my tires rotated too. Two gages for the price of one. Good deal, huh?
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