How To Clean Chainsaw Air Filter – 3 Easiest Ways

How To Clean Chainsaw Air Filter

What happens when your nose is clogged? Breathing problem. Day-to-day life is stuck. Fatigue hits so hard you can’t even cope with that – A less productive day.

This situation does not only go with humans but also with the Chainsaw. Clogged air filters can cause the same problem. 

It reduces the engine efficiency, ate up all the fuels but cuts less. As a result, your entire time, money, and energy are lost. So what is the potential solution?

Read out the entire article. You will get to know: when to clean chainsaw air filters? how to clean air filter on chainsaw? Tips for removing and cleaning the air filter on a Stihl, echo, Husqvarna chainsaw. and more solutions.

All these will save you 30% time, 20% investment, and 80% of your energy. Let’s start! 

When To Clean Air Filter?

Save yourself some bucks and clean your Chainsaw air filters rather than purchasing new ones every time

I am starting with “When.” Your Chainsaw will show up symptoms if it needs cleaning. Here are the following checklists:

  • It will take time to start.
  • Lack of power while cutting the wood. This means the engine is not getting enough air to breathe.
  • The Chainsaw eats more fuel but does not support it enough.

These features are the major indication for air filter cleaning. If you see this consistently after cleaning, it is time to replace the air filter. 

3 Best Ways To Clean Chainsaw Air Filters

3 simple ways can help you to clean the chainsaw air filter. I summarized them below. Next, there will be a thorough detail for better understanding.

how to clean air filter on chainsaw

Way 1: Cover Opening

You will learn here how to get into the air filter area. Follow the points below:

Chainsaw cover open

  • Take a flathead screwdriver.
  • You will see three latches beside the cylinder cover.
  • Open the latches with the screwdriver
  • Remove the cylinder cover.

Way 2: Remove The Air Filter

The first step is done! Let’s move on to the second step. You will remove the air filter now.

Remove The Air Filter

  • Remove the steel latches with slight pressure by using the screwdriver.
  • Pull out the plastic air filter case.
  • Use the screwdriver once more to detach the air filter from the case.

Way 3: Cleaning The Air Filter

The grimy air filter is in your hand. Time to clean it up. Follow the simple steps

  • Brush the air filter first.
  • Soak it into warm soapy water for 2 to 3 hours. 
  • Clean it with fresh warm water.
  • Let it dry for 24 hours.  

Now you are ready to re-install the air filter into the case. Follow the same process that I mentioned at first. 

Keep In mind

Dish soap and warm water at the end of the day, then let it sit overnight to dry. You would be surprised how much stuff comes out, even after the air compressor. 

I guy once told me to use diluted spray nine, in warm water. I have been using this method and it works well with the nylon mesh filters. What do others think? As for the flocked type I would probably stick with soap and water.

The Easiest Way To Clean A Chainsaw

 I show you what I think is the most simplistic way to clean a chainsaw! I used my pancake compressor with an air chuck to blow away and clean all the areas of the saw.

I’ve used rags ago, brushes, spray cleaners, etc… but I forever go back to the compressed air! It’s principally handy to get the grove of the bar.

Some of the areas you need to pay notice to when cleaning are as follows:

  • Bar groove (top and bottom) 
  • Oiler hole on the bar (both sides)
  • Sprocket nose (grease hole)
  • Air filter (LOW PSI + blow across the filter) 
  • Blow off oil and gas caps (So nothing falls in when open) 

Can you run a chainsaw without an air filter?

It apparently will run without an air filter, but dust will get sucked through the engine causing a huge increase in the rate of wear. Also, the absence of the filter may cause the fuel-air mixture to be too lean, perhaps causing a lack of power and/or overheating. Not good.

Can I wash my Stihl chainsaw air filter?

Yes, you can wash a Stihl chainsaw air filter. You can clean it with soap and water, or with a specialized air filter cleaning solution. Allow the filter to dry completely before reinstalling it. Regular cleaning will help maintain the efficiency of the air filter and extend the lifespan of your chainsaw.


Should you oil a chainsaw air filter?

No, you should not oil a chainsaw air filter. The air filter is designed to trap dirt and debris, and adding oil to it can actually make the filter less effective. Additionally, oil on the filter can mix with fuel and cause engine damage. Cleaning the air filter with soap and water or a specialized cleaning solution is the recommended method of maintaining its performance.


What is the best way to clean a reusable air filter?

The best way to clean a reusable air filter depends on the type of filter you have and the type of material it’s made from. Here are the general steps for cleaning a reusable air filter:

  1. Remove the air filter from the vehicle and tap it gently to remove any loose debris.
  2. Soak the filter in a cleaning solution designed for your type of air filter. There are various cleaning solutions available, such as water-based or solvent-based, so make sure to choose the right one for your filter.
  3. Agitate the filter in the cleaning solution to remove dirt and debris. This can be done by hand or with a brush, depending on the severity of the dirt.
  4. Rinse the filter thoroughly with water to remove all cleaning solution residue.
  5. Allow the filter to air dry completely, usually for 24 hours or more, before reinstalling it.

It’s important to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning your specific air filter to ensure you don’t damage it.


Can a chainsaw fuel filter be cleaned?

No, a chainsaw fuel filter cannot be cleaned. The fuel filter is responsible for removing dirt, debris, and other contaminants from the fuel before it enters the carburetor. Over time, the filter becomes clogged with dirt and debris, reducing fuel flow and causing engine performance problems.

If you notice a decrease in engine performance, it’s a sign that the fuel filter needs to be replaced. Cleaning a fuel filter will not restore its effectiveness, and attempting to clean it could actually cause more harm than good by spreading contaminants throughout the fuel system. It’s best to replace the fuel filter with a new one to ensure proper engine performance.

How do you clean the carburetor on a chainsaw?

Well, it a little carburetor so usually you have e to remove it from the chain service you would need to clean out the bowl and the fuel needle where fuel is delivered into the flow of the air,

And do not ignore using a proper oil/fuel ratio mixture. That is very important if you want your chainsaw to last, and regularly use the best oil you can find, such as a high-grade synthetic oil to mix with the gasoline.

What’s the proper way to care for a chainsaw?

Open the owner’s manual that comes with the saw. Read the manufacturer’s guidelines for maintenance. They are usually a bit conservative. The frequency of maintenance will be minor on use.

Keep the bar and chain clean if you fancy them to last longer. Don’t chop near the dirt.

Welcome to Sawsmachine! I'm Auton Alle and I love to talk, teach and encourage creativity through Chainsaws, Lawn mowers, Leaf Blowers, and Pressure Washers.

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