After reading this guide on How to Change Your Car’s Air Filter, you’ll be able to save yourself some money by changing your car’s air filter yourself. This will only take a minute or two to complete, and costs as little as $10.
First, you’ll need to find out what kind of filter your car needs, then purchase one. You can do this at an auto parts store, or you can use this link to purchase one online.
Many cars don’t require any tools at all, but having a basic set of screwdrivers handy wouldn’t hurt. I used this Williams Ratcheting Screwdriver to change air filters for many years, and it has several bits concealed in the handle, so you always have the right one.
How to Change Your Car’s Air Filter
Step 1: Park your car somewhere you can walk freely around the front. Make sure the car is in the park position, and put the emergency brake on if you’re on an incline. Pull the hood release and exit the car.
Step 2: Open the hood and secure it. Most cars have a hood support bar built in, but some rely on struts or springs to secure the hood.
Step 3: Locate your car’s air box. The air box is typically a black plastic case near the top of the engine. It’s about the size of a loaf of bread and should be the only plastic case attached to the top of your car’s engine.
Step 4: Open the airbox and remove the old air filter. This is where you may need a screwdriver.
Step 5: Insert the new air filter and close up the airbox.
Step 6: Close the hood.
You’re done! Feel free to give yourself a pat on the back at this point, because you’ve just performed your first air filter change!