Air filters prevent dirt and debris that is picked up during the mowing process from getting into your lawn mower. Dirt and debris can enter the engine through the carburetor if the air filter is worn out. Replacing your lawn mowers air filter is a simple maintenance practice that will improve performance and extend the lifespan of your mower.
Types of Lawn Mower Air Filters
Disposable paper air filters use a folded assortment of special paper to catch particles. These filters are designed to be thrown away rather than reused.
Reusable foam air filters can be washed and reused. Before being reused, they are lightly oiled to keep contaminants from passing through.
How to locate the Air Filter on a Lawn Mower
To replace your air filter, you first need to locate where it is in your lawn mower. The placement of the air filter differs from mower to mower. The standard location of an air filter is on the side of the engine behind a metal or plastic cover. Once you find the cover, open it and check whether the filters look dirty or oily. This is a sign that the air filters need to be changed. If most of the dirt can be removed with a gentle tap on the surface, you can continue using the filter a bit longer.
Remove Your Old Air Filter
The second step is to remove the disposable air filter from its compartment. Clean the compartment using a rag to make sure it is clean. You should note how the air filter fits into its compartment.
Replace the Air Filter
Fit your new air filter in place and make sure it is positioned exactly as the old one. Air filters are designed for one-way airflow and will not work if they are not appropriately aligned. Some filters have manuals that will indicate the right side up. Finally, reattach the air filter cover, and screw the cover back on.
Running your lawn mower without an air filter can allow dirt into the engine and clog in the carburetor and lead to cylinder damage. The owner’s manual usually offers suggestions for intervals in air filter maintenance. You should inspect and replace your air filter regularly at the beginning of the season.
The standard suggestions to replace pleated paper air filters is after 300 hours of use or about three months. For foam pre-cleaners, they should be cleaned every 25 hours of use. These times may vary and can be increased based on conditions of use.