GMC Sierra 1500 Cold Air Intake
How to Clean and Maintain the GMC Sierra 1500 Cold Air Intake
Installing a cold air intake on the GMC Sierra 1500 will do wonders to its performance on the road, but this aftermarket upgrade is not something that you just install and forget. On the contrary, the GMC Sierra 1500 cold air intake requires more maintenance compared to standard air intake parts in order to function properly and consistently. So if you have one in your Sierra 1500 or are planning to buy a cold air intake kit in the near future, here are some tips we recommend you follow:
- Shake the filter first before spraying with the filter cleaner.
Gently tap the filter on the inside of a plastic trash can or a similar receptacle, or use an air hose pressurized at no more than 100 psi. Doing so will remove a lot of the particle buildup in and around the body of the filter and allow the filter cleaner solution to seep even deeper into the filter media.
- Choose the filter cleaner that's recommended by the manufacturer.
Most cold air intake manufacturers also offer cleaning solutions that are specifically designed to efficiently clean the filter media without damaging it. So while its may cost more, using a manufacturer-recommended filter cleaner will save you money in replacement parts by making the filter last longer.
- Use only a low-pressure hose when rinsing the filter and the housing.
There's a common misconception that using a high pressure hose can clean off grime faster, but the effect is negligible and the will only damage the filter media.
- When applying the filter oil, start at the top and slowly work your way down along the crown of each pleat.
This will ensure the filter media is evenly covered with oil. Let the oil wick for at least 20 minutes before putting the filter back into place.
- Don't forget about the intake pipe.
If the pipe is already dirty, don't hesitate to detach it from the intake manifold for a thorough cleaning. Wiping the pipe with a moist rag should remove surface dust and dirt, but for more stubborn stains or buildup a wash mitt and soapy water is necessary. Be sure to rinse and wipe dry afterwards.