How To Clean Your Car Air Filter At Home

By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 20, 2017
How To Clean Your Car Air Filter At Home

The air filter is one of the areas of a car that can accumulate most dirt due to the engine. If you don't keep it in good condition, you run the risk of preventing the car from working properly. At OneHowTo we've already taught you how to clean your fuel filter, but today we will explain step by step how to clean your car air filter at home.

You'll need:
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Steps to follow:

The first thing you need to do in order to clean your air filter, is to locate the air filter in your car. You'll find it in the engine - normally inside a dark plastic box that has a plastic tube sticking out.

How To Clean Your Car Air Filter At Home - Step 1

You'll need to use a screwdriver to remove the air filter from its place.


How To Clean Your Car Air Filter At Home - Step 2

Once you've removed your air filter, you'll be able to see all the dirt that it has filtered out, showing how effective the filter actually is. Then, you can simply clean it with a vacuum cleaner.

To make sure you get all the dirt off all the parts, use a lightly damp cloth to clean the inside, making sure not to apply any pressure or to scrub.


How frequently you clean the air filter will depend on the sorts of places you go in your car, so you'll have to clean it more often if you regularly drive along dirt roads than if you only drive along normal roads. In any case, car manuals usually give instructions about when to clean the air filter.


Note that eventually cleaning your car air filter won't be enough, and you'll have to replace it with a new one. You'll find all the information you need to keep your car in shape in our section on Car Maintenance and Repair.

If you want to read similar articles to How To Clean Your Car Air Filter At Home, we recommend you visit our Car Maintenance and Repair category.

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On one car I had a 1991 Suzuki Swift 1.6 4 door sedan I had two air filters. A brand new one which was expensive and the one I'd had since the car was new. Both were a fabric and plastic type and I used to soak it in hot water and a nappy cleaning solution. Afterwards the water in the bowl would be black from all the dirt in the air filter. I'd then rinse clean in cold water and put it in the washing machine on it's own and spin it to remove all the water. I would then be put on the washing line to dry in the sun. Considering that in my ownership of the car it did 453,000kms then it shows that the unorthodox cleaning of the air filter and no detrimental effect on the car. The other new air filter was only put in the car at service time otherwise the mechanic would charge me an extra $120.00 just for another new air filter. The manufacturer recommended buying a new air filter at a certain service interval. But I proved that a lot of money could be saved by continually recycling one air filter with no bad effects on the cars longevity.
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