DIY Air Filter Change: How to Change Air Filter In Car?

Our vehicles, whether they are automobiles or trucks, not only need oil, water, gasoline, diesel or other type of fuel, but they also need Air. The Air Filters are responsible for keeping your engine clean, free of dirt, dust and insects. With the time you have been driving you should clean it or replace it in order to maintain a good flow of air to the engine and work in an optimal way. These filters are cheap and easy to get.

Below we show you an 8 step process on how to change Air Filter in car.

1. Search for the Right Filter for your Vehicle

You must find exactly one of the same already fitted in your car. If you do not know the model, you can check it in the User Manual that is in your vehicle. You can also go to an Auto Parts Store where the seller will help you find the right one.

2. Secure your Vehicle

After buying the Air Filter, you must park your vehicle. If it is Automatic, place it in “P” and if it is Manual, place the Handbrake and turn off the engine.

3. Open the Hood

Use the lever or knob to open the hood, then open it and secure it with the safety rod or lever. If the engine is very hot, wait 30 to 45 minutes for it to cool.

4. Locate the Air Filter compartment

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It is usually located in the upper part of the engine either on the Central, Left or Right side. In older cars, the air filter is usually larger and covered in plastic or metal.

5. Remove the Cover from the Air Filter

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Some car models are secured with Screws. There are other Models that come with Clip type clamp hooks that make it easier to remove them. Place them in a visible and easy to access place and then put them back, then remove the lid cover completely.

6. Take out the Old Air Filter

Now you can see the Air Filter, normally these are made of Cotton, Gauze or Paper, they bring a rubber edge that helps to seal them. Pull with a little force upwards to remove it.

7. Replace the Air Filter

Take the new Air Filter you bought and put it back in its original position. Apply a little pressure on the sides so that it is properly inserted and thus prevent impurities from entering.

8. Place the Air Filter Cover back

Carefully place the cover of the Air Filter, apply a little pressure downwards and then place the screws or clip-type clamp hooks. Made sure that it is correctly placed so that it does not affect the performance of the engine. Then you close the hood.

To conclude, check the Air Filter at least once in 3 months. Air filters are normally replaced with the change of Engine Oil. But if your vehicle has very little use, the Air filter should be replaced at least every 31,000 miles (50,000 km) or at least once a year.

We hope this helps you understand how to change air filter in car.

To learn how to maintain your car, check out our article on Car Maintenance Guide.

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