View Full Version : Is it safe to use a cone filter without oiling it??

03-04-2004, 12:50 AM
Just bought a new cone air filter today for 30$$ The guy who sold it to me said to never oil it cause it will degrade the filter.

He said he just replaces his every 6 months and never oils it:confused:

Is this such a bad thing to not oil the cone??:eek:

03-04-2004, 02:17 AM
Any decent filter will come pre-oiled.

03-04-2004, 03:12 AM
Do you have a cone filter??

03-04-2004, 03:53 AM
Yup, a K&N.

03-04-2004, 04:58 AM
How often to you clean and oil it?? and would you ever put back on your car wothout oil??

03-04-2004, 04:59 AM
I've only had it in for a max of 10k, I haven't cleaned it yet. I would always oil it before I re-install it.

03-04-2004, 02:25 PM
I clean mine about every year, and without the oil its useless. The size of particles that can get through a non oiled filter will be pretty bad for the car....the oil traps the particles on the gauze. If you look at the difference between a standard paper type of filter and compare it to a non oiled K&N you can see just how much less dense the K&N is, this is because the oil on the K&N works to trap most of the dirt and dust.

03-04-2004, 02:27 PM
^^^ Keep in mind thats just with K&N, I don't know about other brands, but I would assume they are the same as long as they are the gauze type. Foam type cone filters are different I think.