How to Change the Air Filter on Your Vehicle

Changing the air filter should be part of your vehicle's routine maintenance. You should change your engine air filter about every 15,000 miles or once a year. If your vehicle has been in a dusty or dirty area for a while, you may need to change the filter more often.


Air Filter Test

Shine a flashlight from the inside out of your filter. If no light or very little light shines through the filter, it may need to be replaced. You should change the breather filter and check the crankcase ventilation system at the same time. On most Kia vehicles, this is a fairly simple procedure. 

Things you'll need from your garage or the Parts Center at Car Town KIA:

  • Flat-Head/Phillips screwdrivers
  • Adjustable or open-end wrench and pliers
  • New air filter
  • New breather filter

Locate the Air Filter Housing Under the Hood

The air filter will likely be square (on fuel-injected engines) or round (on older carburetors) and about 12 inches. On older vehicles, the air filter may be a large round housing on the top of the engine. On newer models, the air filter will be opposite the engine mounted on one of the fender wells.

Remove Screws or Clamps and Remove the Old Air Filter

Use a screwdriver to remove the screws that hold on the top of the housing. Remove the old air filter, by taking it out and cleaning any dirt in the chamber with a rag. Be careful that no debris falls into the carburetor or the intake. Then, remove the breather filter.

Install the New Air and Breather Filters

Replace the air cleaner top. Put back the attaching hardware and air intake hose, if applicable.

Stop by the Parts Center at Car Town KIA

Before taking on any maintenance task, visit the Parts Center at Car Town KIA for all of your auto parts needs. Our auto technicians are prepared to answer your questions and give a helping hand if needed. We look forward to your visit!

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