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CHAPTER THREE
AIR FILTER
A
clogged air filter will cause a rich fuel/air
mixture, resulting in power loss and poor gas
mileage. Never run the bike without an air
filter. Even minute particles of dust can cause
severe internal engine wear and clogging of
carburetor passages.
NOTE
Thc airjilter elrtnent is a dry paper type.
Do nor oil t h y filter or
you
will ruin it und
cuuse the ctiginc t o run too rich.
1 .
KZ.500 and KZ.550-D: Remove the fuel
tank: see Fuel Tank Remo~al in Chapter Seven.
Remove the baflle plate mounting bolts and
washers (Figure 55) and move the plate aside
for filter clearance.
2. Remove the 2 air cleaner cover screws and
washers (Figure 56).
3.
Lift the rear of the fuel tank for clearance if
necessary and remove the filter (Figure 57).
4. T o install. reverse the removal steps. Make
sure the bottom of the filter is squarely seated
in front of the ridge in the bottom ofthe still air
box (Figure
58).
Make sure the filter element
doesn't crimp or slip off its frame when you
install it.
Cleaning
Tap the filter sharply against a solid surface
to remove the heavy particles, then blow it
clean with compressed air. if available.
Kawasaki
recommends
cleaning
the
paper-type filter in a non-oily solvent, then
allowing it to dry.
Install a new air filter every 5 cleanings or
every 6,000 miles (10.000 km) or any time the
element or gaskets are damaged. Clean the
filter more frequently in dusty areas and after
riding in the rain.
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