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Chrysler Town & Country Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or change the engine air filter in a 2011-2014 Chrysler Town & Country with the Pentastar 3.6L V6 motor.

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Engine Air Filter Box
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Flip Open Metal Latches
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First Fastener Released

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the revised 5th generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Chrysler Town & Country in cleaning or changing the engine air filter element for the Pentastar 3.6 liter V6 motor.

Owners of related Chrysler Group minivan vehicles such as the Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Grand Voyager, Lancia Grand Voyager, Ram C/V Tradesman Cargo Van and the Volkswagen Routan may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement filter elements with their part numbers are as follows: Fram CA11050, Wix 49737, Hastings AF1490, K&N 33-2462, Chrysler 4861737AA, Ecogard XA6165, Purolator A36165, Beck Arnley 042-1856 and Baldwin PA4456.

No tools are needed to access the engine air filter. A wet/dry shop vacuum can be useful for cleaning and re-using the existing filter or removing sand from the bottom of the air box.

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Release 2nd Metal Latch
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Third Metal Latch
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Lift Off Top Half Air Box
The black plastic engine air box is located on the left side of the engine bay closest to the front passenger seat.

It is held in place by three metal latches. Release the latches by pulling the bottom part upwards.

Lift the top half of the air box up and slide it towards the front of the engine to disengage the tabs on the back side from the slots on the lower half of the box.

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Old Filter Exposed
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Pull Out Old Air Filter
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Inspect Both Sides
Pull the old air filter straight out of the lower half of the box.

Inspect both sides of the filter.

If the old filter is relatively clean, tap out any large debris and remove the fine dust with a wet/dry shop vacuum before re-installing it.

If the old filter is dark black or grey and clogged with dirt, dust, hair, insects, leaves, twigs and other debris, it should be replaced with a brand new unit.

I'd recommend buying the Fram CA11050 engine air filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

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Bottom Half Air Box
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Vacuum Out Sand & Debris
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Clean OEM Air Filter



 

Clean out any sand or debris from the bottom half of the air box with the vacuum.
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Install New Air Filter
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Insert Tabs In To Slots
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Flip Metal Latches
Insert the cleaned or new air filter element in to the bottom half of the air box with the pleats facing down and the metal mesh facing up towards you.

Insert the tabs on the rear edge of the top half of the air box in to the corresponding slots in the bottom half of the air box.

Hold the top half of the air box down with one hand while flipping up the metal latches and then pushing down the bottom piece to lock them in place.

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Secure 2nd Fastener
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Secure 3rd Air Box Latch
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Engine Filter Replaced
Make sure that all three latches are secure and that the two halves of the air box are flush together with no part of the air filter visible.

For more, check out my other Chrysler Town & Country Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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