Nissan Maxima 1993-1998 Repair Guide

Air Cleaner


An air cleaner is used to keep airborne dirt and dust out of the air flowing through the engine. Proper maintenance is vital, as a clogged element will restrict air flow and power, and allow excessive contamination of the oil with abrasives.

Maximas are equipped with a disposable, paper cartridge air filter element. The element should be checked at every tune-up or sooner if the vehicle is operated in a dusty area. Nissan does not recommend attempting to clean and reuse the element. The filter element should be replaced every 30,000 miles (48,000km).


See Figures 1, 2 and 3

  1. Disengage the four clips on the sides of the air cleaner housing.

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Fig. Fig. 1: The four spring clips on the edges of the air cleaner are disengaged by pulling back on the tabs

  1. Lift up on the housing cover and remove the filter element.

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Fig. Fig. 2: Lift up on the upper filter housing, and slide out the filter element from the housing

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Fig. Fig. 3: An example of a severely clogged filter element. A filter this dirty can hamper engine performance

  1. Before installing the original or the replacement filter, wipe out the inside of the housing with a clean rag or paper towel.

To install:
  1. Install the paper air cleaner filter, seat the top cover on the bottom housing and tighten the wing nut(s), if equipped.

Make sure the word

UP is facing up when you install the filter element.