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Old 10-05-2009, 05:16 PM   #1
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Well I now know why Cold air intakes are not good for jeeps that like to play in the mud. After a weekend of mudding I popped the hood this evening to check everything and spray the engine down and my airaid air filter is black with mud. I've soaked it in soap and water lightly scrubbed it with a soft bristle tooth brush and it's still pretty nasty. I just bought the damn thing and now I'm contemplating putting back in the stock air box. Anyone have any tips on how to get the mud out of the pleats? I'm pissed but I guess I should have seen this coming....

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Old 10-05-2009, 05:27 PM   #2
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Well I now know why Cold air intakes are not good for jeeps that like to play in the mud. After a weekend of mudding I popped the hood this evening to check everything and spray the engine down and my airaid air filter is black with mud. I've soaked it in soap and water lightly scrubbed it with a soft bristle tooth brush and it's still pretty nasty. I just bought the damn thing and now I'm contemplating putting back in the stock air box. Anyone have any tips on how to get the mud out of the pleats? I'm pissed but I guess I should have seen this coming....
Is it a K&N type with oil impregnated gauze filter media? If so you may need to get a bottle of the K&N cleaner and mix up a batch an let it soak following the label directions.

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Old 10-05-2009, 05:31 PM   #3
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I have been thinking of a CAI but i also went mudding/trail riding last weekend and look under my hood and it wasnt pretty so i decided to keep my stock air box and buying a "high flow" filter
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Old 10-05-2009, 05:41 PM   #4
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Is it a K&N type with oil impregnated gauze filter media? If so you may need to get a bottle of the K&N cleaner and mix up a batch an let it soak following the label directions.

It's an airaid, basically same thing as K&N, washable, reusable spray on oil etc... I don't know If I should just put back in the stock airbox or not I mean I just bought the thing and it wasn't cheap, I've only had it in for 2 weeks. I just hope it didn't suck in a ton of water. The jeep is running fine though so I don't think it took in much water if any at all.
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Old 10-05-2009, 06:23 PM   #5
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I had an AFE on another rig that had a washable cover for the filter. Worked well.
On a diesel forum, a guy said he blew his new Cummins by ingesting mud, so maybe you were lucky
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Old 10-05-2009, 06:48 PM   #6
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I'm pretty positive no mud got in, the filter caught it all. The inside of the intake tube is clean as a whistle, and I would think if muddy water got through it would of left some spots inside the tube. Anyway I think I might have to get the recharge kit to soak the filter I think that's the only way it's going to come clean. I can see this happening over and over again though, so I guess the moral of the story is if you like water and mud don't buy a cold air intake, the factory air box is closed in for a reason....
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Well I now know why Cold air intakes are not good for jeeps that like to play in the mud. After a weekend of mudding I popped the hood this evening to check everything and spray the engine down and my airaid air filter is black with mud. I've soaked it in soap and water lightly scrubbed it with a soft bristle tooth brush and it's still pretty nasty. I just bought the damn thing and now I'm contemplating putting back in the stock air box. Anyone have any tips on how to get the mud out of the pleats? I'm pissed but I guess I should have seen this coming....
i hate to say it but, i told you so... scrap it and sell it on craigslist!
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Just go to autozone and pick up another filter for it, they aren't that expensive. buy 2 so one can be clean and dry all the time. It's the easiest way. Pitch the muddy one.
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Old 10-05-2009, 07:24 PM   #9
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Just go to autozone and pick up another filter for it, they aren't that expensive. buy 2 so one can be clean and dry all the time. It's the easiest way. Pitch the muddy one.
Do they sell airaid filters at autozone? I also see they sell water resistant filter wraps...anyone know anything about these?
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Old 10-06-2009, 12:12 AM   #10
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the only kind of special intake i would put on my jeep would be a K&N drop in filter and a snorkel.
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This is what I did. I got a dust cover that come with some filters. Put the dust cover on when you’re going to go wheelin, remove when done. Filter stays clean! If your in water deep enough to be a concerned about ingesting, I'd recommend a snorkel.
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i hate to say it but, i told you so... scrap it and sell it on craigslist!
x2 for selling that crap! Buy yourself a snorkel.
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Old 10-06-2009, 06:48 AM   #13
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x2 for selling that crap! Buy yourself a snorkel.
yup going to look into a snorkel...This should be a sticky so everyone who thinks about putting a CAI on and is going to go 'wheelin will save themselves money, I was looking at the dust covers to they look like they would work well, that could be another option since I already have the intake.

Any recommended snorkel kits, any to stay away from?
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did a little research and it seems they don't make a snorkel kit for the 2.4L...hmmm
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If you want to try to save it, you can try running a water hose through the filter (from the inside). then do the recharge nonsense. - I have a strong dislike for "cotton gauze filters".
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If you want to try to save it, you can try running a water hose through the filter (from the inside). then do the recharge nonsense. - I have a strong dislike for "cotton gauze filters".
I did, I soaked it and rinsed it from the inside and got A LOT of the mud out but there's still chunks here and there on the outside. I let it dry overnight and put it back in this morning. It's ok now until I can get another one. I figure I'm going to get the dust cover until I can build/find a snorkel. What a PITA.

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