Having a clogged air filter can lead to poor performance, poor fuel mileage
and reduced engine life. That is why an air filter change is considered
one of the most important preventative maintenance tasks that can be easily
performed by the home mechanic. Directions for the procedure can be found in an
affordable Chilton Repair Manual or Haynes Repair Manual. If one of these
manuals is not available for your vehicle, you can use your Factory Service
Manual written by the OEM. These manuals will contain valuable information
specific to your vehicle. It is a good idea to replace your air filter
every 12 months or 12,000 miles.
The first step in performing an air filter change is to gather the few tools that will
be needed. These include a butter knife and a couple screwdrivers. Next
open up the hood and locate the air filter which is usually encased in black
plastic. The cover is typically held on with clips or sometimes screws.
Remove the clips or screws and take off the cover. You will see the air
filter inside. Remember that a Chilton Repair Manual or Haynes Repair
Manual can help you with the specifics, and will also have pictures or diagrams
of the procedure.
The next step is to remove your old air filter. Lift the filter out of
the housing and wipe out the inside of the housing with a clean rag.
Compare the old filter with your new filter to be sure you have the correct
replacement. If not, don't worry. It is okay to drive a short
distance without an air filter in your car. You may want to inspect your
old filter to see if it really needs to be changed. If you see a lot of
dirt and grime in the crevices, it should be replaced.
Now, place the new filter in the air cleaner housing. Make sure it sits
properly in the bottom of the housing. Reinstall the cover and replace the
clips or screws. Be sure not to over tighten any screws. Congratulations,
now you know the basics about how to change the air filter in your car or truck!
Just check with us if you need a Chilton Repair Manual or Haynes Repair Manual
to help get you started.