How to clean the air filter on a chainsaw

The air filter prevents dirt from getting into your chainsaw.

A dirty or damaged air filter can shorten its service life.

Generally speaking, the air filter should be cleaned thoroughly on a daily basis after use. Under more demanding conditions, the air filter should be checked and cleaned every time you refuel. If the filter develops a hole or a cut, it should be replaced immediately.

  1. Take off the air filter cover and carefully remove the air filter.
  2. Wash the foam filter in clean, warm, soapy water.
  3. Squeeze the foam filter dry in a clean cloth.
  4. Apply foam filter oil.
  5. Squeeze the foam filter in a clean cloth to remove excess oil.
  6. Refit the foam filter and cover.
  1. Use a flattened screwdriver to open the three latches on the cylinder cover of the chainsaw.
  2. Remove the cylinder cover.
  3. Use the screwdriver to lift and release the metal latch that holds the air filter in place.
  4. Check the air filter for dirt and damage.
  5. Open the air filter by carefully putting the screwdriver between the upper and lower part and separating them.
  6. If the air filter is damaged or very dirty, replace it.
  7. Clean the air filter using a clean brush, or wash it in soap/water.
  8. Put the air filter back together again and ensure that it is placed correctly in the chainsaw before putting the cylinder cover back on.
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