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Old 14-05-18, 07:27 AM   #1
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Default Crankcase breather 'sponge'

I have an 08 model and have ordered a new crankcase filter because the old one is looking pretty sad.


Q: Do I have to soak the new one in motor oil before installing?
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Old 14-05-18, 09:00 AM   #2
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No need to oil it, it'll get enough oil from the crankcase vapours
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Old 14-05-18, 09:20 AM   #3
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Thanks. Clean the old shriveled one with methylated spirits? (new one is on backorder).
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Old 14-05-18, 12:56 PM   #4
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Just use warm soapy water (washing up liquid or similar), squeeze it gently dry-ish in an old bit of cleanish rag and refit.

It actually doesn't need to be cleaned as such, its purpose is to trap oil droplets coming from the crank breather so that they don't contaminate the air filter element too much. When enough oil is trapped, it will drip back down the breather tubes. You can also just gently squeeze the oil out of it into kitchen paper etc without washing it.
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Old 14-05-18, 02:48 PM   #5
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Just use warm soapy water (washing up liquid or similar), squeeze it gently dry-ish in an old bit of cleanish rag and refit.

It actually doesn't need to be cleaned as such, its purpose is to trap oil droplets coming from the crank breather so that they don't contaminate the air filter element too much. When enough oil is trapped, it will drip back down the breather tubes. You can also just gently squeeze the oil out of it into kitchen paper etc without washing it.
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