Engine Air Cleaner/Filter

See Engine Compartment Overview for the location of the engine air cleaner/filter.

When to Inspect the Engine Air Cleaner/Filter

Inspect the air cleaner/filter at the scheduled maintenance intervals and replace it at the first oil change after each 80 000 km (50,000 mi) interval. See Maintenance Schedule for more information.

If driving in dusty/dirty conditions, inspect the filter at each engine oil change.

How to Inspect the Engine Air Cleaner/Filter

To inspect the air cleaner/filter, remove the filter from the vehicle and lightly shake the filter to release loose dust and dirt. If the filter remains covered with dirt, a new filter is required. Never use compressed air to clean the filter.

To inspect or replace the engine air cleaner/filter:

1. Open the hood. See Hood.
2. Locate the air filter housing on the front of the passenger side of the engine compartment.

See Engine Compartment Overview.

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A. Air Duct Clamp
B. Electrical Connector
C. Retaining Clips

3. Disconnect the outlet duct by loosening the air duct clamp (A).
4. Disconnect the electrical connector (B).
5. Lift the 3 retaining clips (C) on the air filter housing.
6. Tilt and lift the cover slightly upwards and slide the cover away from outside edge of the vehicle. Remove the air filter.

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A. Cover Cut Outs
B. Air Filter Tabs

7. To install the air filter, place filter inside box where the pleats fit in between the tabs located inside the lower box. Ensure that the cover cut outs (A) on both sides match the air filter tabs (B) on both sides.
8. Replace air cleaner cover by inserting the 4 tabs into the 4 slots. Lower cover to meet bottom of box. Place the 3 clips on retention features and clip closed.
9. Retighten the air duct clamp.
10. Reconnect the electrical connector.

WARNING
Operating the engine with the air cleaner/filter off can cause you or others to be burned. The air cleaner not only cleans the air; it helps to stop flames if the engine backfires. Use caution when working on the engine and do not drive with the air cleaner/filter off.

Notice: If the air cleaner/filter is off, dirt can easily get into the engine, which could damage it.
Always have the air cleaner/filter in place when you are driving.
Notice: Installing an air cleaner different than the one recommended in Maintenance Replacement Parts may cause engine damage not covered by the vehicle warranty.

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