How to Replace an Air Filter on a Volkswagen Passat

Written by jody l. campbell
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It is important to replace engine air filters on a regular basis to ensure that clean combustible air is going into the engine of you Passat. Refer to your maintenance schedule to determine how often and under what conditions you should replace it. Replacing it yourself is pretty easy, and you can save on labour charges from the local repair station or dealership. Buying a high grade reusable air filter is expensive, and the jury is still out on the exact benefit it offers the vehicle. A medium disposable grade air filter is just fine, and if you're replacing it on a regular enough schedule, you can also save money on the expensive cleaning kits for the reusable types.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Phillips screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Lift the bonnet of he Passat with the engine off. The air box should be on the driver's side (front right corner standing in front of the engine and facing it). Depending on the year, they may be a cover concealing the air box. Remove the cover.

  2. 2

    Unsnap the clips of the air box and lift the air box cover off. On some models, you may need to remove or loosen the air duct to where it attaches to the grille. If so, remove the three screws that hold the air duct to the grille.

  3. 3

    Remove the old air filter and discard. Clean the interior of the air box out of any dirt or debris. Some later models will have a removable debris screen that can be removed with a Phillips screwdriver and cleaned. Be gentle with the screen when cleaning it.

  4. 4

    Replace screen and insert the new air filter.

  5. 5

    Replace the air box lid and fasten the clips. Be sure the lid is on correctly and tightly.

  6. 6

    Replace the air duct to the grille and replace the screws.

  7. 7

    Remove the screwdriver and close the bonnet.

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