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MSR Sweetwater filter question

Postby Carne_DelMuerto » Tue May 10, 2011 4:44 pm

I just pulled out my MSR filter to clean and inspect and came across a crack on the interior of the filter. Looking in the literature and online I can't find anything that specifically says the filter is now compromised. Any experts here have some knowledge on the subject? Should I be looking for a replacement cartridge or is this nothing more than normal wear and tear? Thanks!
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Re: MSR Sweetwater filter question

Postby The Other Tom » Tue May 10, 2011 5:39 pm

The value of a filter is the very small pores that, well, filter out stuff. When you have a crack, you effectively have a big pore that would be much less efficient filtering out stuff. In other words, I'd say it's toast.
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Re: MSR Sweetwater filter question

Postby rlown » Tue May 10, 2011 5:45 pm

ditto. how old is the filter?
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Re: MSR Sweetwater filter question

Postby maverick » Tue May 10, 2011 5:46 pm

You can get a filter replacement for around $44, or use it as a reason to get another
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Re: MSR Sweetwater filter question

Postby Carne_DelMuerto » Tue May 10, 2011 6:19 pm

Thanks, all. I figured that was the case...just didn't want to spend the $44 on a new filter if I didn't have to.

Rlown, I bought the filter in 2004 after my old filter finally let me down and I contracted Giardia. It hasn't seen heavy use so I thought I'd get more time out of it.

Guess I know what that $50 REI card headed my way is going towards. #-o
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Re: MSR Sweetwater filter question

Postby rlown » Tue May 10, 2011 6:43 pm

2004.. filter had a great run. get a new one.
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Re: MSR Sweetwater filter question

Postby RoguePhotonic » Tue May 10, 2011 9:54 pm

Having it that long is a very good run! Last year I started out with a new filter and it only lasted 18 days before it would not pump any more. And that was all in clean water. It was the one that came with the whole rig so I think I got ripped off.
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Re: MSR Sweetwater filter question

Postby BSquared » Tue May 24, 2011 10:12 am

Are sure what you're looking at is cracks? I ask because the Sweetwater uses an ablative-type filter, that is, as one cleans the filter, parts of the filter are actually removed by the brush, leaving a new interior surface. If you've cleaned your filter recently with the brush, then probably what you're looking at are actually cracks, and you need to replace the filter. But if cleaning it with the brush makes it look uniformly white again, it may just be that the innermost layer of filter material was cracking and flaking off. But I agree with others that the filter doesn't owe you much after all the use you've got out of it!
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Re: MSR Sweetwater filter question

Postby Carne_DelMuerto » Fri May 27, 2011 7:20 pm

BSquared, it is a crack. I noticed it after I cleaned it. I can move it with my finger and see that it's a few mm deep. Thanks for the advice!
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