How to Change the Air Filter in a Ford Windstarby Jody L. Campbell
Replacing an air filter in a Ford Windstar is an easy procedure that requires minimal tools. By replacing it yourself, you can save on any incurred labor charges your local service station may charge and it will help to keep your engine running better and more fuel efficient.
How to Change the Air Filter in a Ford Windstar
Release the hood latch and prop the hood on the hood rest rod.
Locate the air box. This is a large cylindrical chamber most likely located on the left hand side of the vehicle. There is a large release clamp in the center of the air box chamber. Release the clamp by lifting it up.
Move the air cleaner housing outlet to one side. If you cannot move it enough, you may need to use a screwdriver to loosen the band clamp near the motor block and take the housing outlet off altogether.
Remove the old air filter and inspect the interior of the air box to ensure there is no debris. If there is, vacuum it out with a shop vacuum or wipe it out with a rag.
Insert the new conical air filter and replace the air cleaner housing outlet. At the bottom of both the air box and the air cleaner housing outlet is an alignment tab. Be sure to align that properly or you will not be able to close the clamp. Also if you removed the housing outlet, tighten the band clamp and ensure it is on correctly in order to align the tabs at the bottom of the air box clamp.
Inspect the closed air box and tube to make sure there are no areas that will allow unmetered air to pass through into the motor. This would result in a vacuum leak and will trip a check engine code.
Things You'll Need
- Straight edged screwdriver
- Shop vacuum
Jody L. Campbell spent over 15 years as both a manager and an under-car specialist in the automotive repair industry. Prior to that, he managed two different restaurants for over 15 years. Campbell began his professional writing career in 2004 with the publication of his first book.