How to Clean a Chainsaw Chain, Carburetor, Air Filter?

Cleaning has always been an important factor while it comes to the maintenance of a tool or machine. If you expect to make your thing last long, then you must take this process into serious consideration. Cleaning will also help your belonging to look new and attractive.

An electric chainsaw needs a lot of maintenance. The same goes for a carburetor and an air filter. If not well taken care of and not cleaned well, many inconveniences may occur.

So, to give you some insight into the process of cleaning to give you some insight into the process of cleaning certain chainsaw parts, we have come up with our article.

In our today’s article, we will talk about the process of cleaning a chainsaw chain, a carburetor, and an air filter. So, without any further ado, let’s get into it.

How to Clean a Chainsaw Chain?

How to Clean a Chainsaw Chain

A chainsaw is a machine that is so simple to look at but can do difficult works like wood cutting. The inside mechanism is so convoluted that you need to take the whole thing apart by removing the covers to clean it properly. We will just talk about the chain cleaning part. Read the following instructions carefully.

Disassemble and Soaking in Ammonia Solution

Firstly, you have to remove the bar and chain. To do the specific task, try to read the manual of your certain chainsaw.

After you are finished with removing the parts, take the chain and soak it in some turpentine or a solution of ammonia and water for at least 15 minutes. This ammonia solution can be made easily inside of the house.

Thorough Cleaning with a Brush

The solution will help to remove all the grease and resins from the chain as well as dissolve the caked up sawdust. After taking the chain out from the solution, take a wire brush, and scrape the chain clean. In case the chain is not too dirty, you can easily clean it with a soft brush or simply with a rag or soft towel.


When you are working with the solution, make sure you are in a well-ventilated area and protect your eyes and skins. Like cleaning, sharpening the chain is also a prime factor while it comes to the maintenance. You can make the blades sharp by using a chainsaw chain sharpener that is available in the market.

How to Clean a Chainsaw Carburetor?

Do you want your chainsaw to give you the peak performance? Then, you should really take care of it and clean it regularly. A carburetor helps the gas to get to the engine so that it can operate the whole machine.

Cleaning of Outer Edge and Disassemble

At first, take a cleaning spray that is specially made for cleaning the carburetor of a chainsaw. With the help of this spray and a small brush, clean the outside part of the carburetor. After you are done with the process, remove the adjustment needles, cover plate, and the diaphragm.


Clean the Diaphragm

Another thing you should keep in mind that you have to memorize the order you maintained while removing the parts. This will make it easier while putting the parts back together after cleaning.

The next step is to clean the diaphragm, and the needle adjuster with the help of cleaning spray. Just spray into the tricky holes to clean them properly.


If you are still in the dark, then you can go to youtube to see the whole process for yourself. It will make your work a lot easier. Now the last step is to reassemble all the parts. Here you go with your clean carburetor.

How to Clean a Chainsaw Air Filter?

It is recommended to clean the air filter on a daily basis, and every time you refuel it. Below we will describe the process of cleaning your air filter. The process is known as ‘Foam Filter Cleaning.’

Removing the Air Filter Cover and Washing

First of all, you have to dismantle your air filter cover. Then take the air filter out from inside and place it on a higher place like a table. Now take a bowl full with warm soapy water and wash the air filter carefully. With the help of a clean cloth, wipe the water and clean the air filter.


Getting Rid of Dust

Use a clean cloth to wipe out the excessive oil in the air filter. You can also use a small brush to gently wipe out the dust and other debris from the air filter. Last but not least, reassemble the air filter and the cover.

Do It Often!

You should make sure to clean the air filter every now and then. It is very important for chainsaw maintenance. So, keep this in mind if you want to make your chainsaw last a long time as well as the air filter itself.


In our article, we tried to cover the cleaning process of a chainsaw air filter, carburetor, and chain. Hopefully, you got all the information you needed. Thanks for all the patience. Cheers!

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