A Good Item For The Civic Hybrid

Discussion in 'Civic' started by Ted Kaplan, Apr 25, 2006.

  1. Ted Kaplan

    Ted Kaplan Guest

    I hate to admit it, but my son, the car enthusiast was right. I have an 05
    civic hybrid with about 4600 miles on it. And although it runs reasonably
    well, I still felt it could use a little help in its quest to drive like a
    "real" car. I just installed a K&N air filter, and this seems to have been
    the trick. The car now accelerates and gets the kind of gas mileage I
    assumed it should have when I purchased it. In mixed city/highway, it's
    getting in the low to mid forties as opposed to the high thirties before
    adding the filter. Furthermore, it is smoother and accelerates on a par
    with most of the othe cars I tried to match up to today. In any case, I
    think it's worth the investment.
    Ted Kaplan, Apr 25, 2006
  2. Ted Kaplan

    TeGGeR® Guest

    How long do you intend on keeping the car?
    Abrasives in your combustion chamber are not conducive to engine

    Also, yhere have been reports of IAC motors and throttle bodies sludging up
    with the particulates allowed through by K&N-type filters.
    TeGGeR®, Apr 25, 2006
  3. Ted Kaplan

    flobert Guest

    It performs better beause it's less of an iairflow impedment. Its the
    difference between trying to breathe through a sieve's mesh, and
    trying to breathe through a sponge. Try it for yourself. Then go
    somewhere dusty and try it.

    Hope your engine likes the taste of grit.

    You could probably have saved yourself a lot of money, and just stuck
    a pair of tights across the air filter box, or the intake end, or
    hell, just not bothered at all. iirc, the tights actually are a better
    filter than your K+N.
    flobert, Apr 25, 2006
  4. As for the length of time I'll keep this car, the warranty on the battery
    pack will probably be the determining factor. Insofar as the amount of dirt
    allowed into the engine, I would think frequent oil changes (5000miles),
    plus frequent cleaning of the filter should minimize any problems. The
    increase in performance and fuel economy is worth it at the current price of
    Theodore Kaplan, Apr 26, 2006
  5. Ted Kaplan

    TeGGeR® Guest

    Yeah, except that every speck of that dirt has to scrape past your rings
    before it gets into your oil. You like sandpapering your rings and bores? I
    TeGGeR®, Apr 26, 2006
  6. Sure. Once the piston rings bounce over that little quartz particle
    at about 60 mph, the oil will pick it up and maybe run it through the
    bearings a couple times before it gets caught by the oil filter.

    Check the oil change schedule for dusty conditions. I bet it is less
    than a 5000 interval.
    Maybe your son could help you prove this. Have him switch the K&N
    with the stock filter randomly after each fill-up. You check the gas
    milage and subjectively rate the performance on each tank. I have to
    say that I am skeptical that the difference is as much as you say but
    I could be wrong.
    Gordon McGrew, Apr 26, 2006
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