Dos and don’ts of washing K&N air filter
5-step guide to washing K&N air filters
|For Oiled Filters:||For Dry Filters:|
|1. Spray both sides of the filter with the appropriate K&N Power Kleen degreaser, ensuring thorough coverage.||1. Spray both sides of the filter with the appropriate K&N Synthetic Air Filter Cleaner, ensuring thorough coverage.|
|2. Allow the filter to soak for about 10 minutes, being careful not to let the cleaner dry on the filter.||2. Let the filter soak for approximately 10 minutes, being careful not to let the cleaner dry on the filter.|
|3. Rinse the filter with low-pressure water, starting from the clean side and directing the water flow to the dirty side.||3. Rinse the filter with low-pressure water, starting from the clean side and directing the water flow to the dirty side.|
|4. Gently shake the filter to remove excess water and let it air dry naturally in a safe place. Avoid using compressed air or heat sources for drying.||4. Gently shake the filter to remove excess water. You may use pressurized air to speed up the drying process.|
|5. Once the filter is completely dry, apply a bead of K&N air filter oil across each pleat on both sides. Allow the oil to soak in for approximately 20 minutes, ensuring an even red color across the entire filter.||5. Ensure the filter is completely dry before proceeding to the next step.|
Can I use any cleaning products or degreasers to wash my K&N air filter?
No, it is important to use the recommended K&N cleaning products specifically designed for their air filters. Using other cleaning agents or degreasers may damage the filter and compromise its performance.
Can I use a high-pressure water sprayer or pressurized air to rinse the filter?
No, it is not recommended to use high-pressure water sprayers or pressurized air to rinse the filter. This can potentially damage the filter material. Instead, use low-pressure water and ensure the water flows from the clean side to the dirty side of the filter.
Can I accelerate the drying process by using compressed air or heat sources?
No, it is advised to let the filter air dry naturally in a safe place. Using compressed air or heat sources like heaters can damage the filter. Avoid using such methods and allow the filter to dry completely before reinstallation.
Can I reinstall a wet or damp filter into the vehicle?
No, it is important to ensure that the filter is completely dry before reinstalling it into the vehicle. Installing a wet or damp filter can lead to reduced performance and potential damage to the engine. Therefore, wait until the filter is completely dry before proceeding with the reinstallation.
How often should I clean my K&N air filter?
The frequency of cleaning depends on various factors such as driving conditions and environment. As a general guideline, inspect your engine air filter annually and clean it when the wire mesh is covered. Cabin air filters should be cleaned once a year.