Instructions for Changing a Honda CR-V Air Filter

Written by leonardo r. grabkowski
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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

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    Changing the Air Filter in a 2002 to 2006 Honda CR-V

  1. 1

    Remove the five 8mm bolts from the perimeter of the air-filter housing. The housing is mounted next to the battery.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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).

  5. 5

    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 1996 to 2001 Honda CR-V

  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

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