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Old 04-23-2003, 01:20 PM
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Default Air filter with Silicone oil - Why not?

I was told on another forum not to use silicon oil in my air filter.

Anybody knows why?

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Old 04-23-2003, 01:43 PM
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Default Air filter with Silicone oil - Why not?

I can't say I really know why....however...if you asked a chemist....maybe he would say....the characteristics of the two oils is different and one can trap dust particles better than the other. Just my 2 cents.
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Default Air filter with Silicone oil - Why not?

For sure...

But people all over are using all kind of oils in it, ant the only one I was told not to was silicone...

Anyway it's trapping dust pretty well, even after five tanks in a really dirty site there's no noticeable dirt in the foam other than that cake on the surface

And after more than 1 gallon running that way there's no visible wear in the engine.

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Old 04-23-2003, 04:34 PM
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Default Air filter with Silicone oil - Why not?

Not being the chemist I wish I was....I would have to think that by using most any kind of oil...you will be doing yourself and your engine a big favor.....and of course the opposite of that is...if you choose not to use any oil in the air filter.....the obvious will occur.

I'm sure viscosity plays a big part in allowing the engine to breath properly so using oils that are actually designed for our off-road rigs is a smart move by all of us. Find an oil that is designed for that purpose and use it....and you'll be glad you did.
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Old 04-23-2003, 04:54 PM
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Default Air filter with Silicone oil - Why not?

That's the big problem: to find specifically designed air filter oil here

The silicone is doing their job very well, so I'll keep it until someone convince me why I can't do it

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Old 04-23-2003, 04:56 PM
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Default Air filter with Silicone oil - Why not?

I believe, I might be wrong, that silicone can damage the inside of your engine. So, silicone oil may end up in the engine from the air filter and subsequently damage it. I may be mistaken, but that is my thought. I just use household oil, 4-in-1 oil i think its called. There again, I might be wrong. Hey, could I be any more non-decisive? Hope my two bits helps. Could someone let me know if I'm wrong?!
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Default Air filter with Silicone oil - Why not?

THere is a reason why silicone is used for diffs/shocks and such, and air filter oil is used for air filters, my thought on the subjest is the silicone is to thick, and will not let as much air through as filter oil, and another is the air filter oil trapps a large amount more of the little particals, for the simple fact that it is sticky and not dry fealing like silicone. Have you ever heard of K&N, you can purchase just the little spray bottle and use that for a supurb filtration on any air filter!! Oh and its about the same as a bottle of diff silicone!! But if you feel comfortable using silicone oil, then by all means keep doing it, its your equipment, and I guess silicone is better then no oil at all!!
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Default Air filter with Silicone oil - Why not?

get k&n airfilter oil from auto parts storo or order from summit racing it comes in a spray can and works great
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