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medicine man

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Hi
I am having a problem with the Air Cleaner box staying latched, never both latches at one time but one or the other is unlatched. I use AC Delco filter.
I know I can screw them down but that is not right. Any ideas out there?
Thanks in advance
Mike
 
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LLC5

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98 black 6spd convert.
Hi
I am having a problem with the Air Cleaner box staying latched, never both latches at one time but one or the other is unlatched. I use AC Delco filter.
I know I can screw them down but that is not right. Any ideas out there?
Thanks in advance
Mike


Make sure the air filter is in correctly (not upside down) and seated properly. The hold down straps need to be in the top cover grooves correctly. You can look at the bottom of the hood when it is open. The strap clips need to be installed in the two eyelets, you will feel them clip down securely when it is right. Hope this helps.
 

99WhiteC5Coupe

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Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
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1999 White Coupe
Hi
I am having a problem with the Air Cleaner box staying latched, never both latches at one time but one or the other is unlatched. I use AC Delco filter.
I know I can screw them down but that is not right. Any ideas out there?
Thanks in advance
Mike


When I purchased my 1999 C5 coupe new (built 8/98), the air filter box lid clamps kept opening while the car was being driven. The dealer replaced the straps under the new car warranty (the metal straps are serviced separately). The mechanic said he had seen a bunch of straps that kept opening while the car was being driven and speculated that there had been a batch of bad clamps (too long). The replacement clamps held tight and have not opened to this day.

Buy replacements from your dealer and replace them. It is very easy. Good luck.
 

MAC5

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North Carolina
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1998 Pewter Coupe
Hi
I am having a problem with the Air Cleaner box staying latched, never both latches at one time but one or the other is unlatched. I use AC Delco filter.
I know I can screw them down but that is not right. Any ideas out there?
Thanks in advance
Mike

My 98 did the same. A quick fix is to put something that acts as a wedge between the airbox cover and the strap, a small piece of hard rubber the width of the strap, 1/8 inch thick and about 1 inch long. Just wrap a piece of electrical tape around it on the strap. Install it about midway down the airbox. Its a quick fix, but it works. I think over the winter I'll pick up a couple of those self adhesive plastic discs like they use on the inside of cabinet doors and install one of those on each strap. A little cleaner fix, but who's looking.
 
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I had the same problem and our own c4c5specialist noticed it when I opened my hood at CruiseFest 2005. On the side of those plastic tabs that goes into the slots on the cover, there are two round spots (probably from the plastic casting process) that you can see and feel with your fingers. Paul recommended I file those round spots down flush with the rest of the tab. I thought he was crazy....but I did it and it worked. Not saying this will fix all of them but it fixed mine.

However, it's no longer an issue for me anyhow since I installed a Blackwing:upthumbs.

Good Luck!
 

medicine man

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Hi All
Wow thanks for the great ideas. I'll start with the file then go to the wedge and tape then new clamps. If all that fails its Black wing.
Thanks to all
Mike
 

zagger

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99 C5 Convertible
Hold your files and chisels, I had the same problem for months and finaly fixed it. First remove both springs from the box(might have to remove the box first). If you look at the spring you will see a small hump on the bottom end. Simply take a pair of large pliers or like me fit the hump in a vice and apply pressure till the hump closes to about 1/8 - 1/16 gap. PRESTO! you are done, reassemble the box and you will notice immediately how much crisper the tabs lock down.:beer

As to the picture of the two into one 3.5" intake system, save your money!
Its JUNK :puke and it does not deliver any improvement HP or mileage wise. I know because I bought one and I went back to stock box, looking for better performance get a Z06 box, I just wish I 'll be able to sell the junk tubes for half the price I bought them for and re coupe some of my loose.
 

Pac-man

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1999 triple black vert.
Why do you say they are junk? The Z06 box is the same as the twin cones, it allows better airflow, and can't be worse than the stock box.
 

popsvette

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Norman, OK
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2010 GS Convertible
I gotta agree with zagger. Unless you have other significant engine modifications, most of the "performance" air filters are useless. My source is:
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