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Air filter change Mazda MX-5 1989 - 2005 Petrol 1.6

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Mazda MX-5 1989 - 2005  | 1.6 Air filter change

  • time 5 to 45 minutes
  • difficulty 1
1 The air filter is located inside a housing on the left front corner of the engine compartment.
2 Remove the bolts or release the clips (as applicable) attaching the air cleaner cover to the housing, then lift the cover up and remove the air filter element (see illustrations) .
Some air cleaner covers are secured by bolts (arrowed) …
… whilst others are secured by clips (arrowed)
Note the orientation of the filter element
3 Inspect the outer surface of the filter element. If it is dirty, renew it. If it is only moderately dusty, it can be re-used by blowing it clean from the back to the front surface with compressed air. Because it is a pleated paper type filter, it cannot be washed or oiled. If it cannot be cleaned satisfactorily with compressed air, discard and renew it. While the cover is off, be careful not to drop anything down into the housing.
Caution: Never drive the vehicle with the air cleaner removed. Excessive engine wear could result and backfiring could even cause a fire under the bonnet.
4 Wipe out the inside of the air cleaner housing with a damp cloth.
5 Place the new filter into the air cleaner housing, making sure it seats properly.
6 Refitting of the cover is the reverse of removal.
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