It is a charcoal activated filter. It is supposed to be blackThe car parts store did not have a filter. So, with nothing to loose I washed it with Simple Green and dunked it in a 5 gallon bucket of water, WOW. instant black water. Seriously, 30K miles on a used car it was amazing how well this filter did it's job. So I set it up on the top of the car and let it dry out. And all is good. In retrospect, if you can have a new filter on hand , just remove and replace it.
If not, it washes out just fine. View attachment 171095
I live in Los Angeles. I installed a K&N on my 2014. I have been putting them in all my cars for 25 years or so. Buy once and done. Clean once a year (twice a year if it's been especially dusty) and put back in.
Factory direct K&N replacement air filters, air intakes, oil filters & cabin filters. KNFilters.com - the official site for performance filtration products.www.knfilters.com