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Cleaning and re-oiling K & N filter

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Das it mang, May 28, 2019.

  1. May 28, 2019 at 11:56 AM
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    Hey all,

    May be a very silly question, but if I can avoid spending the extra money then it will help me out greatly. I have left over spectre performance air filter oil from when I had my 1997 ram (before it was stolen, used to run drugs for 3 weeks, and burned to the ground; yikes). I was wondering when I get around to cleaning my K & N drop-in filter, can I use the spectre oil to re-oil the filter? It is not brand specific, correct?

    Thanks!
     
  2. May 28, 2019 at 12:00 PM
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    A can of K&N oil is like $10.

    I mean, you're "probably" fine, but not knowing the difference in the porosity of the filter materials, and the viscosity and other factors of the oils, I'd just buy the K&N stuff...
     
  3. May 28, 2019 at 12:22 PM
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    AH, okay. Hate to say it but I hadn't even checked the price of the oil yet; just assumed I could save some $$ if possible. At 10 bones it's definitely not worth the risk then, if like you stated the viscosity of the oil may be different. I still have a good amount to go until it needs a cleaning, I just noticed I still had the bottle leftover. Thanks for your help!
     
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    yep, pretty inexpensive.

    https://www.amazon.com/99-0516-Air-...&n+filter+oil&qid=1559072601&s=gateway&sr=8-3
     
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    careful when re-oiling... MAF's dont like air filter oil.
     
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    If you dunk it in oil, yeah probably.

    I've never had a problem with my MAF when following the directions.

    I've got ~120k miles on mine and have had to clean the MAF once, and it wasn't oily...
     
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    Was about to ask how light of a layer I should do if that's the case. I have seen many people on here complaining about it, but with my Ram it never had an issue with the oil. Although, doubt it had a MAF. I usually would do a thin layer on both sides with the other filter, would that be appropriate in this case as well, then?
     
  8. May 28, 2019 at 7:31 PM
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    The instructions just say to apply a thin coat on each pleat (1 side) with the sprayer 3" away, let it dry for ~20 minutes, then re-spray any white spots. I'm sure K&N has posted a video of the proper technique.

    With my "cold air" intake, good luck getting a thin even coat on the inside of the cone filter...

    I have a K&N on my dirtbike too, and this is how I've done it. I've ridden that thing in some really damn dusty conditions, and the inside has always been perfectly clean.
     
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    Lightly oil it (one smooth solid pass) and get a paper towel to soak up the extra. I still use KN filter and haven’t had a problem yet.

    OEM filter are just fibers. KN has the fibers and oil so I would think even if you didn’t put enough oil on the KN you still would be fine. You also have the engine oil and filter to do the job.
     
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    Makes sense, thank you all! Super appreciative of the help on here!
     
  11. May 30, 2019 at 9:50 PM
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    I bought the K&N cleaning kit for my filter. The spray degreaser runs out much quicker then the oil (you only need a very light spray so it should last a long time). I just use Simple Green to clean the filter now and it works fine. Never seen any oil on my MAF...
     
  12. May 31, 2019 at 9:47 AM
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    simple green soak to clean it. Blow it dry. Soak in Marvel M. Let it drip off . Re install. Several times over the last 3 years. No issues
     

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