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Hi All,

Ive been searching AO and cant seem to find the answer to my question.

I am wanting to clean/replace my airfilter. I have read that it can be a tricky job with the rusty bolts etc but my question is; should i just get the same airfilter from alfa, or go for K&N filter or an other filter. I am not after more performace or anything just to upkeep the running of the engine.

Any ideas and specific filters would be a great help.

Thanks

Mike
 

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Stick with a standard air filter and box then ...
 
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Soak the airbox bolts two or three times within an hour or so with "plusgas" before even contemplating removing it..... Try one bolt after that 10mm IIRC... If it comes out OK then try the other two.... assuming all goes fine and they can be removed without shearing them off. Then any air filter will do just just fine... FRAM do a good standard filter replacement at the fraction of the cost from Alfa dealers....
A 1.8 is not really going to see much benefit from a performance variant so save your money on that side.

Golden rule: Assuming all goes well, (the lid comes off ok, the rubber sealing ring is in good condition and intact)..... etc...
1. Give the rubber "o" ring a very light smear of silicon lubricant to help it seal properly and keep it in tip top condition....
2. Vacuum inside the airbox thouroughly once the old filter is out... Saves contamination of the MAF with disturbed debris!
3. Give the airbox lid bolts a good smear of copper grease to prevent and further issues of siezing
4. Refit the new air filter correctly making sure it is centralised and refit it all back together in reverse...... Job done:thumbs:

If all else fails and it goes pear shaped "which invariably it does" All is not lost... Get a cone filter kit instead and attach to existing induction pipe, place the filter inside the top of the airbox so you can protect it from heatsoak etc.... lesson learned.. Don't bother with cleaning it for at least 36,000 miles, just buy a replacement instead .;) (same cost of repacing an OE filter over the same period of time) BTW
PS. Dont expect an Alfa dealer to take the care and attention described above in changing an air filter, they usually dont bother for that very reason:rolleyes:
 

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That's brilliant! Thanks Grahameo. I will attack it once I've got all the parts. For the last point you made about the care taken by dealers is the reason I want to change this my self. As it doesn't require specialist tools I think i will manage it. and save some pennies too

Thanks for the tips , I will ensure to soak the bolts

Mike
 

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Did mine yesterday. I used a genuine Alfa filter bought off Alfa Workshop. No idea when the filter was last changed but looking at the state of it probably a long time ago. I am not sure if the 1.8 is the same as the 2.0 but I found I needed to remove to 2x 10mm bolts that hold the airbox in place below the battery so that I could get to the third 10mm bolt on top of the airbox. My bolts came out fine but I did soak them in penetrant spray for a few minutes before attempting to undo them.
 

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Yeah thatS the air filter i am going to get i think. Just the sock Filter. Cheers for the advice 'lighting'.

If it all goes wrong i am sure to be posting again :0

MIke
 
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