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By YOUCANIC on Nov 29, 2018

Acura Engine Air Filter Replacement DIY

Replacing the engine air filter on an Acura is easy and can be completed in under 20 minutes. 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

Park your ACURA. Turn off the ignition.

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


Step 2

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

ACURA model change engine air filter diy


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.


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

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

acura engine air filter screw


acura air filter clip

Step 5

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

remove engine air cleaner ACURA model 1998-2019


Step 6

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.

Vacuum ACURA model air filter housing


Step 7

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

new air filter installed chassis


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.


  • 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.

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