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Air Breather Guide

There are currently 5 different styles of air breathers available on the market today. With a wide variety of accessories available for your big rig, it is vital to know what style air breather you have on your truck. Below you will see the main differences between each style of air breather.

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Vortox Air Cleaner Can

The Vortox style is typically only utilized by Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks.

The Vortox air breather can is set apart form the other styles due to its unique way of securing the breather lid with a single long bolt that runs through the middle of the breather.

Vortox Truck Air Cleaners keep your truck engine running cleaner longer with their rugged and durable all T304 Stainless Steel construction, large dirt holding capacity, and Vortox pioneered design of an integrated Inlet Cap. Used on conventional cab style trucks, Vortox Truck Air Cleaners are offered in 13" and 15" sizes. The 13" models are designed to service out the bottom in order to avoid mirror arms, while the 15" models follow standard top servicing. In addition to being reliably durable, Vortox Truck Air Cleaners define classic looks and quality. Finished in highly polished No. 7 Stainless Steel that is unmatched in the industry, our Truck Air Cleaners are preferred among those in the trucking industry for adding classic beauty to any truck.


Donaldson Air Cleaner Can

The Donaldson style air cleaner can is set apart from the other styles do to its top lid being secured by outside bolts around the top of the lid.

The Donaldson is typically utilized on Freightliner, Peterbilt, and Kenworth trucks.

Donaldson Premium Air Cleaner Can

The Donaldson Premium air cleaner can differs form the rest by using a twist off lid with concealed bolts underneath. This model provides a clean look for your big rig.

The Donaldson Premium is utilized on Peterbilt and Kenworth trucks. In order to tell if you have a Donaldson Premium, please see the measurements in the diagram below.


Donaldson Preferred Fit Air Cleaner Can

Just like the Donaldson Premium style, the Donaldson Preferred Fit air cleaner can differs from the rest by using a twist off lid with concealed bolts underneath and provides a clean look for your big rig.

The Donaldson Preferred Fit is utilized on Peterbilt and Kenworth trucks.

In order to tell if you have a Donaldson Preferred Fit, please see the measurements in the diagram below.


Nelson Air Cleaner Can

Nelson air breathers are easy to distinguish from other styles because they lack the stainless steel screen found around the top portion of the can.

Nelson air cleaner cans are typically found on Freightliner trucks.