How To Replace A Mazda Engine Air Filter

The engine air filter is an important part in your Mazda. It allows air into your engine while keeping harmful contaminants out. If you don’t replace your engine air filter in time, the filter will get dirty enough to deprive your engine of air. Having a dirty engine air filter can cause a variety of issues.


There’s no excuse to not replace your engine air filter. Replacement filters are quite affordable (even more so when you shop from us). Also, replacing an engine air filter is so easy anyone can do it at home. This tutorial is all you need.

Signs That Your Engine Air Filter Is Clogged

Dirty filter

If you’re experiencing any of the following signs, chances are you need a new engine air filter.

  • Reduced fuel mileage
  • Reduced horsepower
  • Service engine light coming on

How To Replace The Engine Air Filter In Your Mazda

The engine air filter is inside the air cleaner box. You only need to take it out and then put the new filter in. A set of detailed steps is outlined below, but first let's talk about where you can find a replacement engine air filter.

Finding A Replacement Engine Air Filter

The first thing you have to do is to find a replacement engine air filter. There are two places to get an OEM replacement filter:

  1. At a Mazda dealership
  2. Online

The second option - online - is the more affordable option. If you buy one from a dealership, expect to pay a markup that's about 30%. You'll save a lot of money by ordering from us. We offer wholesale pricing on all genuine OEM Mazda parts and accessories. This includes engine air filters. You don't have to wait around for your replacement part, either. We also offer fast and affordable shipping.

Replacing The Engine Air Filter In 9 Steps

Filter change

The engine air filter replacement process takes less than 5 minutes. You don't even need any special tools to do this. Here are the steps you need to take to replace the engine air filter in your Mazda:

  1. Make sure the engine is off and cool.
  2. Open the hood and then prop it up.
  3. Find the air cleaner box. On most Mazda models, you can find it on the driver’s side of the engine. It’s a small black plastic box.
  4. With your hands, pry open the metal clips that secure the air cleaner box housing cover in place.
  5. Remove the cover.
  6. If you see any dirt, debris, or leaves at the bottom of the air filter housing, go ahead and remove it.
  7. Take the old engine air filter out. Pay attention to its orientation to ensure that the new filter goes in the right way.
  8. Put in the new engine air filter. Make sure that it sits flush with the housing cover.
  9. Put the housing cover back on and then slide on the two tabs on the back.

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