Help!, found a rip in my air filter today. Oil question.

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After a 600km drive on the highway today I did a post trip inspection and found that my air filter developed a rip in it. The hole was large since it was near the base of the cone where the filter media was attached. It wasn't there a couple days ago when I inspected it so it was recent. I plan to change the oil and and oil filter tomorrow. I am sure some dirt as well as some bug parts got sucked in. How should a go about flushing the dirt out of the engine?
 
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Just change the oil. The dispersant action should suspend the dirt and get it out of the engine. Flushing, I think would be overkill. Anything as big as a bug has gone out the tailpipe, probably caught in the catalytic actually.
 

SilverStreak

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Thanks, an oil change will do. I'll know how much dirt got in since I'll have an oil analysis afterwards. Good to see another Calgarian on here =)
 

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Al

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Was this an aftermarket filter like a K&N or a paper element. Perhaps you need to find out why it got the rip in it---ie. can it happen again [I dont know] And-I aghree an oil change would be cool.
 

SilverStreak

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It was an OEM paper cone filter. I have no idea why it ripped but perhaps in my handling it ripped a small part of the fins on the base and thats what did it. I am usually careful so I am still not sure.
 

SilverStreak

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I got my oil analysis results back and all is normal. Actually, the numbers are the lowest wear and silicon out of my 3 samples. 9ppm Iron 7ppm Aluminum 6ppm Silicon. I'll post the whole analysis in the UOA section. I guess I only had that rip for a short period and it was on the bottom not in the airstream.
 
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