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    Need some advice for the 1st clean of my panel filter.

    The local car accessory shop has the K & N cleaning spay and they are going to order the re-oiling spray for me.

    The first question is – do I need to use the branded K & N spray (£9.99). Just wondering if it was glorified soapy water or there is an identical household cleaning spray that I could get from the supermarket.

    The second question relates to the re-oiling process. Any tips – I don’t want to over oil it and draw excess oil through the system.

    Thanks in advance

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    Wash it, dry it, lightly oil it. It's that simple, just don't bang it on things to get the water (it tends to damage the metal mesh...not that I ever did that..).

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    Quote Originally Posted by nutron View Post
    Wash it, dry it, .
    Did you use the K & N panel filter cleaner Nutron

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    With an old ITG foam filter i bought, i just used a bucket of hot water with washing up liquid in...few dunks and shakes in that and the water was Black...left the filter to dry overnight and re-oiled it with proper oil.

    All the cleaning spray is AFAIK (could be wrong) is a de-greaser of such to help the release of the dirt...in a very similar way to washing up liquid, but is alot more expensive.

    As for re-oiling...when i oiled my present (New) Pipercross panel filter, i layed it upside down on some newspaper, and upon recommendation by a gadgy at Pipercross, sprayed approx' half the can of oil into the filter giving it even coats...then left it half hour to soak in, then fitted it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadOnVaux! View Post
    With an old ITG foam filter i bought, i just used a bucket of hot water with washing up liquid in...few dunks and shakes in that and the water was Black...left the filter to dry overnight and re-oiled it with proper oil.

    All the cleaning spray is AFAIK (could be wrong) is a de-greaser of such to help the release of the dirt...in a very similar way to washing up liquid, but is alot more expensive.

    As for re-oiling...when i oiled my present (New) Pipercross panel filter, i layed it upside down on some newspaper, and upon recommendation by a gadgy at Pipercross, sprayed approx' half the can of oil into the filter giving it even coats...then left it half hour to soak in, then fitted it.
    Thanks for the feedback MadonVaux, I feel brave enough now to give the water cleaning method a go now

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    Dont use too much oil when you re do it though as always tends to cause probs with maf sensors...

    A good trick is too slighlty "bake" it once you have oiled it.. stinks the house out though..!!!

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    Well done for reminding me swatty, mine needs cleaning before i drive to spain in a few weeks

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    Good point here really... just think how many people just bang the filter in and never clean it...e.g not long took aload of bits off my freinds e46 m3 has he put it back to standard to sell..He had a gruppe m on there for just over 1 1/2 yrs should of seen the state of it..!!! car seems to of went so much better when we put the standard a/box back in so proves a point yes they do free up a good amount of power but Must be kept in good cond..!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSIPETE View Post
    Dont use too much oil when you re do it though as always tends to cause probs with maf sensors...
    Someone warned me of that exact thing when i bought mine...but none of the oil has found its way through the layers to show on the top Black mesh...

    Foam Induction cones are very different though...they pretty much do indeed suck the oil through i found.

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    Thanks for your help guys

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