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    Default Cleaning K&N air filter?

    How do you clean the air filter properly? I've heard stories about doing this incorrectly and causing damage to some part (MAF??)

    Jstas...and others, maybe you could help me figure this out :)

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    Use the K&N cleaning kit, and make sure you let it dry completely and don't put too much oil on.

    Instructions in the kit should walk you through it.

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    It's hard to do it incorrectly. But some people put way too much oil on the filter and it ends up covering the mass air meter sensor wire. When that happens, it doesn't work right and the vehicle behaves erratically or just shuts down.

    Get a cleaning kit, use the solvent/cleaner liberally. Wash it off with a low pressure stream of water and let it dry completely like what was said. When applying the oil, hold the can far enough away so that the fine spray hits the filter element rather than a stream. Put just enough oil on so that the filter gauze starts to turn pink and let it soak in. Come back 10-15 minutes later and give it a quick light coat again and that should be all the oil the element needs. It should be a medium pink. If the element is bright red like the color of the oil, there's way too much. Clean it again and start over.

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    the cotton gauze(filter media) in between the metal screen is easily displaced - do not jet it with too much pressure.
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    I've put simple-green in a bucket, filled with warm water, and swirled the filter in it. After doing a few buckets of cleaning solution, I ran a few buckets of fresh water to rinse the filter. Left to air dry and I had a fantastically clean filter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jstas View Post
    It's hard to do it incorrectly. But some people put way too much oil on the filter and it ends up covering the mass air meter sensor wire. When that happens, it doesn't work right and the vehicle behaves erratically or just shuts down.

    Get a cleaning kit, use the solvent/cleaner liberally. Wash it off with a low pressure stream of water and let it dry completely like what was said. When applying the oil, hold the can far enough away so that the fine spray hits the filter element rather than a stream. Put just enough oil on so that the filter gauze starts to turn pink and let it soak in. Come back 10-15 minutes later and give it a quick light coat again and that should be all the oil the element needs. It should be a medium pink. If the element is bright red like the color of the oil, there's way too much. Clean it again and start over.

    Then install and enjoy.
    Wow...thanks, that was very informative! It turned out to be very easy and I didn't use too much oil at all. Now I understand why over-oiling the filter causes problems with the MAF sensor.

    Also, how oftern should the filter be cleaned/oiled? I guess the filter should be cleaned something like every other oil change? Or am I wrong on this?
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    Unless you put a lot of miles on the car, I clean mine once a year.

    As a precaution, I clean my MAF a few hundred miles after re-oiling my filter. MAF cleaner is available from your local auto parts store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Face View Post
    Unless you put a lot of miles on the car, I clean mine once a year.

    As a precaution, I clean my MAF a few hundred miles after re-oiling my filter. MAF cleaner is available from your local auto parts store.
    Thanks. 7000 miles/year = 2.5 oil changes, so every third oil change then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by appadv View Post
    BTW, Did you get my email?
    Yes, this thread just reminded me of it. I'll get back to you in a few.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zingo View Post
    I've put simple-green in a bucket, filled with warm water, and swirled the filter in it. After doing a few buckets of cleaning solution, I ran a few buckets of fresh water to rinse the filter. Left to air dry and I had a fantastically clean filter.
    The cleaning kits cost 7-8 bucks and are more effective and guaranteed not to degrade the filter in any way. Simple Green is an enzyme based cleaner that can damage some rubbers and plastics and probably thee gauze in the filter element too.

    I bought my K&N filter 7 years ago now and got a cleaning kit at the same time. I have one, maybe two more cleanings left in the kit before I have to buy a new one.

    At $32 for the filter and $8 for the cleaning kit, $40 over 7 years comes out to about $5.75 a year. I clean the filter 3, sometimes 4 times a year. One bottle of Simple Green is $6.25. The cleaning kit is not only more effective but more economical. Don't waste money and time doing it the wrong way.
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    I have the cleaning kit and it was only $8. It seems like it will last a long time, as I did not have to use much oil to get the job done.

    So you can clean the filter more often then? I was originally thinking every other oil change but 3-4 times a year is fine and won't harm the filter?
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    www.bobistheoilguy.com

    Check this site; he does a comparison of K&N style to OEM paper media. Interesting results--you may end up tossing your K&N....
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    Quote Originally Posted by TNRabbit View Post
    www.bobistheoilguy.com

    Check this site; he does a comparison of K&N style to OEM paper media. Interesting results--you may end up tossing your K&N....
    Hmm...never knew that.

    It was a good read, but confirmed my initial impressions: higher filtration = less flow, and vice versa.
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    A big issue would be allowing the filter to COMPLETELY dry before you oil it. You should also allow plenty of time to dry after oiling, before you place it back onto your vehicle.

    Everything is well covered with the posts above.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hypertrophy View Post
    A big issue would be allowing the filter to COMPLETELY dry before you oil it. You should also allow plenty of time to dry after oiling, before you place it back onto your vehicle.

    Everything is well covered with the posts above.
    Good advice, I did make sure that it was dry - it sat under the sun for a while so that it was completely dry.
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    Need suggestion on a K&N filter for a 200cc Motorbike

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacob.simpson View Post
    Need suggestion on a K&N filter for a 200cc Motorbike
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    You can search on the website, that's how I found mine!
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    I love my dew dry flow one from aem soak it in water take it out let it dry put it back in done deal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by appadv View Post
    Hmm...never knew that.

    It was a good read, but confirmed my initial impressions: higher filtration = less flow, and vice versa.
    This is also true with your home A/C, cheap blue 99 cent filter gets better air flow ftw

    thread starter: go to Advance auto parts and grab the K and N cleaning kit (Always in stock) and read the instrucs....

    This reminded me to clean mine, thanks

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    Cleaned my K&N air filter for the first time a couple of weeks ago. What a pain! First, you have to wash it, then you may need to wash it again. Then you have to wait for it to dry. Then you have to spray the oil into it and wait until it soaks. Then you have to spray oil again (to make sure that pink color on the other side is uniform, etc.), then wait again for it to dry.

    After paying all this money for the filter and the cleaning kit, where is the advantage over buying a single-use filter every time you need a new one?

    I respect K&N for making excellent oil filters (over FRAM and other garbage), but man, that air filter is a pain.
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    The advantage? It seems to improve fuel economy, at least that's been my experience with the filter. YMMV.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ViperZ View Post
    Cleaned my K&N air filter for the first time a couple of weeks ago. What a pain! First, you have to wash it, then you may need to wash it again. Then you have to wait for it to dry. Then you have to spray the oil into it and wait until it soaks. Then you have to spray oil again (to make sure that pink color on the other side is uniform, etc.), then wait again for it to dry.

    After paying all this money for the filter and the cleaning kit, where is the advantage over buying a single-use filter every time you need a new one?

    I respect K&N for making excellent oil filters (over FRAM and other garbage), but man, that air filter is a pain.
    ???????? Really......have been using K&N filters forever never found it to be a PITA at all......but then again I'm one of those anal people who use Q tips for cleaning the smallest of places that are never seen :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by NotaSuv View Post
    ???????? Really......have been using K&N filters forever never found it to be a PITA at all......but then again I'm one of those anal people who use Q tips for cleaning the smallest of places that are never seen :)
    If you have over an hour to clean and dry the *car air filter*, then you definitely should have no problems with this one ;). Personally, I feel that I am stuck with one, since I already bought it and it's expensive, but I wouldn't recommend getting a reusable air filter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ViperZ View Post
    If you have over an hour to clean and dry the *car air filter*, then you definitely should have no problems with this one
    Clean it with this stuff: http://www.greased-lightning.com/pro...px?ProductId=1
    We used to race Go Karts on a dirt oval. I cleaned 6 filters a week, spray this stuff on wait 2-5 minutes and rinse off with a garden hose or in the sink if the wife is not home.;) Make sure the filter is dry and second DON'T put too much oil on..!!!!! Lightly spray it and let it soak in... wait, wait,... wait... OK now look at it and see if needs some more oil. Good Boy...:p
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    Jeff, I don't like the 'wait wait wait' part =P
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    I always use the squeeze bottle to re-oil and not the spray can aerosol type sprayer.

    K&N lists how much oil the filter should hold when you re-oil it. The squeeze bottle shows you how much oil is in the bottle so you get a real good idea if you applied the right amount.

    Also, don't clean it too often. The filter filters much worse when it's freshly cleaned and oiled. The initial build up of dust & grime is part of the overall filtering - so if you keep it super clean you're not doing your car any favor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ViperZ View Post
    If you have over an hour to clean and dry the *car air filter*, then you definitely should have no problems with this one ;). Personally, I feel that I am stuck with one, since I already bought it and it's expensive, but I wouldn't recommend getting a reusable air filter.
    An hour? I just did this today in 5-10 minutes tops. Just clean it with the cleaning fluid, rinse the filter out, and add a little bit of oil.
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    Soaking a K&N in soap and water isnt the best way to clean it. It wont damage the filter doing that, but theres a better way to clean it. Pick up a K&N filter cleaning kit, and itll tell you that you want to run water through the filter from the inside to the outside so the dirt thats in the filter gets forced back out by the flowing water, rather that driving it further into the filter by running water over the outside. So by that explanation of how to get it clean, you can see why dropping the filter in a sink of soap and water isnt the best way to do it, it would get some dirt out, but also push some dirt further into the filter.

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