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Username Post: All out of K&N filter cleaner, a substitute?        (Topic#104235)
Big_Paul 
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06-16-05 08:48 PM - Post#720812    

I've got plenty of oil left, and i'd hate to have to buy a new kit.

I've heard that 409 would be a good substitute for the K&N cleaner, or it's basically the same stuff that K&N puts in their bottles?

I have some Greased Lightning, plenty of it, would that work?

Thanks.

'96 C-1500 305
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slimlynn1 
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Re: All out of K&N filter cleaner, a substitute?
06-17-05 03:07 AM - Post#720813    
    In response to Big_Paul

Anything that will cut oil and grease should work.

1988 K5 Blazer, 377 TH400 NP208 4000 stall, 14 FF, D44, 4.1 gears, 37" Boggers. 1980 Z28 Camaro T-tops, 4 speed, 383 YeHa!!


 
SuperSport 
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Re: All out of K&N filter cleaner, a substitute?
06-17-05 03:09 AM - Post#720814    
    In response to Big_Paul

Yep, 409, degreaser, even hot water and dishwashing liquid.
~SS~



 
hotwheels57 
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Re: All out of K&N filter cleaner, a substitute?
06-17-05 06:52 AM - Post#720815    
    In response to Big_Paul

I think K&N plans for us using more of the cleaner than the oil...I use SIMPLE GREEN and it works fine, but I clean my filters out at 5,000-7,500 miles before they really get dirty.

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Mike 
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Re: All out of K&N filter cleaner, a substitute?
06-17-05 08:35 AM - Post#720816    
    In response to Big_Paul

I'm using Castrol Super Clean.



 
Thadd 
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Re: All out of K&N filter cleaner, a substitute?
06-17-05 09:13 AM - Post#720817    
    In response to Mike

Paul
That trick pink oil that they sell you is plain old 10 weight with a red dye in it

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Ts57 
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Re: All out of K&N filter cleaner, a substitute?
06-17-05 09:57 AM - Post#720818    
    In response to Thadd

Will transmission fluid work as well?

Texas T's57


 
Mike 
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Re: All out of K&N filter cleaner, a substitute?
06-17-05 10:08 AM - Post#720819    
    In response to Thadd

Thadd ,where did you get the 10w oil info from?



 
SuperSport 
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Re: All out of K&N filter cleaner, a substitute?
06-17-05 10:32 AM - Post#720820    
    In response to Mike

I know the filter oil I use is alot stickier than any motor oil, or any oil for that matter.
~SS~



 
Mike 
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Re: All out of K&N filter cleaner, a substitute?
06-17-05 10:38 AM - Post#720821    
    In response to SuperSport

In the spray can version , it needs to be or it would just run off.
The bottled version isn't that sticky.



 
Lee M. 
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Loc: Antioch, CA.
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Re: All out of K&N filter cleaner, a substitute?
06-17-05 11:49 PM - Post#720822    
    In response to Mike

diesel would work real good for cleaning.

No, it's not a diesel, it just sounds like one.


 
Big_Paul 
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Re: All out of K&N filter cleaner, a substitute?
06-18-05 02:00 AM - Post#720823    
    In response to Lee M.

I might just try some Greased Lightning, I really like the stuff, it works great for everything i've used it to clean.

I would just try some Dove and warm water in the sink, but my mom would have one hellova fit.

'96 C-1500 305
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Eddies 55 
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Re: All out of K&N filter cleaner, a substitute?
06-18-05 02:40 AM - Post#720824    
    In response to Big_Paul

Quote:



I would just try some Dove and warm water in the sink, but my mom would have one hellova fit.




You should have been around in 1964 when my buddy got the brillant idea of "pre heating" 6 quarts of Pennzoil for a new motor startup in his mother's oven on a cookie sheet, too bad he didn't think about the cans bursting in the hot oven. Fire trucks were called, lower level needed new carpets and paint, upper level ONLY needed carpets and walls cleaned.

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72novaproject 
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Re: All out of K&N filter cleaner, a substitute?
06-18-05 03:18 AM - Post#720825    
    In response to Big_Paul

I don't have one of those filters. Heck, my car wont even run but I would just like to add this...

I raced Moto-X for a number of years in very dusty conditions. I used to wash my air filter in gasoline (hey, it was the 70's) but a good solvent like NAPTHA would be great to clean all the oil out. You would be surprised how much more dirt will come out if you follow the solvent wash with a warm water detergent wash like liquid dish washing soap.

The theory is that dirt is soluable in water only. The petroleum solvent will carry away the dirt trapped in the filter oil but not the dirt trapped in the filter. Clean the filter in solvent as clean as you can get it. Dry it completely. Wash it in a 5 gal warm water & detergent bucket and see how much more dirt is in the bottom when you pour it out.

Steve



 
JES_AR15 
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Re: All out of K&N filter cleaner, a substitute?
06-18-05 04:00 AM - Post#720826    
    In response to Ts57

Quote:

Will transmission fluid work as well?




i used that on my daily driver filter. i don't know how well its holding up though, havn't looked at it since. i gotta check it out.



 
Thadd 
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Re: All out of K&N filter cleaner, a substitute?
06-18-05 08:28 AM - Post#720827    
    In response to Mike

Mike...
I used to be a dealer for K&N, and their sales guy told me that after he went to work for someone else

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hotwheels57 
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Re: All out of K&N filter cleaner, a substitute?
06-18-05 08:47 AM - Post#720828    
    In response to Thadd

...probably went to work for an oil company...

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Vaughn 
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Re: All out of K&N filter cleaner, a substitute?
06-18-05 10:47 AM - Post#720829    
    In response to hotwheels57

I've heard that ATF works fine. I've had K&N filters on my bike for about 15 years, I've used ATF whenever I clean them. The ATF comes out pretty easily with dishwashing soap and water. I've avoided harsh cleaners because I don't want to break down the gauze in the filters. The filters are still going strong.



 
someotherguy 
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Re: All out of K&N filter cleaner, a substitute?
06-18-05 01:04 PM - Post#720830    
    In response to Vaughn

Isn't that what ATF is anyway? 10 or 15W oil with some red dye in it, detergent packages, and whatever agents added to keep it from foaming?

Richard

06 Silverado ISS / 06 Silverado SS / 06 300C SRT8


 
Mcloud 
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12-04-17 08:52 AM - Post#2716831    
    In response to Big_Paul

I soak my K&N filter in detergent and hot water, let it dry overnight, then put some Marvel Mystery oil in a spray bottle and lightly spray some in the filter.

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IgnitionMan 
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12-04-17 04:33 PM - Post#2716883    
    In response to Big_Paul

K&N, founded by Ken & Norm. I've known those people for 40 years.

K&N filter cleaner IS Formula 409. A good alternate is a product you can get at Family Dollar and other stores, "L.A.'s Totally Awesome" cleaner. Wash off with hot water and soap.

The "oil" is Dexron type ATF.



 
gchemist 
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12-06-17 05:28 AM - Post#2717034    
    In response to IgnitionMan

Very interesting. I keep a stash of oil and cleaner handy. Good to know about alternatives.

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IgnitionMan 
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12-06-17 05:43 PM - Post#2717110    
    In response to gchemist

Ken Johnson, Norm McDonald, Riverside Kawasaki, eons ago.

Smell the K&N cleaner, and then, the Formula 409, they used to smell identical.



 




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