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    Default Cleaning and oiling a K&N panel

    I fitted a K&N in my 1.8 petrol Vec about 6 months ago and haven't touched it since.

    I've got no problems with it at all (good economy/performance etc), just wondered how often I should take it out and clean and re-oil it.

    Any advice much appreciated, always used disposible filters before.

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    I've always done mine a couple of times a year.
    I have a paper filter to put in when ever the K&N is being cleaned.
    Just remember when cleaning, make sure its dry before oiling & do not over oil

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    And dont force dry it, ie use a hairdryer or put in it on a Rad.
    You need the K and N cleaning kit as well, has a bottle of cleaner and a bottle of oil.
    Need to do mine as well
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    I plan to leave mine for at least 2 years between cleaning (approx 10k miles/year for me), maybe I will stretch this to 3 years. Do not see any point in doing it sooner as the environment I drive in is never particularly dustie.

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    I just checked this on K&N's website. They say that oiling a panel filter at every 50k miles is ok, and that the trapped dirt does help the filter to work!!??

    http://www.aptfast.com/KN_Additional...leaning_KN.htm

    Only needs to be oiled more often if you drive in a paticularly dusty enviroment. i.e around construction sites etc.

    I'm quite glad as I haven't done mine at all, it has been installed since june 2007. Was oringinally thinking it needed to be done every year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silentknight View Post
    I just checked this on K&N's website. They say that oiling a panel filter at every 50k miles is ok, and that the trapped dirt does help the filter to work!!??

    http://www.aptfast.com/KN_Additional...leaning_KN.htm

    Only needs to be oiled more often if you drive in a paticularly dusty enviroment. i.e around construction sites etc.

    I'm quite glad as I haven't done mine at all, it has been installed since june 2007. Was oringinally thinking it needed to be done every year!
    Completely agree

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    Bearing in mind that VX don't replace the paper one until 80,000 I woudn't be too worried if it's only been on 6 months

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    clean mine every 10K Miles habit really from when i'v had 57i's on other cars

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    I have never re oiled a k&n panel or induction kit usualy just fire up the compressor and give it a good blowout have heard alot of stories about oily deposits causing MAF failures.

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