Sponsored content: Hitting the “dusty” trail: Dry weather can cause debris to clog air filters

For motorized trail riders, the heat and dry soil are part of what makes the outdoors great – even though it can be hard on machines.

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Lee Huntley is the service manager at Bud's Powersports.

“The heat and dirt and everything else Mother Na-ture throws at us in this season, out on the trail it can have dry, dusty conditions causing your machine to in-gest a lot of debris,” said Bud’s PowerSports service technician, Lee Huntley. “If your filter plugs up, it will cause your machine to run badly or just stop all togeth-er.”

After each ride – before your next ride – check the air filter. It’s one of the checks ATV and SxS (side by side) owners should perform each time out. It’s good to be aware of what all parts your ride’s owner manual lists for regular inspection. And when in doubt, it’s good to ask those who have professional experience what to do – and what not to do.

“Never blow compressed air through your filter,” Huntley said. “When you do replace your filter be sure to use an OEM product.”

And “With dry conditions it’s also important to pack an up-to-date fire extinguisher,” Huntley said, “and be sure to properly put out your cigarettes while on the trail.”

The pros in the Bud’s PowerSports shop are experienced mechanics, and they’re experienced riders. Con-tact Bud’s PowerSports for all your ATV, UTV and SxS needs at (208)962-3211.

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