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Old 04-28-2010, 04:40 PM   #1
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Fun times cleaning k&n air filter!

So i just attempted to clean my k&n air filter for the first time and that was a doozy. Turns out there are two regular screws and two impossible to reach with any wrench hex cap screws. i managed to get one of them out and the regular screws came out easy. anywho with one screw rusted stuck in there i managed to yank out the filter. currently in the cleaning process, but what i cant figure out is which way its supposed to go back in? the clean side or more dirty side?

p.s. anybody else had a similar issue with the screws?


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The "dirty" side would be on the bottom, as that's where it's pulling the outside air from.
(You are talking about a K&N in the stock airbox, aren't you?)

I always use a 1/4" drive socket (8mm IIRC) for the airbox screws.
(They are also slotted which allows you to use a standard flat-blade screwdriver instead.)
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The "dirty" side would be on the bottom, as that's where it's pulling the outside air from.
(You are talking about a K&N in the stock airbox, aren't you?)

I always use a 1/4" drive socket (8mm IIRC) for the airbox screws.
(They are also slotted which allows you to use a standard flat-blade screwdriver instead.)
no only two of mine were slotted is what im saying
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In that case, 1/4" drive socket (on a nut driver or a 1/4" ratchet with extension) is your friend.
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yeah, i cant get some of this gunk out thats like deep inside it, i dont a brush that will go that deep, i tried with a toothbrush... haha. ive washed it with the spray and water twice now
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make sure you are spraying it the correct way! spray through the top (flat spot) only! If you spray through the pleats up into the filter, you will drive the gunk up in there and it won't come out. I always smack mine on the side of the sink fairly hard to dislodge most of the junk in there before I spray it down.
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make sure you are spraying it the correct way! spray through the top (flat spot) only! If you spray through the pleats up into the filter, you will drive the gunk up in there and it won't come out. I always smack mine on the side of the sink fairly hard to dislodge most of the junk in there before I spray it down.

yeah it took me awhile and theres still some gunk in there but i think its as clean as it'll be. waiting for it dry now
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ok so I had a hard time putting the thing back in with a screw left inside. but the two screws that were not flathead screws are messed up. the one screw goes all the way in without needing to be screwed in, but the head gets stuck in, so its as if its screwed in... but its not. the screw behind it is stuck screwed all the way in but the head is lose. i tightened it a little bit and they are all four all the way in and the thing is not budging at all. but im kind of worried that maybe somehow they could pop out or something.
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just take the whole box out and find a way to remove the screws and put new ones in that are easier to remove for next time or atleast a little more secure
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just take the whole box out and find a way to remove the screws and put new ones in that are easier to remove for next time or atleast a little more secure
yeah i just don't trust myself doing that, what kind of a place would do that for a reasonable price? i feel like the dealer would just say i should replace the whole thing
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