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I have a 2016 Outback with 2.5i engine. I just ordered a K &

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I have a 2016 Outback with 2.5i engine. I just ordered a K & N air filter to replace the standard air filter for this car. I read a couple of posts about the MAP sensor and damage. K & N says there is no issue with any damage as part of their guarantee. Is this something to worry about? Thank you.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Subaru
Expert:  Mike V. replied 1 year ago.

Hi there,

Is it just the air filter or is it a cold air intake system?

Also, I assume it's a possible issue with the maf sensor and not the map sensor.

Expert:  Mike V. replied 1 year ago.

I personally have used the K&N air filters without any issues at all. One was on a nissan altima which has a very sensitive mass air flow sensor, the other is a cold air intake system on my mustang GT.

I have never had a single issue with either vehicle or a problem with the air filter. I suspect the issues you may be reading about were brought on by dirty air filters. This can cause some damage to the maf sensor.

As for the map sensor, this isn't going to be an issue at all for you. The map sensor is not in the duct work for the air filter and reads the Manifold Absolute Pressure. It's a different sensor all together.

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Thank you so much!

Expert:  Mike V. replied 1 year ago.

Hello again,

I hadn't heard back from you so I was wondering if you need further assistance with this?