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Chevrolet Tahoe Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or change the engine air filter in a 3rd generation 2007 to 2014 GM Chevy Tahoe with the 5.3L V8 motor.

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Vortec 5300 Engine Air Box
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Remove Four Screws
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Air Box Screw Removed

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014) Chevrolet Tahoe in cleaning or changing the engine air filter element in the Vortec 5300 5.3 liter V8 motor.

Owners of related General Motors full size SUV or truck vehicles equipped with the Vortec 5300 V8 engine such as the Suburban, Avalanche, Silverado, GMC Yukon, Yukon XL, Yukon Denali, Sierra, and Cadillac Escalade may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement filters with their part numbers are as follows: Fram CA8755A, ACDelco A3086C, Purolator A45314, Wix # 42488, Champ Labs AF1519, Mann-Filter MA 1103, Hastings AF1052 and K&N 33-2129.

The only tool required to replace the filter is a Torx T25 star bit screwdriver. A wet/dry shop vacuum can also be useful for cleaning the existing filter and the bottom half of the air box.

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2nd Torx T25 Screw
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3rd Screw
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4th Screw Removed
The first step is to locate the four screws on the top half of the air box. There is one screw at each corner of the air box.

Remove the four screws by turning them counter clockwise with the Torx T25 screwdriver.

Set the screws aside in a safe place.

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Four Torx T25 Screws
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Pull Off Top Half Air Box
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Old Air Filter Exposed
Pull up the top half of the air box to reveal the old engine air filter.
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Pull Out Old Air Filter
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Inspect Both Sides
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Pleats On Bottom
Pull the old air filter straight out of the bottom half of the air box.

Inspect both sides of the old filter.

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

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

I recommend buying either the Fram CA8755A filter or the OEM GM ACDelco A3086C since they both have excellent reviews on Amazon.



 

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Clean With Vacuum
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OEM Filter ACDelco A3086C
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Insert Filter - Pleats Down
The OEM (original equipment manufacturer) engine air filter in this 2014 Tahoe is the ACDelco # A3086C.

Insert the new filter in to the bottom half of the air box with the pleats facing down and the mesh screen facing up towards you.

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Replace Top Half Air Box
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Re-Insert Air Box Screws
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One Screw - Each Corner
Push the top half of the air box back down in to place.

Re-insert the four screws in to the top half of the air box with one at each corner.

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Replace 4th Torx T25 Screw
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Tighten Clockwise Direction
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Engine Air Filter Replaced
Tighten the four screws in the clockwise direction with the Torx T-25 screwdriver until they are snug.

Try to avoid over tightening the screws to prevent from cracking the plastic air box.

Make sure that the two halves of the air box are flush together all the way around with no part of the filter visible.

Be sure to record the filter change in your vehicle service records.

For more, check out my other Chevrolet Tahoe DIY Repair Guides.
 

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