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Old 09-11-2013, 01:00 PM   #11
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Damage the MAF? maybe over a super extended period of time.

More likely F'up the readings because it's coated in oil and then coated in crap that passes over it, modifying what it reads which may then cause issues with the engine.

Noticeable? not sure.

Just spray the MAF with a little "ELECTRIC PARTS CLEANER". NOT brakekleen. No residue with EPC.
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Cleaning the maf on the '89 berretta I had made a 30% increase in fuel mileage. But that's on a 17 year old car with 150,000+ miles
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Try to resist oilling the crap out of the filter. I always clean my MAF after pilling the filter.
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Old 09-11-2013, 07:09 PM   #14
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If you're worried about it maybe just buy a dry-flow filter. Just switched over to my AEM intake and it has a dry flow.
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Any noticeable difference in the AEM intake?
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Any noticeable difference in the AEM intake?
honestly, yes. My KN made my car really jerky and I thought it was due to my mounts, but when I put the AEM on it calmed down alot. Power feels like its distributed better through the rpms vs the KN's all or nothing type feel. It felt like it didnt wanna move with a little pedal but really felt good WOT with the KN.

I think the kn gave more HP, but now I don't have to worry about heat soak as much with the AEM. This is all just IMO though, may be placebo. I have a good bit of stop and go traffic driving to work so.. I got a good deal on here for the AEM, if I ever decided to dyno it I would do the KN first for sure.
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If you're worried about it maybe just buy a dry-flow filter. Just switched over to my AEM intake and it has a dry flow.
AEM (which is now part of K&N) also has "dry-flow" filters that are drop-in replacements for the OEM variety. AEM's website doesn't have a cross-reference guide, but it does list its conical filters by dimension, one of which should be a match for the Focus.

The dry-flow filter should provide the same kind of benefits (if any) that the K&N oiled variety does. While oiling looks easy, as oil is needed to make the filter effective, the temptation will be to put on too much rather than too little. If you really overdo it, excess oil can coat the MAF and create problems, at least until it's cleaned.
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