How to Unclog an Automotive Air Filter

What You'll Need
Owner's manual
A vacuum
Old rags

An automotive air filter can become clogged with dust and other debris. A clogged air filter can reduce the fuel efficiency of a vehicle. It is important to keep your air filter clean. You can clean your air filter yourself in just a few minutes.

Step 1 – Removing the Air Filter

Open the hood of your vehicle. Locate the air filter. If necessary, check your owner's manual. Remove the filter cover. You may need to pull up some clamps or loosen a nut to do this. Pull the air filter out from the cover.

Step 2 – Cleaning the Filter

Tap your air filter on the ground to remove any loose dust and debris. Use your vacuum cleaner to suck out the rest of the dirt from the air filter. Vacuum all of the dirt that is in the compartment of your vehicle where the air filter sits. Use an old rag to wipe out the compartment.

Step 3 – Replacing the Filter

Put the air filter back into position. Secure the cover over the air filter, making sure to put the clamps into position or to tighten the nuts. Close the hood of your vehicle.