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This guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to change the engine air filter on Mazda vehicles. 

The pictures in this guide are from a 2015 Mazda 5, but they should help owners of other Mazda models learn how to replace the air filter. 

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What you will need


  1. Park the Mazda. Turn off the ignition. Set the parking brakes. Place shifter in Park. how to change engine air filter on Mazda 5 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
  2. Pull the hood release found under the dashboard on the driver's side.
  3. Locate the engine air filter. In Mazdas, the engine air filter (air cleaner box) is in the engine bay. It is located on the driver's side of the engine. Here is a close-up picture of how the air filter cleaner box looks like.location of mazda engine air filter
  4. To remove the air filter, you first need to release the metal clips that secure the air filter housing. Simply pry open the clips. 2010-2018 Mazda 5 engine air filter replacement guide diy
  5. Remove the air filter from the filter housing. 
  6. Remove any dirt, debris, or leaves that you see in the bottom of the air filter housing. 
  7. Replace the engine air filter in your Mazda. Pay attention to the orientation of the old filter. Also, make sure to slide the two tabs on the back of the housing before you close up the housing.
  8. Reinstall the new filter in reverse order. The filter needs to sit flush with the housing, or you won't be able to close it. 

The pictures and video clips on this guide were recorded on a Mazda 5, but these instructions will help owners of Mazda3, Mazda5,  CX5, CX7, CX9 as well, which have the same setup.

Mazda Air Filter Replacement Interval

Mazda Engine Air Filter Change Interval

The recommended engine air filter interval for most Mazda vehicles is 1 year or 12,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Verify in your owner's manual. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I change the engine air cleaner myself on a Mazda?
    • Yes, you can. It is very easy. In most cases, it only takes about fifteen min, and no special skills are required.
  • How do I know that I need to change the engine air filter on my Mazda?
    • When was the last time you changed your Mazda's engine air cleaner? If it has been over a year, you need to change it.
  • Symptoms of a bad engine air filter?
    • Poor fuel economy
    • Air filter dirty
    • Reduced horsepower