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Old 04-16-2006, 05:24 PM   #1
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Recharge Air Filter

I got a MAC CAI roughly eight months ago. Seen hot and cold weather. wondering if I should clean/recharge it and how do I do it. Thanks in advance.
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Re: Recharge Air Filter

I think they are cotton and you can use the K&N recharge kit on it though. Don't quote me on that though.

I don't think you need to re-oil it yet though. Maybe just use and air compressor and blow in to out on the filter.
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If you got a MAC CAI you should have a blue filter on it right? If it's blue than it is usally made by Holley. They have their own filter oil but I have been told K&N works just as well.


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Re: Recharge Air Filter

Oh and see if A&A or someone has it. If they dont try the K&N, check your sensors after a few miles of driving, make sure they aren't gunked up from the oil being wrong or you using too much. Like I said the K&N has been known to work, don't see a reason for it not too.
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Re: Recharge Air Filter

thanks. yes, blue filter. so should I just replace the filter or should i get one of these K&N or Holley (if i can find it) recharge kits?
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Re: Recharge Air Filter

Get the oil the filter shouldn't go bad, but since yours is so new. I wouldn't worry about it.
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just use the K&N kit. You'll be fine.
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K&N recommends that you start by gently tapping the filter to dislodge any big chunks. Go easy, you can damage the filter if you hit the actual filter portion, only tap on the edges. Then you can use a soft bristled brush VERY GENTLY to remove big things that are still left on. NEVER try to brush on the filter media itself, only on the stuff stuck to the filter. Better to leave a few chunks than tear the cotton filter media.
Then you should spray the filter with K&N filter cleaner. ONLY USE K&N CLEANER. It is very inexpensive and the only product guaranteed to properly clean your K&N filter and not damage the cotton fibers. It is cheap enough that there is no excuse for using anything else. I like that K&N makes their cleaning/re-oiling kits very affordable, they don't try to make these products a profit center.
After soaking the element, let it sit for about 10 minutes. Then use a gentle stream of water from the back side (opposite of air flow) to rinse it out. NEVER use high pressure AIR or WATER. I use the kitchen sink most of the time. Most hoses for car washing have way too much pressure, turn down the pressure to a gentle stream.
The filter should now be white or some older filters may have a slight grey cast to them. This is OK.
Let the filter air dry. I clean my filters either in the evening so they can dry overnight, or when I start a day-long detail session. When the next day dawns or the detail is over, the filter is ready to oil. NEVER USE high heat or hair dryers to dry your filter. Let it air dry.
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Re: Recharge Air Filter

a MAJOR tip you REALLY need to do is: After driving the car a week clean the MAF sensor as it gets that cleaner oil stuff on it and makes the car idle odd (or can) and what not. Then 3 weeks later do it again. It takes like one minute to do it... use ON CONTACT NO RESIDUE electrical cleaner you can get it at autozone.
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a MAJOR tip you REALLY need to do is: After driving the car a week clean the MAF sensor as it gets that cleaner oil stuff on it and makes the car idle odd (or can) and what not. Then 3 weeks later do it again. It takes like one minute to do it... use ON CONTACT NO RESIDUE electrical cleaner you can get it at autozone.
The MAF is located between the pipe and the filter asm right? Thanks I didn't know that. I'll keep it in mind.
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the MAF is the black thing that is bolted near or right before the air fitler, it has a sensor pluged into it.
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Re: Recharge Air Filter

Anytime you clean a filter, don't soak it in oil afterwards, just mist it with 1 or 2 pumps. I would personally just replace the filters.
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