The air filter is located inside the air filter housing at the left (driver’s) side of the engine compartment
Release the four spring clips that secure the two halves of the housing together, then separate the upper half from the lower half. This is a 2007/2008 model . . .
5.2b . . . and this is a 2009 or later model . . .
5.2c . . . then pull the filter from the housing
Pull the filter out of the housing
Inspect the outer surface of the filter element. If it is dirty, replace it. If it is only moderately dusty, it can be reused 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 replace it. While the cover is off, be careful not to drop anything down into the housing
Never drive the vehicle with the air filter removed. Excessive engine wear could result and backfiring could even cause a fire under the hood
Wipe out the inside of the air filter housing
Place the new filter into the housing, making sure it seats properly
Reassemble the housing halves and snap the clips into place
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