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Old 25th November 2008, 12:45   #16
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Having a pictorial guide is a great idea.
Appreciate the initiative, and will wait for things to come
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Old 25th November 2008, 13:05   #17
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I'm not sure, but I'm guessing the common home vacuum-cleaner could help here - most of them have a 'blower' attachment that usually goes into where the air's exhaled from the machine.

P.S. - Even otherwise, can't one of the brush attachments be used to clean the filter ?
Never ever use a brush for cleaning the filter coz it will widen the pores of the filter and eventually destroy its functionality, and the filter won't be a filter anymore.
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Old 25th November 2008, 14:42   #18
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Default A pictorial guide to cleaning air filter at home

This is for a swift diesel.

@ greenhorn: your indica will also have the air filter in the starting only. next to the battery only i guess.

open the hood
air filter is placed next to the battery
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unscrew the filter box
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open the filter compartment and pull it out
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clean the filter and put it back
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now tighten the screw back.

you have a relatively clean air filter.
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Old 25th November 2008, 15:48   #19
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Great job white_vdi.. I did that yesterday but cud'nt take the pics..
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Old 25th November 2008, 15:58   #20
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Yup I was talking about OE filters. I've seen the K&N guide for aftermarket filters K&N Air Filter Cleaning Instructions
Slightly OT, I tried a lot to get the K&N cleaning kit in Bangalore 2 months ago. Tried in JC Road and Hot tracks. Everyone said that it was not available in the market anymore. Finally I had to settle down to Green cotton filter kit. Now my K&N looks ugly with green streaks on violet background.
Did any Bangalore guys buy the K&N cleaning kit recently? let me know the place and cost.
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Old 25th November 2008, 16:08   #21
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you missed the part where you actually clean the filter , i mean, is there any sort of technique, precautions etc to be etc
something along the lines of rishibravo's post here http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/modifi...tml#post545232 (Cleaning a K&N conical filter)
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Hey dude that was pretty fast and cheers to you for that. But how did you clean that filter out? pressurised air? or hitting against the walls or floor?
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Old 25th November 2008, 16:25   #23
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my car is due for service in another 1000kms so just banged it against a wall. ALOT of dirt and foreign particles came out. you can use the vacuum cleaner that we have at home. just blow air inside out. nothing major.
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The new TATA Safari (2.2) filter from MAHLE costs 600 Rs. I don't think it's cheap !!!
Well I do think that is REALLY cheap compared to repairing a damaged engine. What I really don't understand is how one can afford a car worth 10 lakhs like a Safari, but has a problem purchasing a lousy Rs.600 filter?

Cleaning an OEM filter is about the worst way to try and save money that I can imagine. Don't do it. You run the risk of serious engine damage due to a leaking filter.
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Cleaning an OEM filter is about the worst way to try and save money that I can imagine. Don't do it. You run the risk of serious engine damage due to a leaking filter.

Reusing the same filter for years at a stretch is certainly not a good idea, but I dont think there should be any harm in blowing the dust out once 2 months or so.(Provided care is taken to not to damage the filter).

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OE or paper filter elements are not designed to be cleanable. Blowing compressed air may damage the filter element and allow dust to enter the intake causing engine damage over time.
I change air filters in my Viva CRDi every 5000 kms. But at every 2500 kms, I normally follow this procedure...

Take out OE filter...

"Thoko" it gently against a wall or something, for a minute or so making the loose dust falls out...

Reinstall....

Is it a good way/bad way?

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Old 27th November 2008, 09:35   #27
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For safari 2.2l, clean every 7,500kms, replace every 30,000 Kms (dusty conditions), 45,000 Kms (Normal conditions) OR when the Red band appears in the dust indicator.
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Thought most diesels (hatches) get their air filter replaced every 10k or so.
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this thread made me open up and clean my accent's filter


how do we know that filter is at the end of its usable life?
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Here is how I do an OE filter clean:

Remove OE filter, deposit it in dustbin.

Install new filter.

OE or paper filter elements are not designed to be cleanable. Blowing compressed air may damage the filter element and allow dust to enter the intake causing engine damage over time.
I agree with you. A better option will be to get a K & N stock replacement. Though priced a bit higher, but its worth it. Cleaning required only after 20-30k kms and never need a replacement. (Unless you drive your vehicle for more than 1 million Miles - thats 10 lakh Miles!!!)

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Slightly OT, I tried a lot to get the K&N cleaning kit in Bangalore 2 months ago. Tried in JC Road and Hot tracks. Everyone said that it was not available in the market anymore. Finally I had to settle down to Green cotton filter kit. Now my K&N looks ugly with green streaks on violet background.
Did any Bangalore guys buy the K&N cleaning kit recently? let me know the place and cost.
Last time i enquired about a month back it was available at Indranagar. I forgot the shop name. Its in the adjacent lane to that Bus depot. He the dealer and supplier for Bangalore.
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