The engine-air filter in your Honda CR-V should be changed every 30,000 miles, according to Honda's maintenance schedule. Consider changing the filter more frequently if you drive in dusty areas; it may become clogged faster. The first and second generation CR-V do not use the same air filter; nor is the replacement procedure the same. Minimal time and tools are needed to change the air filter; it's a project you can do at home in about 10 minutes.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- 8mm socket wrench (2002 to 2006)
- Phillips-head screwdriver (2002 to 2006)
- Damp rag
- Dry rag
- Replacement filter
Remove the five 8mm bolts from the perimeter of the air-filter housing. The housing is mounted next to the battery.
Remove the Phillips-head screw from the metal clamp on the air-intake hose (this is the large hose coming out of the air-filter housing). Pull the intake hose away from the housing.
Lift the driver's side portion of the air-filter housing cover. Underneath it you'll find the air filter. Remove it and set it to the side or discard it.
Wipe the interior of the air-intake housing with a damp rag or towel, and then go over it with a dry towel (make sure the interior is dry).
Insert the new air filter into the housing. Push the housing cover back into place. Tighten the five 8mm bolts, and then reattach the intake hose. Tighten the Phillips-head screw.
Changing the Air Filter in a 2002 to 2006 Honda CR-V
Push down the two clips on the side of the air-intake housing. The housing is mounted on the driver's side of the engine compartment.
Lift the cover with your hand to expose the air filter. Remove the air filter and wipe the inside with a damp rag, and then go over it with a dry rag to make sure the interior is dry.
Insert the new air filter in its place. Push down the lid to cover the filter. Push up the two tabs to secure the air-filter housing lid.
Changing the Air Filter in a 1996 to 2001 Honda CR-V
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