Acura Engine Air Filter Replacement DIY

Acura Engine Air Filter Replacement DIY

Last Updated on Thursday Feb 22, 2018

Replacing the engine air filter on an Acura is easy and can be completed in under 20 minutes. This guide provides general instructions on how to change the air filter in various Acura cars including MDX, NSX, RDX, RL RLX, RSX, SLX, TL TLX,  ZDX, CDX, CL, VSX, EL, ILX, Integra, Legend. It is recommended to change the engine air filter once a year or every 15,000 miles. This guide applies to ACURA models from 1998-2019.

What you will need

You will need a new Acura engine air filter. Below we have provided a link where you can buy Acura air filter but make sure to filter the results by year and model. 


Step 1

how to change engine air filter on ACURA model 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019

Park your ACURA. Turn off the ignition.

Step 2

ACURA model change engine air filter diy

Pull the hood release found on the driver's side dashboard of your Acura.

Hood relase ACURA model MDX, NSX, RDX, RL RLX, RSX, SLX, TL TLX,  ZDX, CDX, CL, VSX, EL, ILX, Integra, Legend

Press the hood latch to the right and lift the hood up.

Watch this video for instructions on how to complete this step.

Step 3

acura engine air filter location

Locate the engine air filter on your ACURA model. The engine air filter is typically located on the driver's side of the engine. 

acura engine air filter

Location of engine air filter on Acura TL. 

acura tlx engine air filter

Location of engine air filter on Acura TLX. 

Step 4

acura engine air filter screw

To remove the old filter you will need to remove the screws or press the clips shown in the picture.

acura air filter clip

Step 5

remove engine air cleaner ACURA model 1998-2019

Open the air filter housing and pull out the old filter from the housing. Inspect the condition of the old engine air filter. 

Step 6

Vacuum ACURA model air filter housing

Check the filter housing to make sure it free of dust, particles or leaves. Use a vacuum to clean the air filter housing of your ACURA if that is necessary.

Step 7

new air filter installed chassis

Install new ACURA air filter and secure the screws. Ensure the filter is seated properly in the housing or the housing will not close.


  • Replace engine air filter according to the maintenance schedule of your car. 
  • If you drive frequently in extremely dusty or sandy environments, replace the air filter more frequently. 
  • Do not drive a car with the engine air filter removed. This can cause excessive engine wear.

Why should change the air filter regularly?

  • Improved fuel economy. If the engine air filter gets clogged or dirty it will restrict the air flowing into the engine. That means that the air-to-fuel ratio is not within manufacturer's specifications, therefore the engine will burn more fuel than required.

  • Longer engine life. By changing the engine filter regularly you will be ensuring that the life of your car is not shortened. Serious damage can be caused by dirt if it gets into the engine combustion chamber. It is a wise decision to change the engine air filter as recommended by the manufacturer.