Lawn Mowers How to Replace the Air Filter in an Ariens Zoom 42" Zero Turn

Published on April 29th, 2015 | by Kimberly Myers


How to Replace the Air Filter on an Ariens Zoom Zero Turn

Has your engine not been running quite right? It could be the air filter!

If your air filter is dirty your engine may not run at all! Here are the steps to help you change your air filter and get your mower running like its brand new!

What You Will Need:

  • Ariens Zoom Zero Turn
  • Water (if cleaning)
  • Detergent (if cleaning)
  • New Pre-Cleaner
  • New Paper Element
  • Fresh Engine Oil

*This model of mower’s air filter consists of a replaceable paper element and a foam pre-cleaner instead of a pre-assembled air filter.

Be sure to check your owner’s manual for model specific information and a recommended maintenance schedule!

Opening the Air Filter Cover:

Rotate the air cleaner cover levers outward to unlock the cover; remove the air cleaner cover.

Replacing the Pre-Cleaner:

Step 1:

Remove the pre-cleaner from paper element.

Step 2:

Replace the pre-cleaner, or wash the existing one warm water with detergent, rinse and be sure to let it thoroughly air dry.

Step 3:

Lightly oil the pre-cleaner with new engine oil; squeeze out any excess oil.

Step 4:

Re-install the pre-cleaner over the paper element.

Replacing the Paper Element:

Step 1:

Remove the element from the base.

Step 2:

Service the pre-cleaner (as described above).

Step 3:

Discard Element.

Step 4:

Insert pre-cleaner over new paper element.

Step 5:

Install on to base.

Closing the Air Cleaner Cover:

Position the air cleaner cover with levers outward over air cleaner, turn the lever inward to lock.


Now your mower should be back in good shape and running like it was when you first got it! Remember to keep up with your mowers maintenance to prevent any problems from occurring, routine maintenance can lead to less broken parts and less major repairs!

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