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Complaint Review: K&N - K&N Air Filters

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  • Submitted: Sat, August 30, 2008
  • Updated: Wed, July 13, 2011

  • Reported By:fulllerton California
K&N - K&N Air Filters
Internet U.S.A.

K&N - K&N Air Filters Defective Filters Can Cause Fire OR Stuck Full Throttle--RECALL Internet

*General Comment: K&N filters.....keep out flies, maybe?

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K&N Airfilter has more safety RECALLS than we can list.

CONSUMER COMPLAINT AGENCIES

COMPLAINT AGENCIES
http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/index.cfm https://app.dca.ca.gov/bar/complaints.asp http://ag.ca.gov/consumers/mailform.htm
http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx

Make : K&N Model : 57-1509
Build Dates : APR 20, 1999 - SEP 10, 2004
Manufacturer : K&N ENGINEERING, INC.
Mfr's Report Date : MAR 10, 2006
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 06E024000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 44386

Summary:
CERTAIN REPLACEMENT K&N FUEL PERFORMANCE KITS, P/NOS. 57-1509, 57-1511, 57-1511-1, 57-1517, 57-1517-1, 57-1527, AND 57-1530. ALSO, A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF THESE KITS WERE SOLD UNDER THE MOPAR PERFORMANCE PARTS BRAND NAME (P/NOS. P5007069 AND P5007070). ALL KITS WERE MANUFACTURED FROM APRIL 20, 1999, THROUGH SEPTEMBER 23, 2004. THESE ASSEMBLIES WERE MANUFACTURED AS REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT FOR CERTAIN DODGE PICKUP TRUCKS AND SUVS. A SMALL PIECE OF MATERIAL FROM THE TUBE WALL COULD BE SUCKED INTO THE ENGINE THROTTLE BODY, WHICH COULD CAUSE THE THROTTLE TO BECOME JAMMED IN THE OPEN POSITION.

Consequence:
A JAMMED OPEN THROTTLE COULD CAUSE UNINTENDED ACCELERATION OF THE VEHICLE, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A CRASH OR INCREASED STOPING DISTANCES WHEN BRAKING.

Remedy:
K&N WILL PROVIDE OWNERS WITH A FREE REPAIR KIT ALONG WITH REPAIR INSTRUCTIONS. THE RECALL BEGAN ON APRIL 20, 2006.

Notes:
THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO REPLACEMENT K&N FUEL PERFORMANCE KITS AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON DODGE VEHICLES MANUFACTURED BY DAIMLERCHRYSLER. CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

Mcduff
fulllerton, California
U.S.A.

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#1 General Comment

K&N filters.....keep out flies, maybe?

AUTHOR: Adolph - (USA)

 
I find all the hype surrounding K&N air filters very misleading at best, fraudulent at worst, for the most part. An oiled gauze filter is nothing new.  When I had a BSA motorcycle dealership back in the late 60s, the (British)  bikes came with  oiled gauze filters. Their construction was virtually identical to todays K&N filters. At that time, most owners changed to Filtron filters, a green oiled foam type filter. It was universally recognized the oiled gauze filters were woefully inefficient.
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Fast foreword to the current filter market. The oiled gauze filters are back! Many tests have proven the K&N filters to be a  VERY POOR choice.  The Honda Ridgeline club (most recently) performed tests comparing a Delco pleated paper filter to a K&N. The paper filter allowed .4 grams of silicate material (to wit: dirt)  to pass through. The K&N allowed a WHOPPING 7.0 grams. In addition, the paper filter was capable of retaining 573.9 grams of  silicate (dirt), the K&N was limited to retaining 122.6 grams.
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This post is in response to the Tips to Increase Engine Life subject. The common consensus is that a K&N filter can increase engine wear 10% over that of a quality pleated paper filter. I expect to be inundated by K&N filter aficionados arguing in support of their screen-door / cotton filters. Facts are facts. K&N defends the fact a person may view openings right through a K&N filter media  with their micronic invisible oily hairs nonsense.  Bottom line, maximum engine life is achieved with a good pleated paper air filter.
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The claim by K&N that their filters become more efficient as they collect debris is quite telling. Of course, as soon as the 10 to 20 micron holes get plugged, there are increasingly smaller holes remaining. As a  K&N filter nears complete blockage, it approached the efficiency of the OEM paper filters.  By that time the engine is struggling for air.
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I cant argue with the profound popularity and seeming legitimacy of K&N filters. I also remember the mothballs in the gas tank, magnets on the gas line, and now the HHO nonsense.  Popularity and widespread use of a product may be generated by massive and continuous advertising, in spite of its legitimate merits.
  
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