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How to Replace the Air Filter on a Chevrolet Lumina

by Mike Parker

In order for an automobile to operate at peak efficiency, the air cleaner must function properly. The air cleaner can’t do its job if the air filter is clogged with dirt. A clogged air filter can rob your Lumina of its power, not to mention reducing your gas mileage. Chevrolet recommends changing the air filter on your 1996 Lumina sedan every 30 thousand miles, but you may wish to check it more often if you live in a dusty environment. Fortunately, changing the air filter is something anyone with a Phillips head screwdriver can do. It doesn’t cost much money and it doesn’t take much time.

Shift the transmission into "Park" and set the emergency brake. Turn the engine off and allow the Lumina to cool completely. Once the engine is cool, pull back on the hood release lever located under the dash to the left of the driver’s side.

Walk to the front of the vehicle. Find the hood safety latch located under the front center of the hood and open the hood.

Locate the air cleaner cover to the right of the engine and to the left of the windshield washer fluid reservoir. Remove the 4 screws securing the cover in place by turning them counter-clockwise with the Phillips head screwdriver. Set the screws aside.

Lift the air cleaner cover straight up and set it aside. Remove the air filter and discard it in the trash.

Install the new air filter into the air cleaner. Replace the air cleaner cover. Insure that both the filter and the cover fit snugly and securely in place. Insert the 4 screws back into their holes in the air filter cover. Secure the cover by turning the screws clockwise with the Phillips head screwdriver until they are tight. Close the hood.

Tip

  • In addition to cleaning the air that goes into the engine, the air cleaner also acts as a firebreak in the event of an engine backfire.

Warnings

  • Never operate the Lumina without the air cleaner in place.
  • Use extreme caution when working on the engine without the air cleaner in place.

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About the Author

Mike Parker is a full-time writer, publisher and independent businessman. His background includes a career as an investments broker with such NYSE member firms as Edward Jones & Company, AG Edwards & Sons and Dean Witter. He helped launch DiscoverCard as one of the company's first merchant sales reps.

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