Maintenance: Changing Engine Air Filter

Ford recommends replacing the engine air filter on a 2017 Ford Explorer Platinum every 30,000 miles. However, it’s wise to change it earlier if you frequently drive off-road or on dusty trails. I decided to replace mine after a cross-country road trip.

What I used:
Step 1: Locate the engine air filter under the hood

Step 2: Remove the engine air filter cover

There are two metal tabs holding the cover in place. Push them off to release the cover. Then, use a flathead screwdriver to loosen the steel hose clamp and move the intake hose aside.

Note that there are three tabs on the right side of the cover that secure it. To remove the cover, slide it to the left, and it should come off easily.

There’s no need to remove the MAF sensor, so I left the air filter cover at the front with the MAF still connected.

Step 3: Remove old air filter and install with new one.

The old engine air filter wasn’t in bad shape. There was hardly any debris between the pleats, and light could still pass through when held up to the sun. It seems the filter had been changed when the dealership acquired the car.

Position the new air filter in place.

Step 4: Do the reverse and put everything back together.

That’s it! Enjoy your new air filter. If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to leave them below.


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