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Unread 11-04-2006, 03:39 PM   #1
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So I have a 1997 Saturn SL1 (don't laugh). A friend of mine got me a conical air filter two years ago to replace the stock set-up. I don't even know what brand it is at this point anymore...but it's blue and it works really well. I was wondering...how do I go about cleaning it?

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It's probably a K&N Filter. That's all I'll say, however, because I've never had one and I've never cleaned one. I'll possibly be getting one for my car some time in the near future, though.

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If its meant to be cleaned there are usually cleaning kits for them, it consists of a light solvent that you use to scrub it, then you rinse it off with water, let dry, and spray on a special oil that comes with it. K&N makes these kits for their filters. If it isnt a lifetime filter, then its probably just a paper cone filter, which you cannot clean because it will just fall apart.

K&N makes the best filter, they have the highest flow rates, and really do last forever!People often think its a rip off for a filter, but if you think about it, its cheaper. you can buy 10-15 cheap $10-15 filters throughout a cars life for it, or buy 1 good one for $40-60. Thats like $600 vs $60... which would you buy? Not to mention the K&N gives more power and better gas milage due to it high flow rates.
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If its meant to be cleaned there are usually cleaning kits for them, it consists of a light solvent that you use to scrub it, then you rinse it off with water, let dry, and spray on a special oil that comes with it. K&N makes these kits for their filters. If it isnt a lifetime filter, then its probably just a paper cone filter, which you cannot clean because it will just fall apart.

K&N makes the best filter, they have the highest flow rates, and really do last forever!People often think its a rip off for a filter, but if you think about it, its cheaper. you can buy 10-15 cheap $10-15 filters throughout a cars life for it, or buy 1 good one for $40-60. Thats like $600 vs $60... which would you buy? Not to mention the K&N gives more power and better gas milage due to it high flow rates.

Thanks! I'm pretty sure it's a lifetime filter. It's one thing I remember about the packaging.
I really need to "spruce" up this car...for my own sake I guess. I know it'll never be too fast, but improving things here and there should help. My next step is to get an aluminum tube for the air intake.

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Thanks! I'm pretty sure it's a lifetime filter. It's one thing I remember about the packaging.
I really need to "spruce" up this car...for my own sake I guess. I know it'll never be too fast, but improving things here and there should help. My next step is to get an aluminum tube for the air intake.
Ya keep the filter cleaned about every 8-10k miles for optimal efficiency. And getting that ccol air intake kit can help by a few HP and maybe some improvement in gas milage... There is alot you can do to improve efficiency and power of many engines for fairly cheap. Ehause would be the next thing to work on, if you can get a cheap cat-back w/ high flow muffler that would have noticable improvements.
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Well no idea about cleaning the filter but make use of it untill its working properly change the idea about cleaning instead clean the mudguards of your cars tyres and the thing works great in all cars i hope in future i install them too in my car

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If I were you I'd look up a K&N cone filter and see if the element looks the same. If it does, I'd probably go ahead and use the K&N filter cleaner on it - just be sure to oil it after you clean it. (You can get a cleaner/oil kit for $30 at most auto stores.)

I know for a fact that any of the BBK filters can be cleaned using the K&N cleaner, so like I said I'd just look around online to find a similar filter and see how it's supposed to be cleaned.

Also, do you talk to your friend anymore? It wouldn't hurt to ask him what brand it is.
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If you want to "clean" it, take an air compressor and blow it out. You should really change your air filter every year or so.
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If you want to "clean" it, take an air compressor and blow it out. You should really change your air filter every year or so.
No, many if not most aftermarket cone filters are reusable. And you really shouldn't clean it without oiling it afterward (assuming it requires oil).
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