Maintenance Guide - How to Maintain Your Motorcycle Air-Filter
Snapshot: Doing this job, the air filter catches a lot of dirt and grime. It is important to keep the filter clear at all times so that the engine is able to pull in the required amount of air easily and the perfect air fuel mixture is going inside the engine.
The air filter of your motorcycle plays a very important role. The air going into the carburettor comes from the air filter so that it is clean and free from any suspended particles. Doing this job, the air filter catches a lot of dirt and grime. It is important to keep the filter clear at all times so that the engine is able to pull in the required amount of air easily and the perfect air fuel mixture is going inside the engine.
The right amount of air is very important for smooth operation of the motorcycle engine. If the air filter isn’t clean, the carburettor won’t get sufficient air to mix with the fuel. This would disturb the air fuel ratio and the mixture going in the engine would be rich. The power output of the engine will go down and the fuel won’t burn completely. So along with the power, the fuel efficiency is also compromised. If the air filter isn’t clean, you would also feel a significant drop in the throttle response of your motorcycle. When you let go of the throttle, the revs won’t drop right away. While the service people clear the air filter during the service, it is advisable to do that frequently. Here are the simple steps that you need to follow to clean the air filter.
First you need to find where the air filter is located on your motorcycle. In most cases, you will find it opposite to the panel containing the battery or under the seat. Still you should consult the user manual of the motorcycle first to find out where it is. Carefully remove the air filter from its position.
There are different kinds of air filters being used on motorcycles these days. Many manufacturers have switched to high flow paper air filters. These filter offer better air flow and are easier to manage. If your motorcycle has got a paper air filter, just pull it out, tap it on a hard surface a couple of times to remove some dirt. Then use a vacuum cleaner on the blower end to blow out the dirt from the air filter. If you think a lot of dirt has accumulated on the filter paper, it would be better to replace rather than trying to clean the filter. These filters are really affordable and a new one would cost a couple of hundred bucks at the most.
In case your motorcycle has a soft foam type air filter, you would have to use air filter cleaning solution to clean the filter. Clean it with the solution until the dirt and grime goes away and you get a clean looking filter.
A paper air filter is ready to be placed back in its spot as soon as you are done cleaning it but it isn’t the case with foam air filters. After you have cleaned the filter properly with air filter cleaning solution, you will have to soak the filter in air filter oil. After this allow the excess oil to escape from the filter completely. After it has been oiled properly, you would have to allow it to dry for 10-15 minutes. Once it has dried, put the filter back in the motorcycle. Make sure that you close the filter box properly so that the air doesn’t find any other way into it.
You should keep cleaning the air filter on your motorcycle at regular intervals to ensure smooth operation and good performance. Keep an eye on the distance you have clocked since you last cleaned the filter. Also keep in mind that if you live in dusty areas, you might have to do this more often. If you are using an aftermarket air filter on your motorcycle like K & N, make sure you follow the process suggested by the air filter manufacturer for cleaning it.
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