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LMN8R

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Kansas City, Mo, USA
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1998 Black Coupe
2 issues, one that's driving me nuts, and the other is just curiosity.

1. The air filter "latches" that hold the air cleaner in are constantly coming undone. Does anyone else have this problem?

2. Are the K&N air filters any good? Is there any point in putting them under the hood of a C5 with the already restrictive air intakes?
 

99WhiteC5Coupe

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Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
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1999 White Coupe
The air box latches on my 1999 C5 coupe (built 8/98) kept popping open too. The dealer replaced the latches under the new car warranty. The technician said the he had several "late" 1998 and "early" C5's with latches that kept popping open.

The latches are very easy to replace and are sold separately. The air box must be removed to replace them.

Good luck.
 
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Boise, Idaho
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2002 electron blue Z06
AIR FILTER LATCHES

Mine pop open too. I put a K&N filter in there and I did not notice the latches coming open until after I put that in there. I did notice that it makes it easier to close the latches if you snag the the latch hooks in, then lift up un the latches, before rotating them down.
I take my car down the drag strip on occasion and I put the K&N filter in and cut a hole in my airbox at the same time. I gained 0.2-0.3 seconds with those mods.
 

LMN8R

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1998 Black Coupe
Thanks, guys, I'll go get some new ones and throw them on, probably along with a K&N.
 

c4c5specialist

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New Haven, Ct. USA
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Nope, but someday.
Hi there,
If you dont want to spend the money, I do the following.
If you look at the latch itself, see where the plastic contacts the air cleaner box.
Well, at that point, simply file a little of the plastic off the latch. I usually take off about a 1/8 inch.
It works every time.
YoursinCorvette, c4c5:hb
 

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