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How to Change Your Motorcycle Air Filter [Infographic]

How to Change Your Motorcycle Air Filter [Infographic]

Authored By Mark Adams 0 Comment(s)

Changing the air filter on your motorcycle will help you keep your ride in tip top shape. Instead of relying on a mechanic to do this simple fix for you, read the steps below and try it yourself. Trust us, fixing and maintaining your bike is not only better for your wallet, but it makes you feel like a motorcycle master too. The steps below should give you a good idea of how to go about changing the air filter on your bike. If you run into any problems along the way, consult your owner’s manual for additional information. Now hurry up and replace that air filter so you can get back on the road!

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  1. Locate your air filter—the position varies from bike to bike. If you’re not sure where it is, check around the sides of your engine and beneath the fuel tank.
  2. If you find the filter on the side of the engine, remove the cover and move on to step six.
  3. If you find the air filter benath the fuel tank, remove the seat and anything else in your way so that you can take out the tank and access the air filter.
  4. If you need to remove the fuel tank, be sure to turn off the petcock first.
  5. Remove the bolts around the tank and undo the wires and hoses. Be sure to mark which wires go where so that you can put them back with ease. Once the tank is free, remove it. Be careful not to spill any fuel.
  6. Now that you have access to the air box, cover it with a clean cloth to keep out any contaminants.
  7. If the filter is cotton or spongy, you will need to spray it with some solvent first. Afterward, allow it to dry fully. If the filter is paper, you can just clean it with compressed air. Be careful not to let any of the contaminants from the filter get into the gas tank. They may damage your engine.
  8. Once you’re done, put the filter back in place as well as any parts you removed to access it. Check to ensure that air is able to flow freely through the filter.


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