GM Corsica/Beretta 1988-1996 Repair Guide

Air Cleaner (Element)


All the dust present in the air is kept out of the engine by means of the air cleaner filter element. Proper maintenance is vital, as a clogged element not only restricts the air-flow, and thus the power, but may also cause premature engine wear.

The filter element should be replaced every 30,000 miles or 36 months. Change the filter more often if the car is driven in dry, dusty areas. The condition of the element should be checked periodically; if it appears to be overly dirty or clogged, shake it, if this does not help, the element should be replaced.

The paper element should never be cleaned or soaked with gasoline, cleaning solvent or oil.


See Figures 1, 2 and 3

  1. Remove either the wing nut, upper cover retaining bolts or release clips from the upper top of the air cleaner and either lift off or separate the upper air cleaner housing or lid.

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Fig. Fig. 1: Remove the air cleaner housing lid using a screwdriver ...

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Fig. Fig. 2: ... then lift the housing lid up and remove the air cleaner element

  1. Remove the air cleaner element and replace it with a new one.

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Fig. Fig. 3: Exploded view of the air cleaner assembly - 2.2L engine shown

  1. Wipe the air cleaner housing out using a damp cloth. Check the lid gasket, if equipped, to ensure that it has a tight seal.

To install:
  1. Position the new element in the air cleaner housing.
  3. Position the lid or housing cover, then tighten the retaining bolts/nut or fasten the clips.