Does your car sound like a wheezing asthmatic every time you turn the engine on? Have you noticed a decrease in its power? The answers lie in another more important question-have you checked your car's air cleaner assembly lately? This assembly is responsible for keeping dirt and dust out of your engine. So when it could no longer filter the air that flows in the system, you're sure to get a weak and coughing engine. Before things get worse, be sure to replace your air cleaner assembly using a few tools and this DIY guide.
Difficulty level: Easy to moderate
Tools you'll need:
- Screwdriver or wrench
- Clean rag
- New air cleaner assembly
Step 1: Park your car on a level surface and turn off your engine. Be sure to cool your engine for half an hour before working on the installation of your air cleaner assembly.
Step 2: Pull the hood-release lever and open your hood. Before you get access to your air cleaner assembly, there are a few things you have to take out. Using a screwdriver or wrench (depending on the part), disconnect the hoses, ducts, and vacuum tubes to expose the assembly's case cover.
Step 3: Now that you've located your air cleaner assembly, unfasten the clips that hold the case cover to your assembly.
Step 4: Lift the air cleaner lid and gently remove the air filter from the assembly housing. Discard the old filter, lid, and housing properly to give way to your new air cleaner assembly.
Step 5: Clean the area where you've pulled out the old air cleaner . Using a clean rag, wipe off any dirt found on the area. Make sure that it is free of any debris to ensure proper sealing of your new assembly.
Step 6: Install the new air cleaner assembly starting with the air filter. Position the filter in the case and install the new case cover from the replacement assembly. Make sure the lid is fitted snuggly to prevent air leaks.
Step 7: Reconnect all hoses, ducts, and tubes that were taken out in step 2. Fasten the connections together using a screwdriver or wrench.
Step 8: Now that you're done with the installation, close your hood and take your car for a spin to test your new air cleaner assembly.