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Dodge Dart Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or change the engine air filter element in a 2013 to 2016 Dodge Dart with the Tigershark 2.0L I4 motor.

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2013 Dart Engine Air Box
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Two Screws - Right Side
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8mm Socket & Extension

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Dodge Dart in changing a burnt out dual filament low / high beam, front turn signal or side marker light bulb in the headlight housings.

Owners of other Chrysler, Dodge and RAM vehicles such as the Town & Country, 300, 200, Avenger, Charger, Journey, Challenger, Durango, Grand Caravan, and Ram C/V Tradesman minivan may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement engine air filters with their part numbers are as follows: K&N 33-2491, Fram CA11431, Ecogard XA10017, Purolator Classic A26281 and Hastings AF1566.

The tools needed to complete this procedure include an 8mm socket, an extension bar and a 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench.

You may also be able to use a Phillips or flathead screwdriver.

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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Remove 2nd Screw
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The first two steps are to open the hood and then move to the left (passenger) side of the engine bay.

The black plastic engine air box is located next to the alternator and in front of the coolant overflow tank.

Loosen the two black screws on the right side of the air box by turning them counterclockwise with the 8mm socket and ratcheting wrench.

(If necessary, you may also be able to use a Phillips head or flathead screwdriver.)

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2nd Screw Removed
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Two Air Box Screws
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Pull Off Air Box Cover
Set the two screws aside in a safe place.

Carefully lift the top half of the air box to access the old filter.

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Lift Out Old Air Filter
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Old Filter Removed
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Inspect Both Sides
Lift the old filter out of the bottom half of the air box.

Inspect both sides of the old filter.

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

I always buy the Fram CA11431 engine air filter since it has great reviews on Amazon.

If you want a re-usable filter, go with the K&N 33-2491 filter. It will need to be washed and re-oiled every 50,000 miles.

If the old filter is relatively clean, just tap out the large debris and remove any fine dust with a vacuum.



 

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Clean With Vacuum
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Clean Out Air Box
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Insert New Air Filter
If your vacuum has a crevice attachment, clean out any sand or debris in the bottom half of the air box.

Lower the new filter in to the bottom half of the air box with the pleats facing down and the rubber gasket facing up towards you.

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Insert Tabs On Left Side
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Slots On Lower Air Box
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Replace Top Half Air Box
Line up the tabs on the left side of the air box cover with their corresponding slots on the bottom half of the air box.

Slide the tabs in to the slots and push down the air box cover.

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Tighten 8mm Screw
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Tighten Right Rear Screw
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Engine Filter Replaced
Re-insert the two screws and tighten them in the clockwise direction with the 8mm socket and ratcheting wrench.

Try to avoid over tightening the screws to prevent from cracking the plastic filter housing.

Double check that the two halves of the engine air box are flush together with no parts of the new filter visible at the edges.

For more, check out my other 2013-2016 Dodge Dart DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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