The air cleaner assembly contains the air cleaner and it’s also designed to arrest a possible flame from a backfire. The original air cleaner assembly is the best flame arrester as an after market air cleaner may not be designed to flame arrest a possible backfire. It may cause an under bonnet fire.
THINGS TO LOOK FOR
If you are purchasing a second hand vehicle check that the air cleaner assembly is the original as this design will prevent an under bonnet fire from a possible flame caused from a backfire. The same applies when choosing another air cleaner assembly or modifying the original. It must be kept original for its design purpose to arrest flames if a backfire should occur.
IS IT EXPENSIVE TO REPAIR?
If you have purchased a second hand vehicle with a non original air cleaner assembly then you may try the wreckers and for around $30.00 you should find the original type of air cleaner assembly.
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By Darren Gow-Brown, Melbourne Australia ©2009