Installing your own Engine Air Filter
July 21, 2018 | By mwilson |
Today, we’d like to talk to you about installing your own engine air filter. There are many people that prefer to have their car’s engine air filter changed while doing other routine maintenance such as an oil change. After all, it’s relatively inexpensive even to pay your local quick lube to do that job. Most will only charge about 15 bucks, but the cost can vary depending on the vehicle. Still, that’s not a bad price when you consider that most engine air filters bought in a store or online will set you back at least 10 bucks and you still have to take the time to install it yourself.
Here’s the thing though… do you really know what the installer is putting into your air filter housing? When you have a brand new air filter installed, are you sure it’s of good quality? Most of the time you won’t even see what they install and won’t think about it until you’re back a year later and they tell you it needs to be changed again. A lot can happen in a year though and you should be more vigilant in protecting your engine. So, there’s definitely something to be said for doing it yourself even though you’re not going to save a whole lot of money. What’s important is that you know what’s going into your car.
So you’ve taken the leap and bought yourself a new BBO Auto engine air filter on Amazon! Oh, wait… you bought another brand whose name rhymes with cram? It’s ok… we won’t hold it against you! BBOAUTO.com is a judgment-free zone. In all seriousness, we’re just glad you’re treating your engine right by installing a new filter and we would like to help you get the job done right.
The first thing you want to do is locate the engine air filter housing. It’s usually a black plastic box located somewhere near a front corner of the vehicle’s engine bay. Once you’ve found it, assess whether or not the top of the housing is secured with clamps or screws. This will vary from vehicle to vehicle. The ones held together with screws will obviously take a little longer to complete, but the job is still relatively easy. Either loosen the clamps or remove the screws all the way around the housing. If you’re taking screws out, be careful not to drop any into the engine bay or lose them somewhere else. This isn’t one of those situations where you can lose a couple of screws and everything will be ok. Trust us, you’re going to be really sorry if you lose them.
Once all of the screws or clamps have been loosened, you should be able to lift up on the top half of the air filter housing and separate it from the bottom half, exposing the dirty air filter inside. Simply reach in and pull the dirty air filter out, but make sure to pay attention to its orientation in the housing. Some are odd shapes and others feature locking tabs, or pieces of injection molding that will only allow the filter to fit into the housing in a specific position.
When you’re ready, just place the new BBO Auto air filter (or that other brand) into the empty housing and make sure that it’s seated properly before you try to close the lid. If the filter isn’t seated properly you’ll know it when the housing lid won’t close all the way.
Lastly, apply a little downward pressure to the lid of the air filter housing and lock the clips, or tighten the screws one by one until they’re all secure. This will ensure that the housing is sealed air-tight and your new filter will be able to do its job well.
Congratulations! You’ve successfully changed your own cabin air filter. We promise that if your car could speak that it would thank you.