How Do I Clean My Tractor Air Cleaner Element?

We want to help you clean your tractor air cleaner element.


If you do not feel that you understand these steps, or can perform them safely, consult your tractor dealer or local mechanic.


Time to get started.


CAUTION: Beware of flying objects. Always wear eye protection when servicing the engine and when using compressed air or high-pressure water. Dust, flying debris, compressed air, pressurized water, or steam may injure your eyes.


Failure to comply may result in minor or moderate injury.


Note that a typical air cleaner is shown in Figure 5-11 and Figure 5-12 for illustrative purposes only.


The engine performance is adversely affected when the air cleaner element is clogged with dust. Be sure to clean the air filter element periodically.


NOTE: When the engine is operated in dusty conditions, clean the air cleaner element more frequently. Never operate the engine with the air cleaner element(s) removed. This may allow foreign material to enter the engine and damage it.


1. Unlatch and remove the air cleaner cover (Figure 5-11, (1)).


2. Remove the element (Figure 5-11, (2)) (outer element if equipped with two elements).














3. Blow air (Figure 5-11, (3)) through the element from the inside out using 42 - 71 psi (0.29 - 0.49 MPa; 3.0 - 5.0 kgf/ cm2 compressed air to remove the particulates. Use the lowest possible air pressure to remove the dust without damaging the element.


If the air cleaner is equipped with a double element, only remove and replace the inner element (Figure 5-12, (1)) if the engine lacks power or the dust indicator actuates (if equipped).


The inner element should not be removed when cleaning or replacing the outer element. The inner element is used to prevent dust from entering the engine while servicing the outer element.


4. Replace the element with a new one if the element is damaged, excessively dirty, or oily.


5. Clean inside of the air cleaner cover.


6. Install the element into the air cleaner case (Figure 5-11, (4)).

Note: If there is a red line (Figure 5-13, (2)) in the outer element, reinsert the element until the overlap position of red line and end face of the air cleaner case.


7. Install the air cleaner cover making sure you match the arrow (Figure 5-11, (5)) on the cover with the arrow on the case (Figure 5-11, (6)).


8. Latch the air cleaner cover to the case.


If you need any further help or have any questions about air cleaners, tractors, or anything else, please contact your dealer, local mechanic, or call us at 602-734-9944. Please ask about our current new and used tractor supply.


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