Air filter, as the name suggests, filters the air that enters the lawn mower engine. Replacing air filter is one of the easiest albeit very important practice in maintaining normal operation of your lawn mower and lawn mower parts. During operation, the different engine parts move at rapid pace causing high friction. Dirts, when they get into the engine and get mixed up with fuel or oil cause considerable wear to all the engine moving parts. Air filter prevents abrasive particulate matter from entering the engine’s cylinders, where it would cause mechanical wear and oil contamination.
A clogged air filter can cause poor engine performance. Lawn mower engine needs to “breathe” air. Air is required in the combustion chamber where fuel is burned to produce power. In science term, air is needed to keep a fire burning. To put things in simple formula; more air = better combustion = better engine performance. Replacing the air filter at regular intervals or as recommended by your unit manufacturer, therefore, is one of the important maintenance you need to do in order to prolong the life of your lawn mower and lawn mower parts.
Here are the simple steps on how to chance your lawn mower air filter. It is very important to read and follow your user manual on how to change your lawn mower air filter. Use the steps provided below as a suplemental instruction.
1. Locate the air filter and remove the cover. The placement of the air filter varies from mower to mower, but they are usually located on the side of the engine behind a plastic or metal cover and are easy to spot. Some lawn mowers have snapped on air filter covers while others are attached with screws or bolts. Take note also that there are different sizes , shapes and designs of air filters depending on the brand and model of the lawn mower. Check your lawn mower manual.
Here are common air filters on popular lawn mower brands to give you a better idea of how to recognize the air filter on your mower.
2. Remove old air filter and replace it with a new one. Remove the old air filter and seat the new filter in place. Make sure that the new air filter is oriented exactly like the old one. Some filters are marked with “top” or directions marks. These filters are designed for one-way air flow, so they won’t work if they’re not oriented correctly.
3. Reattach Air Filter Cover. Make sure that the air filter cover is properly put in place. Tighten the screw or bolt.
Turn your lawn mower on and notice the difference a generous supply of clean, fresh air makes in making your engine run smoothly.
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