Keeping Your Car Tidy

Keeping Your Car Tidy

How To Change Your Car's Air Filter

by Dean Reyes

Your car's engine combines gasoline and oxygen in order to produce motion. While not an overly complex process, it can become less efficient over time if your engine is not properly taken care of. One of the most common problems with most car engines is that they do not receive enough oxygen due to a clogged air filter, which means that the engine has to compensate with greater amounts of gasoline, ruining your car's fuel efficiency. If you want to improve your car's fuel efficiency and ensure that your engine is working properly, you can change your car's air filter in just a few simple steps with the right tools and knowledge.

What You'll Need

You will need a flathead and a cross screwdriver, a butter knife, an old, clean rag and a butter knife or another hard, flat tool. All of these things can be found at most hardware stores. You will also need a replacement air filter, which can be found at most automotive parts stores. Check your owner's manual to determine which model you'll need for your vehicle.

Changing Your Car's Air Filter

  • Park your car on a level surface and put the emergency brake on to prevent the car from moving while you're working on it.
  • Open the hood of the car and prop it up. Locate the air filter in the engine compartment. It is about the size of a notebook, and should be located in a black plastic case on top of the actual engine.
  • Open the air filter's case. How you go about doing this depends on the model of your car, but generally you can pop open the clips to the case by sliding the butter knife between them and applying moderate force. However, some cars use screws to hold the case in place, so you'll have to use your screwdriver to open it.
  • With the case open, you can simply remove the old filter from the case. Use the rag to prevent your hands from getting dirty, and to keep any debris or dust from falling back into the case.
  • Slide the new filter into the case and close the case.

Your car's air filter has now been successfully changed, and your engine should now be running efficiently. If you still find that your car is burning fuel at a rapid rate, the issue is probably not with your air filter. You should see a mechanic (at a shop like Glen-Merritt Collision Ltd) to diagnose the problem.


About Me

Keeping Your Car Tidy

Do you have kids? If you do, then you know how impossible it can be to keep your car interiors in decent condition. Our four boys are constantly trying to smear things into the upholstery. However, by using a few clever tricks, my wife and I have been able to keep our cars in good shape. The goal of my website is to help other parents to care for their cars, so that they don't end up paying for pricy repairs later. Having kids isn't always easy, but by knowing how to keep them from destroying your ride, you might be able to avoid a few unplanned expenses.