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Jeep Cherokee Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or change the engine air filter in a 5th generation 2014-2018 Jeep Cherokee with the part numbers.

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2015 Cherokee Air Box
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8mm / Phillips / Flathead
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Loosen Counterclockwise

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the fifth generation (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and probably also the revised 2018 model year) Jeep Cherokee in cleaning or changing the engine air filter element for the Tigershark MultiAir 2 2.4 liter inline four cylinder motor.

Owners of other Jeep, Dodge, Chrysler, Fiat and RAM vehicles such as the Compass, Renegade, Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, Patriot, 500, Town & Country, 200, 300, Pacifica, Challenger, Charger, Dart, Durango, Journey, Grand Caravan, RAM 1500, C/V Tradesman and ProMaster Van may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement filters with their part numbers are as follows: K&N 33-5009, EcoGard XA10304, Hastings AF1619 and WIX WA10096.

To access and replace the engine air filter element, you'll need either an 8mm socket with a 1/4" drive ratchet, a Phillips head screwdriver or a flathead screwdriver.

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Screw Removed
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The first two steps are to open the hood an then move to the left (passenger) side of the engine bay.

The black plastic engine air box is located in front of the coolant overflow bottle and behind the passenger side headlight assembly.

There are five screws holding the air box cover in place.

They can be loosened with an 8mm socket with a 1/4" drive ratchet, a Phillips head screwdriver or even a flathead screwdriver.

I chose to use a Phillips head screwdriver.

You do not need to fully remove the screws. I removed the first screw and then realized that the screws could be left partially attached to the air box cover.

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Five Screws Removed
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Lift Air Box Cover
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Old Filter Exposed
Once all 5 screws have been loosened, gently lift off the air box cover.



 

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

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

I recommend buying the EcoGard XA10304 engine air filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

If you'd prefer to have a re-usable filter, buy the K&N 33-5009 filter which will need to be washed and re-oiled every 50,000 miles.

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Clean With Vacuum
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Clean Out Bottom Half
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Install New Air Filter
If the old filter is relatively clean, just tap out the large debris and remove any fine dust with a vacuum cleaner.

Clean out any sand or other debris in the bottom half of the air box.

Lower the new air 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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Lower Air Box Cover
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Tighten Five Screws
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Engine Air Filter Replaced
Lower the top half of the air box down in to place.

Tighten the five screws in the clockwise direction until they are snug.

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

Be sure to record the filter change in your SUV's service records.

For more, check out all of my Jeep Cherokee DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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