Repair & Maintenance
How to Replace an Air Filter
a typical air filter looks like in
most recent makes and models. Yours
may be round, or thin and rectangular.
on how often a car air filter need to be replaced. Where you live
and how often you drive obviously effects how much dirt and dust
your car is sucking in every day.
The rule of
thumb to changing air filters is every 12,000 miles - or once a
year - to keep your car running smoothly and at proper acceleration.
it's been shown that keeping it clean can improve acceleration time
by around 6 to 11 percent.
No doubt about
it, a clean air filter affects your car's performance. If your car
is responding more slowly or your not getting the same pick up you're
used to, a new air filter might be the answer.
Get back up
to speed by following these step-by-step instructions:
How to Replace
an Air Filter
hood, prop it up safely, and locate the filter housing (usually
in a black plastic case secured with metal clips on the sides
and/or wing nuts on top.)
Use a flat-head
screwdriver to flip the clips downward. If there are wing nuts
on the top of the filter housing, carefully unscrew them and immediately
place them in a pocket or some other place where they won't go
old filter and take note of how it sits in the housing (for when
you replace it with the new air filter.)
Put in the
new filter and secure by pushing it down snuggly into the rubber
Put the casing
back, flip the clips back and/or hand tighten the wing nuts, and
- What you'll
need: new replacement air filter, and a flat-head screwdriver
- Cost: around $40.
- Time: 5-10 minutes
replacing car air filters around the Web:
to Change Your Air Filter (w/video instructions)
in Cars--> Car
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informational purposes only. For complete expert advice,
see your car dealership or professional auto mechanic.