View Full Version : Vaccuum System Filter- what is it and where?

03-25-2019, 05:13 AM
Saw "Vaccuum System Filter 2002-2006 - Located at end of vaccuum hose"

as a maintenance part so I bought it. No idea where it goes and what it does. This is the link to the place I bought it:


03-25-2019, 06:04 AM
Okay... MB part number is 000 078 09 56 which crosses to Mopar 05080374AA, “Vacuum Sensor Filter” but the 2004 parts manual I’ve got doesn’t list it... :hmmm:


Aussie 2002 4x4
03-25-2019, 06:56 AM

03-25-2019, 09:51 AM
It is only fitted to the 2002 to 2004 OM612 engine with the vacuum operated turbo boost actuator and NOT the OM647 with the electronic actuator.

PS It is also fitted to other engines (and years) but the above is true for the USA spec T1N's.


Eric Experience
03-25-2019, 10:38 AM
It is simple logic, if you have a valve operating a device with vacuum then when the vacuum is no longer required air is let in to the device. This air has to be clean or the device will fill with dirt and stop working. So you must have a filter on all valves, The easiest one to see is on the brake booster. Eric.

03-25-2019, 07:45 PM
The vacuum vent filter.
Very interesting since I have an '02.

Does this filter need service, does it fail, where is it located?
I looked as best I could on mine, must be under the airbox in the vicinity of the boost actuator?

bill in tomahawk

03-26-2019, 09:34 AM
On my 2003 the vacuum vent filter is behind the heater control valve. A long hose connects it to the vacuum transducer (boost actuator) under the airbox. It's mounted vertically with the hose on the top. You can track it down by getting under the hood immediately after turning the engine off and listening for a quiet sucking sound. Someone on this forum suggested that any small engine fuel filter would work as a replacement, since only a small amount of air flows through it. I imagine that it is a maintenance item, like any filter.

04-28-2019, 05:59 PM
Does this have anything to do with the squishy / mushy brake situation that happens?

04-28-2019, 10:59 PM
Does this have anything to do with the squishy / mushy brake situation that happens?

No, that is the normal pedal feel. Madness, but normal.
You can reassure yourself the system is free of air by stomping on the brakes a few times before starting the engine: you’ll quickly get a firm pedal with no sponginess (unless your brakes need bleeding). Then hold the pedal and start the engine, and feel the pedal turn to mush as it drops another inch or two under boost assist.
Thank you, Mother Benz.
(maybe it was to make drivers used to air brakes feel more at home?)


Added: if your brakes are FADING as you drive, your pads may be thin or the fluid may be old and wet, boiling in the calliper during continuous braking?