How to Clean a K&N Air Filter
Here's a video on how to clean a K&N Air Filter. I have seen this done
improperly in the past so I thought I'd share the process with you. Here's
a summary of the cleaning process.
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How to Clean and Recharge / Oil a K&N air filter
Last air filer you'll ever have to buy, if you maintain it! In this video
I show you how to clean and "recharge" your K&N air filter. Today's
vehicle example is a 1999 Honda Civic with a B16 motor.
This video is a little bit on the long side, but I wanted to be thorough
showing every step involved in maintaining these filters so you can get
maximum performance and service life from these filters.
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Cleaning aFe or K&N air filters w/ Simple Green
Hi everyone. I had to redo this video because I kept getting fraudulent
copyright claims for third party audio content. So I added a royalty free
audio track ("Takeover of the 8-bit Synths" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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After using the recharge kit that came with my aFe filter, I noticed that
it never really looked clean. My K&N filter was the same way. Instructions
on both tell you to do it all again if it didn't clean it well. I could go
through the process two or three times and it still looked dingy. And I
don't want to send all day and an entire $12 kit each time I clean my
filter a couple times a year, even though the manufacturer hopes I will.
In this video, I used about a cup of concentrated Simple Green and about
1.5 gallons of warm water. Use more Simple Green if you have a larger
filter and need more water. After making the solution, I slowly placed my
filter dirty side down into the bucket.
After an hour, there was an oil slick on top, which I floated off by gently
adding more water. I slowly pulled the filter out to keep from stirring up
the mud in the bottom of the bucket. The filter looked clean. The gunk in
the bottom of the bucket shows what all came out of the filter.
I washed the filter from the inside out with low pressure warm water for a
couple minutes. Then I did the amazing spinning act out on my porch. I'm
sure my neighbors think I've gone nuts.
I usually use a fan to speed the drying process. Don't use compressed air
or any heat source to dry your filter. It will part the filter strands and
allow debris into your engine.
After I am sure the filter is totally dry, I oil it with the spray type oil
made by aFe, install it, and work on getting it dirty again.