Friday, July 10, 2009

Reject The Recession, Car Style #3

Let's talk about air filters. Chances are, you do not change your air filter as often as you should, BUT maybe you would clean it, IF it was reusable. I have a K&N air filter in my truck. Unlike a conventional filter, this one can be cleaned and used over and over again. Clean air filters help your gas mileage and help your engines last longer. A reusable filter may save you money in the long run and increase horsepower!

Here's how you clean a K&N Filter... First, take it out a lay it on the ground.

Make sure you have the right kind of cleaner and oil. I paid about $10 for this and it can be used for several cleanings.
Spray the cleaner into every crack on the filter. Leave it on for 10 minutes...

Rinse well. Do not use high pressure... a simple flush is recommended.

Once the filter is dry, spray on the oil on the "dirty-incoming" side. You may have to make a few passes on the filter. Once it is all red, it's ready to go back in!

It's that simple. I know there are other brands of reusable filters, but I'm not familiar with them. If you have a better product, please feel free to share!
Take care,


Ben Holcomb said...

I've been looking for a new truck. Once I get one, I plan to put a K&N filter in it. I keep my air filter regularly changed out, and can't imagine how much I've spent on air filters for my truck, along with how much landfill space I have used throwing the old ones away. What a waste!

Anonymous said...

You do such a good job at explaining things! The station should give you a 'how to' segment!

Mom said...

There really should be a brief showing and reshowing of each topic maybe every night of a week so that those who work or are away could tape it or arrange to see it the next night.
Many years ago a mechanic at our church taught a very simple course of what is under the hood to us ladies at church and I actually went and understood most all of it!