The air filter is located inside the air filter housing at the left (driver’s) side of the engine compartment
2 On 2.0L models, release the locking clips on the top of the cover...
3 ...then pull the air filter holder out of the housing...
4 ...and remove the filter from the holder. Go to no.7
On 2.5L models, release the spring clips that secure the two halves of the housing together, then separate the halves...
... and pull the filter out of the air filter 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 holder or housing, making sure it seats properly
On 2.0L models, slide the filter holder into the housing until it is seated, then snap the clips into place
On 2.5L models, reassemble the housing halves and snap the clips into place
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