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Air Filter "Snow" Baffle?

TheSwede

Ready to race!
Location
Sweden, Halmstad
Is it really designed to exclude snow? If I remove it, does the element still lay where it belongs?
I haven’t seen any official name on this grill. Could “snow guard” be a guess made up by this forum? My guess is that it’s a muffler. Had one on my former Golf 6 GTI as well.

You can do without it.

When I removed it I broke mine in one corner. The spare part price was about 10 USD / 10 EUR at the dealer.

/Peter
 

shep13

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
North Pole
Does anyone have a picture of this thing? I'm still waiting to take delivery of my car so I can't check myself.

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Scottmk7

Ready to race!
Thanks! And where exactly is it located?


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In the air box under the air filter. So you open up the top of yor air box and take out the air filter and it is sitting right there.

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BxGTI

Go Kart Champion
Location
Bronx,NY
I haven’t seen any official name on this grill. Could “snow guard” be a guess made up by this forum? My guess is that it’s a muffler. Had one on my former Golf 6 GTI as well.

You can do without it.

When I removed it I broke mine in one corner. The spare part price was about 10 USD / 10 EUR at the dealer.

/Peter


Snow screen is the official name
 

defcon5

Ready to race!
Location
TX
My MK3 1995 GTI VR6 had similar snow screen. Went into the trash bin 2 days after I purchase the car. Eventually traded that in for an A4 in 2002 after 140K miles
 
Location
St. Olaf
In some VW literature it's called snow screen (ELSA, Erwin), in some it's called grille (ETKA).
I don't know if it's really meant to absorb any snow. Well, of course it could. In that case,
"hot climate versions" would probably come without it. It doesn't neccessarily need to be
true, but at least I've remember reading "somewhere" (VW literature, probably SSP or similar),
that this grille is aimed at distributing the airflow over the entire area of the filter element.
Either way, it definitely isn't a muffler. A plastic grille cannot effectively dampen any noise.
Removing that thing you probably gain nothing. If you want unrestricted air flow, get a new
filter element regularly (say, once a year). It's quite cheap (Mann, Wix, OE VW).

Great info btw.:

http://www.golfmk7.com/forums/showthread.php?t=7514
 

greggles

Go Kart Champion
Location
usa
Quick fix if you remove the snow guard to allow for even filter distribution.

Rotate your filter 180 degrees every half service interval. Easy peasy.
 

Corprin

Go Kart Champion
Location
Twin Cities
It keeps your filter dry by preventing snow flakes sucked in by your turbo from collecting on the filter rendering it wet and useless.
 
from observation it evens out the air flow, if you run with it removed you will find when you change your filter there is a distinctive area that is dirtier than the rest. With the baffle in the filter is a uniform pattern of dirt across it. Mine has been back in for three years no and I have no intention of removing it again.
 

MyGolfMk7

Go Kart Newbie
Location
FL
Ride
B5 S4, Mk7 GTI
from observation it evens out the air flow, if you run with it removed you will find when you change your filter there is a distinctive area that is dirtier than the rest. With the baffle in the filter is a uniform pattern of dirt across it. Mine has been back in for three years no and I have no intention of removing it again.
If that observation is accurate it sounds like it is evenly distributing dirt, not necessarily the air.
 

tigeo

Go Kart Champion
I would say that is accurate - I have had mine out for a year and pulled the K&N to smack out the bugs/leaves etc. (opening up the d. side duct will give you more crap in there) and the filter is dirtier in one area.
 
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