If the air intake filter in your vehicle has not been replaced or cleaned before, it is the same as not having your ride equipped with an air filter at all. The dirt, grease, and grime build-up of a dirty air filter stops proper air flow, which affects your vehicles’s performance and efficiency. Cleaning the air intake filter of your vehicle is easily accomplished in just a few steps.
1 – Discovering the Air Filter
Use the owner’s manual to know where air filter is located. If the manual is not readily available, do a search of the model and year using the internet. Once the location is known, open the hood and look for the air filter canister.
The canister may open one of two ways: clamps or a wing nut. Open the canister and draw out the air filter.
2 – Cleaning the Air Filter
There are two easy options for cleaning the filter: washing or vacuuming.
Put the air filter into a mixture of soap and water and swish it back and forth several times so the water enters the entire air filter. Remove the air filter and shake out excess liquid, then put it on a towel, preferably in a sunny area, to completely dry.
Securely hold the air filter and run the nozzle of the vacuum over it entirely, especially where dirt may be hiding. Do a visual inspection and repeat the process, if required.
It’s also vital to wipe out the inside of the air filter canister using a soft dry cloth or paper towel to clean the entire opening. If you use water, be sure none is left inside the canister.
3 – Changing the Air Filter
Before changing the air filter inside the canister, ensure it and the canister are completely dry. If so, put the filter then refit the clamps or wing nut.