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How to Change the Air Filter on the Honda Cars

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

Changing an air filter in a Honda car is extremely simple, and by checking and replacing as often as the maintenance schedule for the vehicle recommends, you can save money on fuel and help keep contaminants from reaching the engine. An engine needs clean air to run properly and installing a new air filter a couple times a year, depending on conditions, is an easy and inexpensive way to contribute to the longevity and fuel efficiency of your Honda car. It will also save you on labor charge some repair shops may charge to install it, and it takes less than five minutes to do.

Under The Hood:

 How to Change the Air Filter on the Honda Ridgeline

Release hood latch and open hood.

Locate air box. It is on the left hand behind the battery.

Open the top air box housing. Use ratchet and extension with socket if there are small bolts that secure to the top of the box to the bottom. If not, simply un-clip the latches and open the top of the air box. You may have to stand on the side by the left front tire and lift up and push in a little to clear the fender well.

Extract old air filter and take note which side has the cut corner.

Insert new air filter, making sure to place the cut corner in the appropriate position.

Re-secure air box top.

Close hood.

Items you will need

  • 3/8-inch ratchet with extension with 8 millimeter socket (this is optional as some air box housing has clips that can be opened by hand in the Ridgeline) Replacement air filter

 How to Change the Air Filter of a Honda Civic

Purchase the air filter from a automotive store or from the Honda dealer. If ordering online from a parts dealer, you need the year and engine size to get the correct air filter.

Turn off the engine and allow cooling for 15 minutes before touching the engine compartment. Open the hood.

Locate the air filter compartment on the driver’s side of the engine. The compartment is square, with four clips holding the cover onto the bottom compartment tray.

Lift up on the four clips with your fingers. Remove the cover. Remove the old air filter. Use a rag to wipe out any dust and debris in the bottom compartment tray.

Place the new air filter inside the bottom tray with the rim down. Position the filter so it sits in the tray flush with the lip of the bottom tray. Place the cover on the compartment and snap the clips down to secure the cover.

Items you will need

  • Correct Honda Civic air filter

  • Rag

 How to Change the Air Filter in a 2005 Honda Civic

Open the Honda Civic's hood and locate the black plastic air filter compartment on the passenger side of the engine. Locate the two screws securing the lid in place, on the right and left side of the air filter compartment.

Remove the securing screws from the air filter compartment using the ratchet set. Disconnect the plastic locking tabs and pull the air filter compartment lid off the compartment.

Pull the old air filter out of the air filter housing and throw the old air filter in the trash. Clean the inside of the air filter compartment with a shop rag and warm water.

Place the new air filter into the air filter housing. Replace the air filter compartment lid on the air filter compartment. Lock the plastic locking tabs and replace the securing screws to the lid. Tighten the securing screw using the ratchet set.

Close the Honda Civic's hood.

Items you will need

  • Ratchet set

  • Shop rag

  • New air filter

 How to Change the Air Filter on a Honda Accord

Open the hood to access the engine compartment. The air filter housing is located at the right end of the engine compartment.

Locate the four bolts holding the air housing. They will be located at the four corners of the housing.

Unbolt the four bolts with a socket wrench. The top of the housing will come off.

Pull the old air filter out of the housing. Clean out any dust or debris that may be trapped in the air filter housing. Wipe out any dust or dirt with a towel.

Place the new filter in the housing assembly.

Bolt down the top of the housing with a socket wrench. Ensure all four bolts are tight.

Close the hood to the engine compartment. Discard the old air filter.

Items you will need

  • Socket wrench

  • Socket set

  • New air filter

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