The element should be replaced at the recommended intervals shown in the Maintenance Intervals chart later in this section. If your car is operated under severely dusty conditions or severe operating conditions, more frequent changes will certainly be necessary. Inspect the element at least twice a year. Early spring and early fall are always good times for inspection. Remove the element and check for any perforations or tears in the filter. Check the cleaner housing for signs of dirt or dust that may have leaked through the filter element or in through the snorkel tube. Position a droplight on one side of the element and look through the filter at the light. If no light can be seen through the element material, replace the filter. If holes in the filter element are apparent or signs of dirt seepage through the filter are evident, replace the filter.
Removal & Installation
- Turn the ignition switch to the LOCK position.
- Disconnect the negative battery cable. Wait at least 90 seconds once the batter cable is disconnected to hinder the air bag deployment.
It may not be necessary to remove any wiring or cables depending on your model.
- Disconnect the wiring, cables and hoses attached to the air cleaner housing in the way of top removal.
- Lift the wire tabs, if equipped, to release the four retaining clips on the bottom of the housing and lift off the top cover.
- Position the cover with the flexible hose off to the side.
- Withdraw the air filter element from the housing and if it is too dirty, discard it. If it is only mildly dusty, it can be cleaned with low-pressure compressed air.
- With a clean rag, remove any dirt or dust from the front cover and also from the element seating surface.
- Position and install the new filter element so that it seats properly in the housing.
- Position the cover with the attached hose over the element. Secure it with the retaining clips. Reconnect the electrical wiring, cables, etc., if disconnected.