I Drove a week without an airfilter and the cowl hole cut out! Oops
I had a shop instal the Mini Mania CAI. Drove the car for about a month and a half with it on. Then about a week ago I thought I was imaging that the car had slown down a great deal and didn't seem as smooth. Backfiring had amplifed... Hmmmm
A day at the carwash solved the problem. I opened the hood to dry the excess water off and noticed that the filter had come completely off. I reattached it and the car drives great again. Do you think I did damage to my engine and do you think I should change the oil even though I just changed it less than 1000 miles ago?
Well, it wasn't a good thing that's for sure.
Changing the oil won't do anything do don't bother.
any wear would be in the induction path particularly the SC.
A lot also depends on where you drive. If you're on a lot of dirt roads then you would have sucked in more grit.
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