How to Change Your Car’s Breather/Air Filter


Each make and model of car is different so it is important to locate all parts in the manual and determine their exact location before starting. Some vehicles also require special tools. Make sure your repair manual does not mention any special tools before you start.

It is recommended to change your air filter at least once a year. This is fairly simple to do.

What you will need:

Pliers Screwdrivers Assorted Wrenches New Air Filter

What to Do:

Ensure that your car’s motor is cooled. It is important to never work on a vehicle that is hot or has been driven recently. Your hand may slip and you can be seriously burned.

1. Raise the hood and locate the cleaner assembly. It will look like a big metal circle sitting on top of the engine. On the top there is a wing nut. Loosen and remove this nut and sit it where you can find it. 2. Take off the top metal cover. There may be clips on the edge of the pan that holds the filter. Try to use your fingers to remove these, not a screwdriver because you could jab your hand. 3. If you have to take off any hoses, make sure to remember where you got them from. For most vehicles, you won’t have to take any hoses off. 4. Take out the air filter; it will be a big circle. Make sure to dispose of it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. There are different disposal instructions for different materials. 5. Wipe out the inside of the pan with a rag to remove any pieces of the old filter and debris. 6. Place the new filter in the same way you took out the old filter. Use any clamps that were used to hold the cartridge before. 7. Replace top the same as when you took it off. Make sure the wing nut is tight. 8. Shut your hood and you are finished.

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