John Deere 5050D Engine – Air Cleaner

John Deere 5050D Engine - Air Cleaner Problems

Service Air Cleaner

  • A dual element air filter is standard.
  • A dirty primary element is indicated when the air filter restriction indicator on the instrument panel illuminates.
  • A dirty element can cause a loss of power or excessive smoke.
  • Check the discharge valve frequently.
  • Empty it frequently to prevent it from getting dusty.
  • If the valve is allowed to fill with dust, the air cleaner element quickly clogs.
  • Check the air filter when the indicator light comes on, every 250 hours or at least once a year.
  • Replace the primary element at least once a year.
  • Remove the secondary element only when it is replaced, usually once a year.

Replace Air Cleaner Elements

  • Open the hood and remove the side grill.
  • Release the clips. Remove the lid.
  • Remove the primary element.
  • Clean the dirt from the bowl being careful not to damage the secondary filter element.
  • If the secondary element is replaced, install the new element immediately to prevent dust from entering the air intake system.
  • Disassembly of the secondary element is similar to that of the primary element.
  • When installing the air filter cartridge, make sure the dust discharge valve is facing downward.
  • Install the secondary element, primary element, and cap.
  • Install the side racks.

Remove Primary Air Cleaner Element

  • Disconnect the rubber strap from the front of the tank.
  • Lift the clip and pull the lid off the canister.
  • Clean the dirt from the bowl being careful not to damage the secondary filter element.
  • The removal of the secondary element is similar to that of the primary element.

Clean Primary Element

  • Gently tap the sides of the element to loosen dirt.
  • DO NOT hit the item against a hard surface.
  • Clean element with compressed air (below 690 kPa or 100 psi).
  • Hold the nozzle close to the inner surface and move the pleats up and down.
  • Inspect the element before reinstalling.

Wash Primary Element

  • If the element is covered in oil or soot, wash it with a warm water solution.
  • Let the element soak for at least 15 minutes and then shake it gently to remove any dirt.
  • Thoroughly rinse the element from the inside with clean water.
  • Use an element cleaning gun or free-flow hose.
  • Keep the water pressure low (less than 280 kPa or 40 psi) to avoid damaging the element.
  • Let the item dry completely before using it.
  • This usually takes one to three days.
  • DO NOT oven dry or use drying agents.
  • Protect item from freezing until dry.
  • Inspect the element before installing it.

Inspect Element

  • Keep a bright light inside the item and check carefully for holes.
  • Discard any item with the slightest hole.
  • Make sure the outer screen is not dented.
  • The vibration would quickly wear down a hole in the filter.
  • Make sure the rubber sealing surfaces are in good condition at both ends.
  • If damaged, replace the item.
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