Unoiled air filter.


It is common practice in many amateur-built engine installations, from Rotaxes to Lycomings, to use K&N filters. They do a wonderful job of filtering the air, and they are reusable. However, they only are able to perform correctly if they are properly cared for. They should be cleaned annually at a minimum with K&N filter cleaner and then lightly oiled with K&N filter oil. Without the oil, which leaves a slight pink color on the filter, they will not filter properly. The one in the photo above was not oiled.

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Vic is a commercial pilot, CFII with ASMEL/ASES ratings, an A&P/IA, DAR, and EAA technical advisor and flight counselor. Passionately involved in aviation for over 40 years, he has built 11 aircraft and logged over 10,000 hours in 72 different kinds of aircraft. Vic volunteers as a Young Eagle pilot and Angel Flight pilot. He chairs the EAA Homebuilt Council and is a member of EAA’s board of directors. He also has his own sport aviation business called Base Leg Aviation.


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