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The engine air filter, or air filter, cleans the air entering your engine and protects its sensitive parts from debris and dust. Your engine air filter is located under the hood.

The air filter box should be easily identifiable and simply opened by releasing latches or tabs by hand. Some air filter boxes may require a screwdriver or socket set to open.

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How to Change Your Engine Air Filter

1

Safety First

Park your vehicle on a flat, dry surface. Open the hood and secure it.

2

Locate and open housing

Locate the air filter housing. Open the air filter housing. The housing is likely secured with clamps that can be undone with your hands, but sometimes you might need a screwdriver or small ratchet to open the housing.

engine air filter being removed from the housing
3

Remove old air filter

Remove the old air filter and any debris. Note how the old air filter is installed. You’ll want to replicate this when installing the new air filter.

person showing how to install an new air filter
4

Install the new air filter

Install the new air filter. Match the direction and placement of the old housing. Close the air filter housing and secure it the way it was before. That’s it. That’s all there is to getting fresh air into your engine.

When it’s time to change your car’s air filter or cabin air filter, visit your neighborhood AutoZone.

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