How to Change the Air Filter in Your Car

A dirty air filter could reduce horsepower and reduce life of your car so its really important to change your air filter every 6 months.

Steps

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    Obtain the Air filter first before throwing out the old one.
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    Open your hood and look for the airbox, Check owners manual for the location of the airbox.
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    Once you found the airbox, there should be clamps or screws that seals the airbox closed.
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    Unscrew or unclasp the airbox so you can access air filter.
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    Pull the top cover open until the air filter is accessible.
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    Once you get it open, remove the old air filter and compare its size and dimensions to the new one. (The new air filter should look exactly as the stock filter). Discard or Recycle old filter.
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    Place in the new air filter and make sure it fits snug and fits really well.
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    After placing the air filter, reverse the steps of opening which means close the box up, re-clamp or screw the box closed and shut the hood.

Tips

  • If you don't know what filter you should by look for the model number on the stock filter and check on the store shelves for the EXACT filter.
  • Changing your air filter could extend gas mileage
  • ALWAYS change your air filter when recommended
  • Change your air filter every 10,000 miles (16,000 km)
  • Depend on the usage of your car, you might have to change your filter more frequently.
  • Using a different type of air filter material is much better than a regular cotton or paper filter because of airflow, materials like cotton gauze, or foam air filters but it's a bit more expensive.
  • Depending on your cars manufacture a replacement air filter could be hard to find off store shelves
  • If you couldn't find a replacement air filter off the store shelves, go to the dealer and they will get a replacement for you.
  • Treat your car with a lot of care
  • If you get confused and have too much trouble, visit a mechanic.

Warnings

  • Never alter or mod the air filter
  • Always get the new part first before ruining the old part.
  • Foreign objects or dirt that enters your engine is bad.

Things You'll Need

  • New air filter
  • Screwdriver if needed

Article Info

Categories: Car Maintenance and Repair