How to Clean a Harley Davidson Air Cleaner

by Thomas West

Harley-Davidson, a motorcycle manufacturer in the United States, has a rich history with its first motorcycle being built in 1903 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Harley-Davidson is still selling motorcycles as of 2009. Most Harley-Davidson riders take pride in their motorcycles by keeping them well maintained. Whether you ride an expertly restored antique or a brand new model off the showroom floor, the key to keeping your machine running efficiently is to keep the air cleaner element dirt free.

Remove the air cleaner cover insert on the right hand side of the motorcycle by removing the two attaching screws with a #10-24 hex head wrench in a counter clockwise motion.

Remove the air cleaner cover by removing the attaching screw with a Philips screw driver in a counterclockwise motion.

Remove the air filter element by removing the three attaching screws with a ¼-20 TORX wrench in a counterclockwise motion.

Fill a shallow pan with 9.5mm (or .375 inch) of degreaser.

Place the air filter element on its edge into the pan of degreaser. Roll the filter element all the way around on its edge until the filter pleats are soaked with degreaser on the outside. Do not allow degreaser to get inside the air filter element.

Remove the air filter element from the degreaser. Place the element on newspapers and allow the degreaser to soak into the filter pleats for approximately five minutes.

Rinse the air filter element thoroughly with a stream of water from the inside out.

Place the air filter element on clean newspapers and let it air dry completely.

Reinstall the air filter element to the air cleaner with the three attaching screws and a ¼-20 TORX wrench in a clockwise motion.

Reinstall the air cleaner cover with the attaching screw and a Philips screwdriver in a clockwise motion.

Reinstall the air cleaner cover insert with the two attaching screws and a #10-24 hex head wrench in a clockwise motion.

Tips

  • check Examine the air filter element every 5000 miles, or more frequently when dusty conditions exist.
  • check Do not over-tighten any of the attaching screws when re-installing the air filter element.

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