How to Change Your Engine Air Filter

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Whether you attempt it on your own or take it to a shop, changing your car’s air filter regularly is important.

There are plenty of auto maintenance and repair tasks you can do at home without dropping big bucks on a visit to the mechanic. One of them is changing your engine air filter. If you’re familiar with cars at all, this should be an easy task for you.

The engine air filter, not to be confused with the cabin air filter, helps keep debris from getting into your engine and affecting engine performance. Check your owner’s manual or ask your dealer to find out how often you should change it, but the rule of thumb is once a year or every 12,000 miles.

After you buy a new filter, your first step is to park on a level surface, turn the car off, and pop the hood. Look for the air filter casing—in newer cars it should be located between the engine and front grille.

The casing will either be held on with screws or metal clips. With screws, just make sure you have the right screwdriver and unscrew them. With metal clips, use a butter knife to open the clips. Now lift the old filter out of the casing and use a rag to clean out the casing.

Put the new filter in where the old one was and replace the casing. It’s as simple as that!

But if you need help, schedule service today with our team and we’ll help change your car’s engine air filter!