When it comes to deciding which brands make it onto the Sparesbox website, we have a very simple criterion; ‘Are the parts OE or greater in quality and performance?’. For Mann Filter’s, a brand that has been built on quality, performance, reliability, and value, the answer to that question is a resounding YES.


With Fix It Season upon us, we took this opportunity to find out a little more about Mann Filters and what makes them so good.


How has Mann Filter changed over the years?


From humble beginnings, Mann + Hummel have established themselves as world leaders in designing and manufacturing complete air, cabin, oil, and fuel filtration to suit a broad range of passenger cars, trucks, buses, and industrial applications. Some of their most popular systems include complete air filter systems, injection moulded intake air ducts, air box filters, and engine intake manifold filters.


In addition to their extensive range of air filters, Mann also manufacture complete oil filter modules that are supplied to some of the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers.


Why is Mann Filter the Superior Choice?


All Mann Filter products have been manufactured to exact OE quality and performance standards. This means that all Mann Filters are going to perform to the exact standard as the one that was fitted to your vehicle from the factory, for a fraction of the price.


While Mann Filters are significantly less expensive than their OEM counterparts, they are not the cheapest option on the market- and they never will be. Mann are designed to be a cost-effective OE alternative, not a cheap, poor quality replacement. As such, you can be sure that all Mann Filters will last the entire filter service interval and thus prevent unwanted and often expensive repairs caused by poor-quality aftermarket replacements.



How do Mann Filters Retain OEM Standards?


Irrespective of the end application vehicle, all Mann filtration systems are designed in partnership with the OEM filter. Before designing an OE quality replacement filter, Mann meticulously research the OEM specifications of each filter.


Mann is one of the largest suppliers of OE quality filters to the Australian aftermarket and service industry. Mann Filters boast the richest product application listing by way of ‘equal to OEM quality’ for the entire Australian carpark, no other aftermarket filter manufacturer can make these claims. In addition to servicing the Australian aftermarket, Mann Filters have established themselves as the leading supplier of aftermarket OE quality filters to the European market.


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Trying to figure out what filter you’re going to use on your latest Instagram photo can be challenging enough let alone figuring out which brand of filter is going to be the best option for you and your car.


SO let’s give you the low down on the pros and cons of K&N air filters to keep you in the know when it comes to replacing your filters.


K&N Air Filters Pros

Washable and Reusable

Without a doubt, one of the biggest attractions to using a K&N filter is that they’re washable. K&N invented the reusable high flow cotton air filter back in 1969 and have continued to work tirelessly on developing the technology that sets them apart from other brands. Lasting 50,000 miles (that’s 80467.2 km!) between servicing; giving your filter a wash and oiling will prepare it for another 50,000 miles. (Also, a massive plus if you’re conscious about how much crap you’re putting in landfills!)


Lasting Power

Some things are good when they’re “short n’ sweet” like speeches and ad segments during your favourite T.V. show. Other things, like how long parts last in your car, are not. K&N’s air filters are developed to last the distance. Their million-mile warranty is a surefire sign that they stand behind their products, allowing completely stress-free driving for anyone who invests in the K&N philosophy; that filters should last the life of a vehicle. Now that’s some lasting power!


Air Flow

As you’d imagine, the better the air filter the greater the air flow. Since K&N offer quality, you can expect insane flow. Increased flow allows the engine to perform the way it’s meant to. With enough air, an engine can display its true potential. This is something that a paper filter won’t provide an engine with. In short, K&N filters can help prolong the life of an engine by feeding it the air it needs.





K&N Air Filters
source: blog.cochran.com


Fuel Economy

When I hear the word economy, I usually switch off and wait for the drone of  “in the red” to end, but this is economy to get excited about! The result of improved air flow is increased fuel economy. With more air and ideal engine output, it won’t surprise you that your engine is going to deal with fuel that little bit better. For those of us keeping an eye on our spending, enriched efficiency in burning fuel is the holy grail. A K&N air filter can provide those extra couples of miles per gallon. Ideal.


Power Hungry

K&N air filters will boost your car’s overall horsepower by 1-4% in total. It might not sound like much, but how else can you boost your power without forking out a small fortune?



Ease of Fitment

The great thing about a lifelong aftermarket filter is it’s pretty damn easy to put in place. K&N make their air filters ready-to-use and are made in a way that means they fit inch-perfect in the place of the original air filter. You can check out the installation instruction here on K&N’s website.


A Wallet’s Best Friend (In The Long Run)

Although K&N filters are more expensive than sticking with paper filters short term, the reality is, you’re saving money in the long run. A paper filter might seem more cost-effective, but with a paper filter, it’s never just the one. Expect to buy a series of paper replacements, and expect to see the overall cost pile up. Buying K&N means your wallet will thank you in the end, oh yeah and who doesn’t like a little extra spending money?


K&N Air Filters

K&N Air Filters Cons

Cost (Short-Term)

Okay, per item a K&N air filter is pricier than its paper competitor. Looking at the price point of a K&N filter can be daunting when you see other air filters four times cheaper. So on that basis, those who doubt the values of a K&N filter have a point. If your current car is on its last legs (or wheels, rather), then a one-off paper filter would be more cost-effective however if your car isn’t heading to the scrap yard then a K&N filter is a worthwhile cost-saving option long term.



The main downside? Cleaning a K&N air filter is a pain in the backside. A great selling point for K&N is that their filters’ are washable, but who wants to do that? Washing, drying, re-fitting. Boring, right? Agreed. However, we have a pretty stress-free 3 step guide to keep your boring time to a minimum! Either that or get a younger relative to do it for you for ice cream…just kidding…kinda.


Made up your mind about K&N filter? Head over to our website to pick one up! Click here!


Air filters are constantly pulling in air. Whenever your engine is running, your filter is at work – a pretty thankless task really. As one of the most undervalued components that make up your car, it is important that you keep an eye on the condition of your air filter. With K&N cotton air filters, you are dealing with a high performance product that never compromises on effort nor result, which means it’s vital that you give your filter optimum conditions to do what it does best – improve performance.



Which products should I use to clean my K&N Air Filter?

When you’re cleaning out your car’s air filters, you want to achieve the best results. K&N cleaning products are made specifically with K&N filters in mind, and that’s why it’s important that you use the brand’s cleaning products on their branded filters. Our fuss-free K&N cleaning kit will save you a few dollars, and give you the genuine article while you’re at it. With K&N-specific cleaner and oil, you can expect improved performance from the off.


K&N Air Filter Clean and Oil Kit 99-5050



How to clean your K&N Air Filter

Step 1:

Using the K&N Power Kleen cleaner included in the kit, the first step in enhancing performance is to spray your air filter cleaner onto your K&N filter, using enough to cover both sides. Allow it to soak for a maximum of 10 minutes – just long enough to let the cleaner loosen any dirt that has accumulated. We recommend the K&N Power Kleen Air Filter Cleaner, included in our kit, which is tailor made to produce maximum results from K&N filters.


Step 2:

Now that that’s out the way, give the filter a rinse and let it dry. First, use cool water to spray the remainder of your filter cleaner from the filter itself. After, shake off any water you can and then let the filter dry by itself. Don’t be tempted to use to towels or sponges, and don’t apply any oil when wet.


Step 3:

The third step involves application of the filter oil. Squeeze your filter oil along the crown of every individual pleat. Use K&N Filter Oil, included in our kit, as it quickly penetrates the filter pleats, where it remains suspended in the cotton fabric until cleaned next time. Leave the oil to wick for roughly 20 minutes, allowing the pleats to darken to the colour of the oil, then re-coat any pleats that look a little light. Continue this until your filter’s pleats have a uniform colour.


Cleaning your air filter is simple, there aren’t any great surprises thrown your way, but it is a precaution that is essential to take. Now, your filter is more than ready to perform at its optimum, allowing for the best ride every time you step into your vehicle.

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