How to Change the Air Filter on a Kia Rio

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A vehicle's engine takes in air, mixes the air with fuel and ignites the air and fuel mixture in order to power your vehicle. All the air your engine takes in passes through an air filter, which catches particles and debris. If your Kia Rio experiences a drop in fuel efficiency or does not run as smoothly as it used to, your air filter may be dirty and require replacement.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Kia Rio owner's manual (optional)
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • New air filter

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  1. 1

    Turn the Kia Rio's engine off, and to avoid burns, allow the vehicle to cool for at least 20 minutes.

  2. 2

    Open the bonnet of the Rio and locate the air filter's casing, which you'll see near the centre-top of the engine. The air filter casing is a large, black plastic case. (Refer to your owner's manual for the exact location if you are unsure.)

  3. 3

    Open the plastic housing case by using a flat head screwdriver to unhook each clip around the perimeter of the case. Once all the clips are unhooked, the case should open easily and reveal the air filter.

  4. 4

    Gently pull out the air filter and discard it with your regular trash.

  5. 5

    Remove the new air filter from the box and place it in the Rio's air filter housing.

  6. 6

    Close up the casing; push each clip back down to lock it into place.

  7. 7

    Close the bonnet of the Rio and pull up to ensure the hood has latched shut.

Tips and warnings

  • Edmunds recommends changing your car's air filter every 12 months or 12,000 miles, whichever comes first.

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