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Old 07-14-2012, 11:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I saw this posted elsewhere, and it looked to be of use to all.
I will do this tomorrow and i will take b4 and after pics to show if the results are true ; )




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"this method is THE BEST BY FAR!!!!! it is EASY & FAST!!! & relatively CHEEP too!!!!

OK... i just figgered this out last weekend...arguably the BEST method i have EVER used to clean Cotton gauze air filter media....i have been cleaning these types of filtersd for about 20 years now & nothing REALLY seemed to CLEAN the stuff thoroughly......


This started because i have an SRT intake w/a AFE filter, & i was cleaning it the usual way: spray on the cleaner let it sit.. .rinse it out... blah blah... it seemed to work OK... but i could ALWAYS still see dirt & crap stuck into the filter media down deep in the grooves/pleats... this was pissing me off... so i cleaned it three times the last time ...
soak with filter cleaner..let sit, .rinse...
soak again w simple green, let sit in the HOT sun...& rinse...
then AGAIN, soak with with orange glow cleaner & simple green then let sit & rinse....

STILL there was dirt & bug parts & oil grime down in the pleats & even at the ends of the outside pleats..... WTF!! & you DO NOT want to blast it from the inside with a water or air hose.. .you will damage the cotton that needs to stay in good shape to filter properly....


Then..I had an idea......


I got a small bucket... dumped two scoops of that Oxy clean crap /powder in it & then placed the filter in there.....next i poured 1 1/2 $1.39 2 liter bottles of generic CLUB SODA in the bucket.....(about 3 litres total...dep on the bucket you use...use a smaller one to use less Club Soda etc...)

WELL!!! that **** bubbled & foamed up almost Instantly & this greasy dirty film & TONS of dirt & crap just freaking JUMPED out of the filter gauze!!!!! the foam was all topped with this yellow filter oil & dirt & grime & bug detritus .. .it was amazing that all this crap was STILL in there after cleaning it traditionally 3 times..... the Club Soda was the trick for SURE the carbonation in that just 'boiled' the crap out of the cotton gauze fibers instantly...!!

SOO much crap came out i ended up using a piece of paper to scoop the nasty oily grime & dirt & such that was riding on top of the foam in the bucket out & dumped it so i would not have to lift the filter up & out thru that ****.... i swirled the filter around in the solution for about 3- 4 minutes & then let it sit for a minute or three.....finally I just shook it in the solution for a few seconds & pulled it out... OMG.. .it was CLEANER than NEW!!! I mean it was SPARLKING clean!!!! elapsed time: 10 minutes MAX!!

ALSO....this is VERY gentle on your filter media.. .(cotton gauze) & is MUCH better than blasting it with water & or air trying to rinse out the crap or blow it out all of which are highly discouraged by the filter makers....

let it dry properly, (Note without all that residual grease & grime still clogging the filter.. .it WILL DRY MUCH FASTER !) then oil it up & reinstall.... i actually have two filters so i do not have to wait on drying & oiling the filter to drive my car when cleaning filters i just keep one all oiled & clean & ready then i can take my time cleaning drying & oiling up the other one....

you can use ANY cleaning degreasing solution I would imagine...it was the Club soda not the 'Oxy clean' that made the HUGE difference.. but feel free to copy this method to a 'T' if you want to...."



**** To re-oil, they said to just use ATF in a cheap spray bottle. Will do this weekend ; )



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Old 07-14-2012, 11:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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i just wash it with soap water than throw some towels over it and throw it in the drying machine

well now i dont use filters i just use a couple peices of tshirts
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I'm going to be photo-shooting the LS Series Showdown next month at the K&N headquarters here in Riverside. I'll ask the tech guys what they think about this
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^^^ LMAO!!! im sure the'll find it amusing

and shirts, im sure that aint ur daily driver lol
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What made you want to use club soda? I mean it seems like it would work, but what was your methodology behind choosing what to use? Almost seems random, but hey, if it works, good job!
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interesting.
club soda and oxy clean are used for so many things.
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Butt. the k&n recharge kits are like 11 dollars...and can be used multiple times. Doesnt seem worth it to do it this way lol.
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How many cycles could u do with the charge kit?
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Depends on the size of filter. On my huge K&N on my Silverado, I got maybe 3 cleanings out of your standard size recharger kit.

I literally just cleaned my AFE filter this morning with the AFE kit. I might have to try this method next time.
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hell yeah its my daily. 100 miles a day
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so today while i was working on the car i thought about this thread...


so i pulled my filter off. filled the sink up with soapy water. let the filter soak, and agitated it for a bit.

the water was pretty dirty!!

let it dry in the sun for a few hours



then i made a little slash cut out of some vacuum hose and zip tied it to my blower gun/compressed air, used that to suck ATF out of a bottle and boy oh boy did it atomize nice!!!

i sprayed some ATF on the filter and tossed it back on.

seemed to do the trick!!
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