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Question Cleaning Cold Air Filter...

Are there any alternatives to cleaning a cold air filter besides the "recharge kit"? Would carb cleaner or brake clean then rinsing it with water be fine?
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I think carb and brake cleaner would be too harsh.
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Cleaning it with carb or brake cleaner would strip it of the oil it needs to filter dust.. Thats why the "Recharge Kit" comes with a cleaner and oil.. Not sure what you could use insted of the oil they give you..
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Recharge kits are pretty reasonable. I got mine at the local auto store for approx $15-20. They last a longtime unless you are cleaning the filter more frequently.

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I clean my K&N once a year and even that is a bit excessive

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The general rule of thumb is that the filter needs to be cleaned when the dirt build up gets as thick as the wire mesh. The usual interval is 30,000 - 50,000 miles depending on driving conditions. We recommend that you check your filter about once a year in normal usage.
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The cleaner can be a household detergent / kitchen orange degreaser, but I'd stick with the real oil.

Just remember whatever you do, do not over oil! I spray mine until the colors JUST show up on the other side AFTER sitting overnight. Even then, my intake temp sensor got coated in a layer of dirt / oil.
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