My '95 Civic ARX treatment phase, filter...

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http://s657.photobucket.com/albums/uu296/HighwaySurveyor/?action=view¤t=00001.jpg&newest=1 Hopefully this thread doesn't get threadjacked and locked like the prior one. This is a photo of the ARX treatment phase filter (piece) and end cap from a few weeks ago (just got the filter opener a week or so ago). I was quite surprised to find as much flecky deposits in this filter as I did, there were quite a few more on that end cap but handling removed them... This is my third treatment in about 50,000 miles, but this time I ran dino and a full bottle of ARX in the little tin-can wonder. Methinks dino in the treatment phase is also a good thing. EDIT: for some reason- even with the ]img[ ]/img[ thing I can't get the photos to display here (yes, the brackets are deliberately reversed here)...
 
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 Originally Posted By: Crashbox
This is a photo of the ARX treatment phase filter
Where's the comparison picture that shows how clean or dirty your filter usually looks? Did it, for example, resemble sort of this filter?
 
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 Originally Posted By: moribundman
This should show a little more detail.
Holy [censored], and here I thought I did a bad job with my Dremel!
 

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My intent was to expand the pleats to reveal their contents; maybe there is an easier way to dismantle the filter proper, though some seem to do so on their own even while in service! I was impressed by how well this WIX filter seems to be built.
 

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 Originally Posted By: wannafbody
I see Iron
I tested the flecks with one of my trusty NdFeB magnets- no iron. They do crush easily into dust- graphite.
 
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Running dino is THE secret to getting RX to work properly and my friend Ron in Melbourne agrees. We have done a lot of tersting. Definitely no ester content in the oil, and I believe no PAO is also a given. My 2c fwiw.
 

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 Originally Posted By: Rick20
I agree with the dino as best for both cleaning and rinse phases. What had you used on the prior cleanings?
I had M1 5W-30 in the first treatment phase with dino in the rinse, and AMSOIL ASL in the second treatment phase with dino for rinse. I might add these also had the earlier recommendations for mileage and dosage (two oz./quart). Additionally, the ARX may have had to expend some of its chemistry on grabbing any residual LC20 although I stopped the LC20 about 1500 miles before adding the ARX. This time around was straight dino and a full bottle, as well as (uh-oh) going 3500 miles on the treatment phase.
 

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[IMG] http://s657.photobucket.com/albums/uu296/HighwaySurveyor/?action=view¤t=pict0365.jpg [/IMG] [IMG] http://s657.photobucket.com/albums/uu296/HighwaySurveyor/?action=view¤t=pict0366.jpg [/IMG] UPDATE: after running 3,835 miles on the rinse-phase oil I changed it out and cut the filter open. Here's what it looks like, admittedly I expected more but since this is the third ARX treatment in about 50,000 miles and running LC20 regularly there probably isn't much left for the Auto-Rx to grab. Not an awful lot of those flecky carbonaceous bits here but there's a few. Funny thing, too- it appears to me the treatment-phase filter may have been dirtier! If/when I feel up to it I'll tear some of the pleats out of this one and get a closer look.
 
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