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Old 08-22-2005, 02:55 PM
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K&N Air Filter Oil Substitute?

I use K&N air filters on all my cars...if nothing else, they save space in the landfill by not having to throw out all those used air filters.

Anyway, I'm running low on K&N filter oil...of course this seems like "regular" oil...but what kind?

Any ideas on what I can use in place of the K&N oil? Motor oil? What viscosity? Tranny fluid?

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Old 08-22-2005, 06:00 PM
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That oil should last a long time, overoiling those filters makes them less efficient. I've used one FIPK on two vehicles for around 150k miles and haven't used 1/4 of the oil...
I'm not a doctor, but I'll have a look.

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Old 08-22-2005, 09:39 PM
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"regular" oil will just drain off of the filter by gravity leaving the filter dry of oil. If the k+n stuff isnt handy you can use the stuff from a motorcycle store designed to oil foam motorcycle filters.
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Old 08-23-2005, 12:30 AM
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K & N oil substitutes

As mentioned already.Over oiling is just a waste.The big thing about K & N oil is that it's extreemly tacky.I've been using these filters for the past twenty years,and always had to special order them untill recently.Needless to say the oil is still kind of a rarity around here.So I compared different kinds of oils to find what was closest.Bar & Chain oil for chainsaws is virtually the same as far as I can tell.Gear lube is a close second,but boy does it stink when it gets warm.
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