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WATCH: Here's how to change your car's air filter in mere minutes saving you from a hefty service bill

2018-06-14 09:17

Robin Classen

Changing your car's air filter is a simple piece of maintenance you can perform without the need for a professional.

Unlike a major service or gearbox replacement, the air filter can be replaced in a matter of minutes.

Pop the hood, replace and fit

Air filters are pretty standard on most vehicles and can be easily located once you pop the hood, on either the left or right side of the engine.

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Its the simple process of unclipping the air filter box, removing the old one and slotting in the new one. 

Mechanics or garages will charge you extra for things such as parts and labour. Why not do it yourself in less than 5 minutes instead of paying an arm and a leg especially if it's an older vehicle.

1. Purchase a new air filter - Most air filters are pretty cheap. Check your owner’s manual purchase the correct filter for your vehicle.

2. Open your bonnet and locate the air filter box - It’s the black plastic box sitting on top of or to the side of your engine. The filter box usually has a giant hose sticking out of its side.

3. Open the air filter box and remove the dirty air filter - If there's loads dirt, grim and dust on your current filter it needs to be replaced.

4. Put in the new air filter - Place your filter in the filter box. Make sure it sits firmly in the box.

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