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2002 Intrigue Air Filter

When replacing the air filter in a 2002 Olds Intrigue (which is a real POA, BTW) which side goes up?

I have always replaced the filter myself and installed it with the screen on top and the filter 'leaves' down. The last time the filter was replaced was during a dealer service about 20K miles ago. When I changed the filter this past weekend, I noticed the dealer had installed the filter 'screen-side down', toward the intake. When I called the service department, they stated that 'screen-side down' was correct.

Is this true, or are they just trying to cover-up a mistake by some shop monkey?

I didn't notice any difference in performance or gas mileage from having the filter installed upside-down.

Actually, when I think about it, screen-side down makes sense, since this is the part of the filter that would be hit by any large debris.

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The wire mesh or screen side should be facing up. The screen is there as a reinforcement to stop the filter material from bowing-in from air pressure and debris when the car is moving.

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