How To Change An Air Filter In A Car
Don't pay a mechanic; learn how to change an air filter in a car yourself. Learning to change and air filter in a car is not as complicated as it sounds. Only a few tools are needed and it is not time consuming.
Things You May Need:
- Purchase an air filter. Before installing the air filter in a car make sure it is the right air filter for that make and model. Check the old air filter for the part number or ask for product information from your local automotive store.
- To find the air filter in a car open the hood. In modern cars it will be housed in a square or rectangular housing unit on the side of the engine. Older model cars with carburetors will have a circular housing unit on top of the engine.
- Take the screws out of the housing unit or clamps if required. Lift out the air filter. The air filter in a car should come out easily, if it does not, or if it appears to be melted, take the car to a mechanic immediately.
- Clean out the area with a vacuum cleaner. Seal the carburetor, if applicable, to keep debris out.
- Wipe down the housing with a cloth to remove miscellaneous debris.
- Install the new air filter. Make sure it fits easily into the housing and that it looks like it fits well.
- Cover the housing.
An air filter in a car should be changed regularly. The rule of thumb is every 25 to 50 thousand miles depending on the brand.