Regular air cleaner element replacement is a must, since a partially clogged element will cause a performance loss, decreased fuel mileage, and engine damage if enough dirt gets into the cylinders and contaminates the engine oil.
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
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The removal of air filter assembly will vary slightly for different year and different engine. The following procedure can be altered as you see fit for your specific vehicle.
- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- If necessary to remove the air cleaner assembly cover, disconnect the air duct tube clamp to the throttle body and slip the duct off.
- Unfasten the bolts/screws, or retaining clips, then remove the air cleaner cover. The cover should be easy to remove, if not look to see if you missed a hidden clip or screw.
- Remove the air cleaner cover, then lift the air cleaner element from the housing.
- Clean the air cleaner housing to remove any remaining dirt. Inspect the element for dirt, dust and/or water and replace if necessary.
When installing the new filter make certain not to bend or tear the paper element.
- Place the new element in the air cleaner housing.
- Position the cover over the air cleaner assembly and secure with the retaining clips or screws, as applicable. Do not overtighten the cover retaining screws/bolts. Only tighten them finger-tight or to about 8 inch lbs. (1.1 Nm).
- If removed, install the air cleaner assembly duct and secure the retaining clamps, as necessary.
- Connect the negative battery cable.