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    Default Air filter - what if you don't fit it

    Hi there

    Bit of a strange question this but what would happen if you forgot to fit your air filter and started your car. My mate says his car burst into flames a few years ago because he forgot to refit his air filter and then started the engine. I thought this was a bit odd as surley it just filters the air !?

    Anyone got a technical explanation of why this is or is not possible?

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    hmm ! some cars play up without the filter fitted ! some are ok ! i'm getting a strong wiff of a pork pie type smell ! he he

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    this is BS.

    The filter simply filters the air to remove debris, dust etc to prevent engine / component damage.

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    I ran my 1995 2.0 SRI without a filter to see if it effected the performance on a quick run.. to be honest I didnt notice any difference and the car definately didn't burst into flames

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    Also that talk of pie has made me hungry and im now regretting having missed my breakfast this morning

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