IMPORTANCE OF AIR
An air filter is an important component of a Nitro engine. The engine
needs a mixture of clean and unrestricted air and fuel to provide power
for the RC vehicle. Since nitro engine requires clean an unrestricted
flow of air for smooth running and more power the air filter is the
first line of defense or the first important component that makes sure
that the engine runs to its optimum. All RC vehicles make use of this
device to derive the optimum power level for their engines.
The air filter keeps away the dirt, contaminants and other debris getting
into the engine. If these foreign particles enter the engine they might
seriously harm the engine capabilities and definitely would tune the
performance of the vehicle.
There are three types of air filters. Most common of them is Foam air
filters which use foam filter oil. These filter oils should be without
solvents as filters tend to disintegrate if you use filters oils with
solvents in it. Single stage foam filters contain single core. This
core is used to filter dust, dirt and similar contaminants. Dual stage
foam filters have two levels of protection to prevent contaminants.
The second core is thicker and blocks smaller particles.
Cotton air filters are the most common replacements to foam air filters.
They have less air resistance as compared to foam ones. Care is required
in case of cotton air filters so as to not to over-saturate them. It
is important for air filter to dry overnight.
Paper air filters are not recommended for off-road Nitro vehicles. These
are usually favoured by some owners for extra airflow for their vehicles.
One need to clean the filters regularly but sometimes an overall replacement
might also be necessary. Further, it is also important to know the finer
aspects of cleaning an RC Nitro Engine’s air filter. Applying oil to
the air filter in the right manner is also important. They require special
air filter oil for the same. Once the air filter is purchased or cleaned
properly it needs to be secured in the right manner in it proper place.
Usually most of the air filters stay securely in their place where they
are designed to be but one may need to know how put a troublesome one
in the proper place. All along choosing a right filter for your model
is also very important. For the best performance of your engine, making
the right choice of air filter is equivocally important.
Cleaning air filters can save you money but one needs to make a choice
sometimes for their replacement. Since they are not a very costly part
of an RC vehicle one can easily opt for a replacement if maintenance
is required too often. Although larger or better filter may cost more
but it really depends upon the model you own. Foam air filters are the
most commonly used air filters used in Nitro vehicles.
Air filters are as important to the engine, as the engine itself. Without
an air filter, or without a clean one, your engine will quickly degrade
in performance and become seriously damaged. Make it a part of your
regular after-run routine, to clean or replace your nitro air filters.
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