can I tell whether I have a Pro5R/ProGuard7 oiled or ProDryS
- If the filter is blue (Pro5R) or gold (ProGuard7), then it
is oiled. If the filter media is grayish white (Pro Dry S),
then it is not oiled. With conical filters, look at the top.
If it has the "aFe" or "Pro Guard 7" logo
printed on the end, then it is an oiled type filter. If the
filter has Pro Dry – S printed, it is an oil-free filter.
Their may also be a part number on the filter. Look for a small
circle plug on the urethane part of the filter. There will be
a part number located on it. Any numbers with 10-, 30-, 24-
are Pro 5R, 11-, 31, 21- are Pro Dry S and any filter number
beginning in 7 will be a Pro Guard 7 air filter. If you have
further questions, please call us directly at 951-493-7155 and
we can help you figure out the filter.
do I clean my aFe air filter?
- Before you start to clean the filter, determine whether you
have an oiled or oil-free filter. See #1. Also have the appropriate
cleaning kit for your filter: #90-50500 for gold, #90-50501
for blue and #90-59999 for oil-free. Follow the steps below.
1) Use a soft bristle brush like a paint brush to remove large
chunks of debris and dirt from between the pleats. GENTLY TAPPING
the filter on the ground to remove any loose dirt being careful
not to bend any of the pleats. 2) Spray the cleaning solution
that comes in our Restore Kit, on the dirty side of the filter.
Let the cleaning solution soak in for about 10 minutes. 3) Rinse
the filter from the clean side of the filter to the dirty side.
Repeat spraying and rinsing until the water is clear. Since
media will be stained, it will not be completely white and may
still appear dirty. 4) DO NOT USE A HIGH PRESSURE WATER NOZZLE
when rinsing the filter. 5) Let the filter air-dry. DO NOT USE
COMPRESSED AIR TO DRY THE FILTER! It may take a couple of hours
for a Pro DryS (12 hrs) or the Pro5R (24hrs) depending on humidity
and temperature. 6) If you have an oil-free Pro Dry-S filter,
the cleaning process is completed and the rest of these instructions
can be disregarded. 7) After the filter is dry, apply small
amount of oil on the top of each pleat. It is not necessary
to apply oil down in between the pleats. It is also a good idea
to not apply oil all the way to the urethane. Leave about an
inch of media un-colored. DO NOT DROWN THE FILTER WITH OIL!
The oil will wick out a great deal. 8) Leave the oiled filter
for 8 to 12 hours to allow the oil to fully wick. Finally, spot
apply oil to areas that still do not have "color"
or how often should I clean my aFe air filter?
We recommend that you follow the manufactures recommended service
schedule. You can find that in your vehicle owner’s manual.
Once you reach that mileage mark, take a look at the filter.
If you can still see the aluminum mesh on the filter then it
is still ok and does not need to be cleaned. Check the filter
every other oil change. When it gets to the point where you
cannot see the aluminum mesh on the filter anymore, then it
is time to clean the filter. You should clean the filter around
the 25K - 30K mile mark under normal conditions. In extreme
dusty or dirty environments, you should check more frequently.
Over cleaning the filter will shorten the life of the filter
and reduce its filtration efficiency. Accumulating some dirt
actually helps the filtration.
Reminder - If you can still see the aluminum mesh on the outside
of the filter, it is still fine. Clean the filter when you
can not see the aluminum mesh on the outside of the filter.
is the difference between the three media – Pro 5R,
Pro DryS and ProGuard7 - that aFe offers?
- aFe offers three different types of filter media for most
of our filters and intake systems because everyone has different
driving conditions and different driving needs. There is the
Pro5R, ProGuard7 and ProDryS. There are detailed explanations
for these media in other sections of this website. Without
going into details of each media, the basic differences are:
1) Pro5R is 5-layers of progressively finer mesh oiled cotton
gauze which offers maximum airflow. This media is ideal for
those who drive mostly on paved street and highway who want
maximum horsepower. 2) ProGuard7 is 5-layers of progressively
finer oiled cotton gauze used in the Pro5R media backed by
another 2-layers of finer porosity synthetic non-woven media
which offers maximum protection. This media is ideal for those
who do a lot of unpaved, off-road driving in severe dusty
and dirty environments where protection is more important
than maximum horsepower. This media is most popular with compression-ignition
diesel truck owners. 3) ProDryS is a 3-layer progressively
finer porosity synthetic non-woven media, which is oil-free
and offers maximum convenience since it does not require re-oiling.
This media is ideal for those who don’t want the hassle
of re-oiling a filter.
can I tell what intake system I have since I bought my vehicle
used and the kit came with it?
- aFe offers a variety of intake systems for various vehicles.
The quickest way to find out what intake system you have is
to do a product search on our website for your vehicle. Input
your fuel type, make, model and year on our product search
and you should see your intake system in the result. If you
can’t tell which media you have in your vehicle, see
Question 1 to determine which media you have. If you still
cannot determine the intake system you have, call our Power
Professionals at (951)493-7155 and we will help you figure
What is the difference between aFe filters and other manufacturer’s
- We invite customers to compare our products with others.
Here are several things to look for: 1) Media construction:
constant mesh or progressive mesh. aFe is the only company
that uses a progressively finer mesh media. 2) Pleat design:
Tight or open? Pinched or rounded? aFe uses an open, rounded
pleat design that allows better airflow through the tops and
bottoms of each pleat. 3) Pleat height: Deep or shallow? aFe
pleats are 30% deeper pleats than competitors for longer service
interval and greater dust holding capacity. 4) Filter seal:
Soft or hard? Flat or progressive? Additional sealing gasket
or grease needed or not? aFe uses a pliable, progressive bump
seal that requires no foam gasket or filter grease.
are the differences between an aFe intake system and other
- Here are several things to look for the fit and finish of
aFe intake systems: 1) Do you have to assemble the housing?
Our housings are usually one piece and come pre-assembled.
2) How many parts are included with the system? aFe minimizes
components as much as possible for easier installation. 3)
Is any cutting, drilling or modification of the vehicle required?
aFe systems use stock mounting points and require no modification
to the vehicle. 4) What are the performance numbers? Through
the use of molded plastic tubes and 3-angle adaptors that
direct airflow more effectively, aFe consistently delivers
excellent horsepower and torque numbers. Check out www.afepower.com
for your expected performance results.
is the warranty on my aFe part?
- aFe OE replacement filters are warranted against manufacturer
defects for as long as you own the vehicle and it is properly
maintained using our filter cleaning kit. Our universal clamp
on air filters and air intake kits are warranted against manufacturer
defects for 2 years. Our racing filters are warranted against
manufacturer defects for 1 year. All warranty is contingent
on proper installation and proper maintenance using our restore
kit. All other aFe products such as our exhaust systems, intake
manifolds and intercoolers have a 2-year warranty. To warranty
a product you must return it through your original place of
purchase and have the original sales receipt. If you have
any further questions, please call the aFe Power Professionals
at 951-493-7155 and they can help you with any warranty issues.
putting an aFe filter or air intake system in my vehicle void
my factory warranty?
- Legally, a vehicle manufacturer cannot void the warranty
on a vehicle due to an aftermarket part unless they can prove
that the aftermarket part caused or contributed to the failure
in the vehicle (per the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act (15 U.S.C.
2302(C)). For best results, consider working with performance-oriented
dealerships with a proven history of working with customers.
If your vehicle manufacturer fails to honor emission/warranty
claims, contact EPA at (202) 260-2080 or www.epa.gov. If federal
warranty protection is denied, contact the FTC at (202) 326-3128
or www.ftc.gov. Also check out this link from SEMA for additional
information on your rights; http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/business/adv/bus01.shtm.
my aFe air filter "street" or emission legal?
- Since replacing the stock OE air filter with a high-flow
performance air filter such as aFe does not change or affect
the stock intake tract and emission controls, a performance
air filter is considered "street" or CARB emission
my aFe intake system "street" or emission legal?
- Air intake systems do alter the stock intake tract and therefore,
requires an exemption from CARB emission requirements. As
a California based company aFe submits our intake systems
to CARB for exemption so that the intake system can be used
legally on the street. However, obtaining CARB exemption takes
time and not all aFe intake systems are exempt. Many aFe intakes
have CARB EO numbers making them 50-state legal. All products
that have received a CARB EO number are clearly marked on
the product landing page. When an aFe intake system is not
exempt, they would be legal only in racing situations and
not for street use in the 13 states that have adopted California
emission standards. Contact our customer service dept @ 877-512-8111
to find out if a particular intake system is CARB exempt or
not or check your local or state regulations.
kind of MPG improvement should I get with my aFe air filter?
- Due to the 30-40cfm of additional air entering your engine,
you may see a marginal gain in mpg vs. the factory filter.
aFe does not and will not claim to improve your fuel mileage
because everybody's vehicle, driving condition & habits
are different. We do however claim to increase the torque
and horsepower of your engine, make the engine run more fuel
efficient and improve the quality and amount of air that goes
into your engine. This will allow the engine to use less fuel
driving under the same conditions that you are driving in
kind of MPG improvement should I get with my aFe intake system?
- We have had countless people call in to say that their fuel
mileage has increased with diesels and gas engines alike from
1-5 mpg. aFe does not and will not claim to improve your fuel
mileage because everybody's vehicle, driving condition &
habits are different. We do however claim to increase the
torque and horsepower of your engine, make the engine run
more fuel efficient and improve the quality and amount of
air that goes into your engine. This will allow the engine
to use less fuel driving under the same conditions that you
are driving in now.
I have to cut my aFe Intake if I am having trouble with my
- Absolutely Not! aFe intakes are designed to install with
no cutting or notching. To make maximum power and performance,
aFe intakes use the largest filters and boxes available. If
you run into some installation problems, please call our Power
Professionals at 951-493-7155. They will be able to help you
with your technical issue without cutting or notching the