Checking the state of your air filter is an important step to maintain your van happy.
It is advisable to change it every 15.000 to 30.000 miles or every year, depending on how much you use it and where (eg. driving in the desert? better check it more often!).
I didn’t know when was Pamthevan’s air filter last changed, so I thought I would have a look. The filter looked disgusting so I decided it was time to change it.
It turns out that changing the air filter on a Kangoo (and probably in most cars/vans) is very straightforward and can save you quite a few penny on mechanic bills.
Here is what you need to do.
- Open the hood, secure it and locate the air filter. It’s usually in a plastic box fairly close to the engine. If you have no clue of where it could be, just interrogate your good old car manual, he’ll know what to do.
- Remove the clips that keep the air filter cover in case and assess the air filter condition . If you remove the air filter, make sure to seal the air conduct with some duct tape. You don’t want any earrings, bread crumbs or other random objects falling in it!
- Get a new air filter. I just brought mine to the local car part shop, it costed about €10 but you can find them for less online. If you think the air filter has still plenty of life in it, just clean it using an air compressor or a vacuum.
4. Place the new air filter and discard the old one.
5. Put in place the air filter cover and secure it with its clips.
6. Face the next challenge of changing the oil and oil filter.
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