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Motorcycle Fuel Filters

Motorcycle Fuel Filters

A motorcycle fuel filter is an important component of your motorcycle’s fuel system. Much like your air filter keeps your motorcycle’s engine free from debris, a fuel filter keeps your engines performance up. It’s important to change all your filters, including air and fuel filters, on a regular basis.

How do fuel filters work?

Fuel filters are part of your vehicle’s fuel line. This important part keeps up your motorcycle’s performance by cleaning out dirt and debris from your fuel system. If the fuel filter isn’t changed periodically by purchasing and installing a replacement part, it can become clogged. Your air filter works similarly, keeping contaminants out of your engine.

How do you know if you have a bad fuel filter?

Your filter may be bad if your vehicle starts to hesitate in situations where it needs more power and more fuel, such as going uphill. If your motorcycle starts to stall out or hesitate in these situations, it may be time for a replacement part. Another symptom is if your vehicle isn’t starting properly. If your filter becomes clogged, it will make your fuel pump work harder, which could damage it. Performance is important, and keeping your filters clean is vital.

How often do you change your fuel filter?

Your owner’s manual will specify exactly how often your filter should be replaced. Typically, the filter will need to be replaced every 20,000 to 40,000 miles. You may need to change it more often if you live in an area with high pollution, or if you ride frequently. If you notice your vehicle’s performance declining, this is one part to check. If it breaks down, fuel contaminants could reach your engine, impacting your motorcycle’s overall performance.

What kind of fuel filter do you need?

Logically, every vehicle is different and needs different parts. Your owner’s manual will let you know exactly what type of fuel filter you need. You want to get a replacement part that is compatible with your motorcycle. Otherwise, it may not work properly and keep your fuel system clean.

How do you change your fuel filter?
  • Run your fuel lines dry unless your engine is fuel injected. If this is the case, you can skip this step.
  • Access the hose and loosen any clamps or brackets that are holding the fuel filter in place.
  • Install and secure the new filter.
  • Make sure the fuel flow is in the right direction on your replacement filter.