How to Replace the Air Filter in a Kia Sportage

by Johnathan Cronk
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A vehicle’s air filter is responsible for filtering the air that the engine takes in. The air filter catches particles and debris preventing the dirt from mixing with fuel, keeping your engine clean and running smoothly. When you notice that your Kia Sportage begins to run roughly and has a drop in fuel efficiency, it may be time to replace your air filter. Replacing your air filter is a job you can complete yourself by purchasing the correct filter for your vehicle at a local auto parts store and following a few steps.

Step 1

Turn the Kia Sportage off and allow the vehicle to cool for at least a half-hour before beginning any work under the hood.

Step 2

Locate the plastic air filter casing under the hood of the Sportage. The casing will be located on the top of the engine. The casing is a large black plastic case; if needed, refer to your owner’s manual for exact location and diagram.

Step 3

Use a flat-head screwdriver to pry open each clip around the perimeter of the case. The case will easily open once all clips are unhooked, revealing the current air filter.

Step 4

Pull out the current air filter of the casing and discard in a plastic bag; place it in the garbage.

Step 5

Remove the new air filter from the packaging and place in the filter casing. Close the casing by locking each clip back in place. Some of the clips may require some force to lock into place.

Step 6

Close the hood of your Sportage. Be sure to pull up on the hood to make sure it latched shut to avoid it flying up while you are driving.

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