Washable & Reusable Filter
K&N Air Filters are designed differently. These filters have multiple layers of an oil cotton fabric to capture debris. The fabric is then enveloped in a pleated aluminum mesh. This concertina shape increases the surface area available to filter. A K&N Air filter is able to maintain its performance throughout its life, rather than decreasing like traditional filters.
It does this by capturing contaminants in the fibers of the filter and then holding them in suspension in the oil. Inch for inch, when compared with traditional style filters, a K&N replacement has as much as a 300% in airflow.
Longer lasting, better for the environment
K&N Air filters will also last the lifespan of your vehicle. They are backed by a limited 1,000,000 mile guarantee. The filter is washable and reusable, using a kit available from the manufacturer. Typically the filter needs to be washed and re-oiled between every 30,000 - 50,000 miles. In the long run, you should save money fitting one of these filters versus regularly replacing a paper one.
The K&N website claims that you’ll see as much as a 4% increase in horsepower and torque. This video on YouTube demonstrates the difference, as tested on a dyno, just by fitting a new K&N air filter. The gains are solid!
In the past, I’ve fitted K&N filters to a number of my vehicles. The difference is marked. The engine seems to rev more freely, pick-up slightly quicker (in-line with the increase in torque) and often you can hear the air getting sucked into the filter, more so than a standard filter.
Fitting a K&N filter is simple, they tailor each filter to fit specific car models and their airbox. Changing out the old filter is as simple as opening up the air box, pulling out the old filter, checking for any trash behind the paper filter, cleaning and replacing the airbox with the new filter in place. Just like changing any other filter.
As a word of warning, never be tempted to run a car without a filter to increase airflow and remove the restriction entirely. Even at a road circuit, there’s lots of debris and trash in the air, thrown up by the car in front. These can get inside the engine, causing catastrophic damage.