Introduction: Changing an Air Filter

Hi my name is Michael Merriman, and I have been servicing my own vehicles since I could drive and I am here to teach you a new skill that could save you money and give you the satisfaction of a job well done. I am going to show you how to maintain your vehicle and save money. Today I am going to show you a few easy steps to change the air filter in your car or truck. Evidence will show that doing your own maintenance on your vehicle will save you money and avoid taking your vehicle to the shop.


Materials/Tools: To replace the air filter in your car or

truck you need practically no tools at all. You will need: a flat headed screwdriver or a 10mm ratchet, safety glasses(optional), and gloves(optional).

Step 1: Open the Hood of Your Vehicle

The first step to changing your air filter will be opening the hood of the vehicle. On the 2009-2014 Ford F-150 the hood release latch will be located on the driver side, below the parking brake release near the floor. Pull this latch; after pulling this latch the secondary hood release will need to be released. The Secondary hood release is located behind the grill in the center of the hood. To release, simply pull up on the front of the hood. It will raise about 2 to 3 inches, and this will allow enough room to move the secondary hood release.

Step 2: Remove the Cover From the Air Filter Box

The second thing to do will be to remove the cover off of

the air box. The air box on this model of truck is located toward the front of the engine compartment on the driver side. Air boxes on other models or vehicles may vary. To remove the cover off of the air box, there are three push tabs on the left side of the air box cover. Push these tabs down until the cover is loose. Next, with a flat head screwdriver or 10 mm socket and rachet, loosen the clamp on the air tube. Do not take off completely loosen just enough to remove it from the air tube. Once this is done, separate the air tube from the air box cover.

Step 3: Take Out Old Filter

Once the Air filter is exposed, just pull it out of the air box and the first stage is complete.

Step 4: Re-install

When ready to re-install a new filter, take the new filter and drop it back into the air box with the thickest part of the filter facing down. Take the air box cover and place the four tabs back into position. Re-attach the air tube by sliding the rubber tube over the plastic tube on the air box cover. Tighten the clamp down with a flat headed screwdriver or 10 mm socket and ratchet. Lastly lock the three push tabs back into place.

Step 5: Close the Hood

The last thing to do is to close the hood. Once the hood is closed and locked, you are finished installing a new air filter into your vehicle.