How To Clean A Dirt Bike Air Filter?
Post on 01,October 2020   6:52 AM
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Behind every healthy engine is an air filter. For there to be proper combustion in your machine, you need to have an air filter so that your engine can be powered. As you keep using your engine, there would be an accumulation of debris, dirt, and even pebbles, leading to impedance to air flow.

The ultimate result of having a dirty engine is that your engine would have to do more work. Your engine would have to put in more work to draw in air and cool down in this state. The tendency for the piston and carburetor of your engine to get damaged is relatively high in this dirty state.

Categories of Air Filters

Two major categories of air filters exist, and these are dry and oiled air filters. Dirt bikes employ foam as the material for their air filters; it is more effective than paper filters. The downside of using this is that it impedes airflow due to its density; oil filters are standard too.

For causal bike riders, thorough cleaning should be done after ever fifty-thousand miles, and for others, less visibility of certain screen portions is an alarm. It is essential to take even greater caution after massive rides on sand dunes, gravel, or lots of dirt.

Do make it a habit to regularly clean the air filter if you want to ensure your piston and carburetor's longevity. 

Two factors to consider when you want to choose an air filter cleaner include:

  • It should be useful in doing a thorough cleaning of your engine.
  • It should not be a petroleum-based chemical.

As a rule, never use any solvents or even kerosene for cleaning your air filter. It has been known that most petroleum-based products, used as cleaners, tend to dissolve the materials of filters.

Looking for the ideal filter cleaner that is tough on heavy soils and grease, yet soft on the filter materials even while cleaning? Then, Extreme Simple Green Motorsports Cleaner and Degreaser is your best bet.

Using this cleaner by strictly adhering to the instructions would be very profitable, as it can thoroughly clean all parts of your bike. This cleaner is suitable for the following materials:

  • Carbon fiber
  • Metals
  • Plastics
  • Gel-coated surfaces
  • Titanium
  • High-tech alloys
  • Electroplated and anodized parts
  • Painted surfaces
  • Aluminum, etc.

Here Is How to Use It

Before going on to clean the air filter, make sure you check the owner's manual. Ensure that the engine is cold before going ahead to clean. Your cleaning and maintenance should be as stated by the manufacturers.

Air filter removal: This is the first thing you should do. As you take out the air filter, ensure that no debris gets into the intake. Put a clean rag on the airbox as you start cleaning the filter. In order to remove the outer element, remove both the wing and the housing on the filter.

Applying the cleaner: Now, use the Simple Green Motorsports Degreaser by spraying it over the whole filter surface. After spraying, give it some time to soak into the air filter.

 Rinse the filter: To push the dirt and debris into the filter's fibers, it is best to use a garden hose or a faucet to rinse the filter. As you rinse it, don’t stretch the filter or wring it. Do repeat the process if you deem it necessary.

Dry: After rinsing it, shake off any loose water from the filter, and then make it air dry. Ensure that the filter is totally dry before applying oil (that's if you use an oil filter) and then replace it.

Oil and replace: This is only important if you have an oiled filter. Make use of a new filter oil in other to saturate the whole filter, the sealing flange, and lip inclusive. Also, to prevent and avoid affecting sensitive aspects of the MAF of modern vehicles, caution needs to be taken to avert over-oiling. MAF stands for Mass Air Flow.

When the Mass Air Flow is measured, it could affect how the air consumption is measured, causing the "check engine" light. After that, evenly spray the oil along the top of each filter pleat. Then, let the oil wick for twenty minutes. Then, go ahead to squeeze out the spare part, and afterward, take back the filter to its shelter (housing).

There you have it. The tips above can help you clean the air filter of your dirt bike with ease.


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