How to Clean a Motorcycle Air Cleaner How to Clean a Motorcycle Air Cleaner
There are benefits associated with maintaining motorcycle air cleaner in good condition. It makes the engine last for a long period. It is one of the components that make it possible for the motorcycle to run and perform at top condition. Driving long distances causes a build up of dirt, dust and debris in the engine.
Step 1 - Get the Necessary Materials
There are three main types of motor cycle air cleaners. For oiled foam cleaners, buy cleaning solvent from a mechanic’s or garage store.
Get filter oil as well. When cleaning oiled fabric cleaners, buy laundry soap and filter oil as well
Get a bucket and protective clothing.
Step 2 - Cleaning the Filter
Remove the dirty air from the motor cycle. Be careful not to drop it or tear into the foam. Pull it slowly and place it on a safe surface. Put enough solvent in a clean bucket when cleaning oil foam cleaners. For oiled fabric cleaners, place suitable amount of water in a bucket and dissolve proportional quantity of soap.
Take the cleaner and dip it into the bucket. Use hands to squeeze out dirty and oil residues from either foam. Use gentle motions and press fingers towards the middle shaft of the cleaner. This helps to remove as much dirt as possible.
Repeat the process until the cleaner is well washed and free from any form of dirt and oil. For each step use fresh supplies of either solvent or soap and water for oil foam and oil fabric respectively.
Step 3 – Rinse Air Cleaners and Dry
For each type of air cleaner, place new supply of clean water into a clean bucket. Use hands to rinse the material until it is free from soapy water or solvent. This can be done at least three times.
Take the air cleaner and place it in a clean and dry surface. Let it dry completely.
Step 4 - Oil Air Cleaners
There are different types of oils that can be used for this purpose. Special air filter oil can be applied to the dried air cleaners. Other types of oil that can be used for this purpose include 30w or 90w engine oil.
Pour out small quantities of oil onto the air cleaner and use hands to make sure that all parts of the component gets oil. Add more quantities and massage it into the air cleaner until all parts are covered. This allows it to work effectively.
Step 5 - Fix Air Cleaners
Be carefully when placing the air cleaner back on the motorcycle. Make sure it is secure and fast enough. If there is visible dirt in the compartment then clean it first before putting back the air cleaner.
- Always put oil on air cleaners made from foam filters. This allows them to work properly. These are commonly used as air cleaners in dirt bikes