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Guide on how to replace the engine air filter on a Kia Forte 2018-2022.

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What you will need


  1. Open the hood. Pull the hood release under the dashboard.The hood release of the Kia Forte.


    Pulling the hood release of the Kia Forte.
  2. Locate the hood latch on the vehicle's front and press the tab to the left to unlock it.Unlocking the hood latch of the Kia Forte.


  3. Pull the hood up and set the hood strut to hold the hood open.Setting the hood strut to hold the hood.


  4. Locate the air filter housing on the driver's side of the engine compartment next to the battery.The air filter housing of the Kia Forte.


  5. Unlock the clips on the air filter housing by moving the right side clip to the right and moving the backside clip to the left.The location of the clips on the air filter housing.


  6. Pull the housing of the air filter up.Pulling the cover of the air filter up.


  7. Remove the air filter from the housing by sliding it out.Removing the air filter of the Kia Forte.


    The old air filter of the Kia Forte.
  8. If the housing has a lot of dirt and debris, clean it using an air vacuum.
  9. Line up the new air filter and place it in the housing. Make sure that the air filter is in the proper orientation.Installing the new engine air filter.


  10. Line up the cover back to the air filter housing.Reinstalling the cover of the engine air filter.


  11. Set the clips of the air filter housing by sliding them back to their lock position.
  12. Close the hood and start the engine to ensure proper operation of the engine. 

If the check engine light comes on after replacing the air filter, it is possible that the MAF sensor was accidentally unplugged. Check the connector to the MAF sensor.