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Changing Your Honda Air Filter
To generate power, the engine needs to have the right air-fuel mix for combustion, along with well-timed sparks. The air fed to the engine should free from contaminants, such as dirt and any small particle. And this is where the air filter comes in. It screens any contaminant that may get through the engine. Over time, the filter can be filled with too much dirt or particles and will eventually get clogged. Before this happens, you should be able to replace it as part of routine maintenance. Air filter replacement is recommended every 6,000 to 12,000 miles, depending on the vehicle and where it's driven. By changing the Honda air filter regularly, your engine is able to breathe more easily. And in effect, it can produce power with less stress and can run more efficiently.
Required skill level: Novice
Needed tools and materials
- New air filter
- Vacuum cleaner or compressed air
Preparing for the task
Turn off the ignition. Make sure that the vehicle is parked on a safe, level ground and that the parking brake is on. Locate the filter housing under the hood. The manual will help you find where the filter housing is.
Removing the air filter cover
Detach the lid to expose the filter. To remove the cover, you have to undo the screws, clips, or hold-down bolts that secure it. Whatever's in the way, you have to loosen or release them to get access to the lid and safely remove the cover.
Taking out the filter in the housing
Pull out the filter as you reach into the housing. If it's stuck because of the seals that have been pressed into place by the lid, use a screwdriver to break them loose. Hold the lid to make way for the filter that will be taken out. If there's oil on the old filter or in the housing, it can be caused by a plugged or damaged PCV (positive crankcase ventilation) system, which pushes the crankcase pressure into the housing. Another possible reason for the leak is excessive positive crankcase pressure due to worn-out piston rings and other factors. The engine oil leak should prompt you to check these components to figure out the underlying cause and to correct the problem.
Cleaning the filter housing
Clean the housing before you put in a new filter. You have to remove any debris or contaminant that has settled into the housing. Use compressed air for blowing out dust or any small particle or use a vacuum cleaner for sucking up dirt and grime. This step is crucial. You have to make sure that loose dirt that's knocked out of the old filter and into the housing won't get into the engine intake.
Putting in a new filter
Install the new filter. But before you do, make sure that this matches the old one. Compare it to see if it has the same length, height, and thickness and if it's made of the same material: paper, gauze, or cotton. As you put in the new air filter, be careful not to bend or warp it. If you disfigure it in any way, it may not seal properly within the housing. Make sure that it's positioned properly. The seal point must be set correctly to the housing. The seal shouldn't be cut or crushed as well. After setting in the new filter, lower the lid and tighten the lid screws, clips, or bolts. This is best done in a cross pattern.