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Replacement air filter for TDi

Marko Mar 7, 2007

  1. Marko

    Marko Member

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    I've looked at a few past threads re K&N air filters. Most refer to petrol engines. Has anyone replaced their standard filter with a K&N on 1.9TDi. I've heard they can confuse the maf sensors and in some cases cause excessive smoking.

    Also, do they really make any difference? I'm about to replace my filter and am not sure whether to get OEM or try K&N. Any thoughts much appreciated.

    Regards
     
  2. JGrant1285

    JGrant1285 Sir Scouser Benitez

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    i'm also considering the same thing. Good questions....*bookmarks page*
     
  3. james0808

    james0808 Active Member

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    Ive just took a cone filter off my TDI,It actually reduced the smoke but the induction noise wasn't for me.
     
  4. JGrant1285

    JGrant1285 Sir Scouser Benitez

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    i'm kinda swaying to the panel filter rather than a cone one.......any ideas?
     
  5. Marko

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    Me too. Simple replacement to OEM.
     
  6. james0808

    james0808 Active Member

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    Not tried a k+n panel filter.Doubt it will make any difference over a standard paper one.
     
  7. AndyMac

    AndyMac Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    A straight panel swap won't make any difference at all (although an induction kit will), the stock paper filter is pretty freeflowing to start with. I've swapped my K&N back to stock paper on my 2.8Q as didn't want to get issues with oil on the MAF, made absolutely no difference at all.
     
  8. JGrant1285

    JGrant1285 Sir Scouser Benitez

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    hmmm...well if its been reported that it makes no difference, and if you change it, you may get MAF problems, i'm almost certainly gonna stick with the stock paper filter.
     
  9. james0808

    james0808 Active Member

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    Im not covinced that these filters do damage the MAF.Ive used cone filters on all my previous turbo cars and not had a problem with any of them.Lots of people get problems with the MAF even with standard paper fiter,myself included.Think you made the right choice,stick with the paper one.
     
  10. Marko

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    Thanks for your replies. I'm convinced I'm going to stick with a paper.
     
  11. JGrant1285

    JGrant1285 Sir Scouser Benitez

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    hmmmm well before my A4, i used to have a W 2000 reg SXI Corsa (infact that ive still got, an want to sell) and i replaced teh MAF on that (was using a K&N cone filter on it). i think i might put it in the classified ads on here........and the auto trader...
     
  12. Mcgough

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    clean the MAF it doesnt damage it, it just dirtys it- slighty quicker than standard!
     
  13. Marko

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    Would someone please tell me, where exactly the maf is?
     
  14. AndyMac

    AndyMac Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    On top of the bit that screws to the top of the airbox, where the cable is connected. You need a security torx bit to remove the MAF.
     
  15. Marko

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    Ah ha, thought it may be that. I'm fitting a new filter at the weekend so I'll have a nosey. Many Thanks AndyMac.
     
  16. andyccr

    andyccr 2003 1.8T Sport Ebony Black A4 Cabriolet

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    Have now got a K&N panel filter on my 1.8T cab. Loads of the guys in USA are using K&N panels too. My panel filter has freed up the engine slightly and a bit more induction noise. I used to have a Carbionio filter on my Octy and really miss the sound !
    Happy with the K&N (Especially when it came from Ebay second hand for £11 delivered). The guy had removed it from his TDI. K&Ns website is quite good for product applications

    Hope this helps

    Andy
     
  17. JGrant1285

    JGrant1285 Sir Scouser Benitez

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    are the panel filters the same on the B5 & B6?

    can i get a K&N thats for a petrol? or is it a specific one?
     

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