2-18 FUEL SYSTEM
Air Cleaner Element Cleaning and Inspection
In dusty areas, the element should be cleaned more
frequently than the recommended interval.
After riding through rain or on muddy roads, the element
should be cleaned immediately.
Clean the element in a well-ventilated area, and take
care that there are no sparks or fame anywhere near
the working area.; this includes any appliance with
a pilot light.
Because of the danger of highly flammable liquids,
do not use gasoline or a low flash-point solvent to
clean the element.
Remove the air cleaner element (see Air Cleaner Element
Clean the element [A] in a bath of a high-flash point sol-
Squeeze it dry in a clean towel.
After cleaning, saturate the element with SE, SF, or SG,
class SAE30 oil, squeeze out the excess, then wrap it in
a clean rag and squeeze it as dry as possible. Be careful
not to tear the element.
Visually check the element for tears or breaks. Also check
the sponge gasket [A], the plastic holders [B] and wire
If the element or gasket has any tears or breaks, replace
If the holders and screen are distorted, replace them.
If the sponge gasket comes loose, stick it back on with an
A drain hose is connected to the bottom of the air cleaner
housing to drain water or oil accumulated in the housing.
Visually check the catch tank [A] of the drain hose if the
water or oil accumulates in the tank.
If any water or oil accumulates in the tank, drain it by
taking off the drain plug [B] at the lower end of the drain
Be sure to reinstall the plug in the drain hose after
draining. Oil on tires will make them slippery and
can cause an accident and injury.