I'm leaving this up so that others can give me the gibing I richly deserve. But if you're just glancing through quickly, note that I'm wrong
(well, the filter is obviously shot, but the rest... no).
Does it count as dusting if you find part of a maple "helicopter" in the air box, post filter? Rhetorical question.
Gah. BTW, what's the point of buying a replacement if these have a defective manufacturing process? Am I going to have to plan to check this thing weekly? I'm sure that will increase the odds of improper installation or wear on the filter gasket.
Given that "plenty" of shit has gotten into the engine now, should I just plan to change the oil for the second time in 8,000 miles? Anything else to mitigate potential damage?
Special procedures for documenting this at the dealer to try to preserve warranty, should that crop up?
If my local dealer has stock, tomorrow morning I will be buying two
of these POS air filters. One as the immediate replacement, and the other to swap in when the new one fails within 6 months or whatever. Have to have a backup.