How to Replace Your Engine Air Filter

Air filters help filter and clean outside air before entering the engine. An air filter prevents harmful, particulate matter from getting into the car’s engine, which otherwise can reduce engine efficiency and cause damage to your vehicle. It is important to clean the air filter at periodic intervals to allow free and clean airflow. 

Difficulty: Easy 

Duration: 30 Minutes  

How Often: Every three years

Tools Necessary for Install: 

  • A New Air Filter 
  • Gloves 
  • Protective Eyewear 
  • Adhesive tape
  • Spare Rag 
  • Vacuum Cleaner 
  • Set of Screwdrivers 

Signs that your air filter should be replaced 

Experiencing problems with your ignition:

  • Dirty air filters can adversely affect your vehicle's ECS (Emission Control System). Problems with your ECS can be evident in the time it takes for you to start your car. If your car struggles to turn over, you may need to inspect your air filter. 

 Gas Mileage is Decreasing: 

  • One of the most obvious signs your car may need a new air filter is evident in rising gas mileage. Engines require constant airflow to function as intended. Rising gas mileage is a sign that your car is struggling to take in clean air. At this point, your car's air filter is probably well overdue for a change. Be sure to change out your Air filter as soon as possible. 

 Dark/ Dusty Air Filters: 

  • Visually inspecting your air filter is the best way to immediately determine the state of your air filter.  New air filters should be white or off white in color.  Refer to the images below to determine  whether or not it may be time to replace your vehicle's air filter. 



Buying the correct replacement filter

Fortunately, Tasca Parts offers incredible savings on Air Filters. With up to 40% off MSRP, you'll be sure to find air filters for your make and model at a fraction of the price! Air filters are reasonably priced and are easy to replace so you should have no problem following these simple steps to ensure your air filter is in pristine condition. Be sure to check your vehicles owner manual to determine the proper specifications of the air filter required for your car.  

1. Parking the car

Park your car on level ground and engage the parking brake. Then, turn off the engine. Once done, open the hood of the car and fasten your hood in the upright position using your hood strut. 

2. Locating the air filter housing 

Next, locate the Air filter housing. The housing can be found close to the engine near a duct that goes from the front of the car. On older cars with carburetors, the housing is usually under a large plastic or metal cover. In newer versions of fuel-injected cars, the air filter is a square or rectangular housing located between the engine and the front grill. If you have trouble locating your air filter housing be sure to consult your vehicle's owner's manual for further Instruction. 

3. Removing the air filter

Before removing the air filter, you must remove the air filter cover. To do so, loosen the clamp used to seal the air conduit. Unscrew the air filter cover. Some air filters are fastened using wing nuts, while some others are clamped using a quick-release system. Store the screws and other parts carefully together so that it is easy to locate them later.

Pull the cover from the air conduit. Lift it, so that it detaches from the lower part of the housing. You can now see the air filter, which is round or rectangular and made of cotton, paper, or gauze. The filters consist of a rubber rim used to seal the unit's interior. You can now, safely lift the filter out of the housing.

4. Cleaning the air filter housing

To clean the air filter housing, first, connect the air hose to the compressor. Using the compressed air, blow out the dust. Alternatively, you can use a vacuum cleaner to suck out any dirt.

 Be sure to seal the air conduit with some removable adhesive tape. Doing this will ensure no dirt gets into the engine when you are cleaning it.

5. Replacing the filter and the cover

Insert the new filter into the housing. Make sure the rubber rim is facing up and that the edges are sealed by the rubber rim. Then, insert the cover back carefully into the air conduit. Press it down onto the lower half of the air filter unit.

Check if the fitted unit is straight and secure as improper fitting can affect the engine's performance. Tighten all screws and/or clamps. Confirm that everything has been placed back together by shaking the unit gently with both hands. Once done, close the hood.

It is important to check the filter at periodic intervals to keep your car’s performance at maximum efficiency. Change the air filter every 50,000 km (30,000 miles), or once every year. If you drive around in dust frequently, you must replace it more often. Refer to your car’s owner’s manual for periodic maintenance guidelines.

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