3 Reasons to Clean Your ATV's Air Filter
If you own an ATV, you probably already know that you should change the oil and air filter on your machine as part of its regular maintenance.
However, sometimes air filters don't need to be replaced, just cleaned. Because of the conditions you subject your ATV's engine to with each ride, you should clean your ATV's air filter regularly. Here are 3 good reasons why.
Reason #1: More Horsepower
Fresh air can't pass easily through a clogged air filter, and less air entering your engine means less horsepower. You paid good money for your ATV, so you deserve to get all the HP it's capable of producing. Make sure your air filter is clean so your engine can gulp in as much air as it needs, and provide you with as much horsepower as you expect it to deliver.
Reason #2: Fewer Oil Changes
The more dirt and debris in your air filter, the more dirt and debris enters your ATV's engine. Some of those contaminants work their way into the engine's oil, which means you'll need to change it more frequently. Dirty engine oil doesn't lubricate or cool your ATV's engine as effectively as clean oil, which leads to increased engine wear. Speaking of increased engine wear...
Reason #3: Longer Engine Life
Most of the dust and debris from a dirty air filter goes straight into your engine's combustion chamber, where it scratches and scars the walls of the cylinders, piston heads and piston rings. When that happens, we're talking very expensive top-end rebuilds and cylinder head replacements. A clean air filter prevents dirt from entering your ATV's engine, and thus helps extend the life of the motor.
How Often Should You Clean Your ATV's Air Filter?
At the bare minimum, you should inspect and clean your ATV's air filter with every motor oil change, or approximately after every 50 hours of use. However, if you ride in dusty or sandy conditions often, you should clean your air filter more frequently than that.
A good rule of thumb is to check and clean the air filter on your ATV after every ride. It may seem like a lot of work, but remember this: a clean air filter means you get more horsepower, longer engine life and less frequent oil changes. That sounds like a pretty good trade-off for the work you put into it, don't you think?
Now that you know 3 great reasons to change your ATV's air filter, how about learning how to do it by watching an expert mechanic on the job? Watch the video below to see how to clean and oil an ATV air filter.