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K&N Air Filter cleaning

Discussion in 'Car Forum' started by Stillhuntn, Apr 23, 2006.

  1. What is the fastest and best way to clean a K&N air filter?
  2. triggerjerk


    Dec 19, 2000
    Shake it to loosen the dirt. Then spray it with the cleaning solution and let it soak for awhile. Rinse with a hose. Let it dry. Lightly apply the oil. Excess oil can damage engine electronics. Especially GM vehicles. Let it sit for an hour or so as the oil soaks in uniformly before putting it back into the car.

    I stick with fram paper in my camaro. Some vehicles will see
    NO power gain from a k&n versus a paper.


  3. Nicky D

    Nicky D CLM

    Apr 25, 2004
    Souderton, Pa.
    Shake it out first, then rinse with a light stream of water. If you have a cone filter then place the water inside the cone to clean it out, then let dry and oil. Basically just follow the directions on the box for the filter recharge kits. Do not over oil, that is important!
  4. I work for and auto parts store and sell these things all of the time. I have also seen the problems that the dealers have w/ them and common mistakes people make w/ them. Best advice I can give you is to get one. Though they may not give you all the horse power in the world, they do save you money in the long run. Though, if you do get one, keep your paper filter so you can put it in while you service your servicable filter. I would personally let the filter sit out in the sun for awhile or sit overnight in your garage. If you dont do this you run the risk of killing your MAF sensor. Plus, if you have to take your car back to the dealer for any warranty work, PUT THE PAPER FILTER BACK IN. Dealers hate servicable filters and may void certain warranties, especially dodge.
  5. Sapperstang

    Sapperstang Paratrooper

    Oct 19, 2004
    Had one in every car i've owned. Dealer should not say a word about it. I never had an issue with the dealer while using one. They can muck up your maf sensor but its not going to ruin it. I clean the maf wires every now and then anyways just in case.
  6. But thier cleaning kit and follow the instructions closely, otherwise the whole element can breakdown and be ruined. :shocked:
  7. Nicky D

    Nicky D CLM

    Apr 25, 2004
    Souderton, Pa.
    Lucky you, I had an issue with my dealership where they diagnose a leak vacuum leak because I had the FIPK installed. They said they needed for me to reinstall the factory air box before they would look at it. I said forget it and finally figured out what the problem was on my own. I did debate it with them but it went no where. So, yes they can give you problems, but if you just have the drop in type like my wife has in her Impala then there should be no problem at all.
  8. TexasGlock23

    TexasGlock23 Salty Collar

    Dec 31, 2005
    Dallas, TX
    I work for O'reilly's, we don't sell alot anymore. I have one, it pays for itself in less than two years for me. Spend $5-20 every time for a paper filter, or $45 for one that can be cleaned. Mine is 2 years old and I just now cleaned it. I dont drive alot. They are very simple to clean, buy the recharge kit and use only what they provide.