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Jeep Patriot Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to change the engine air filter element in a 1st generation 2007 to 2016 Jeep Patriot with the 2.0L I4 motor.

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2016 Patriot Engine Air Box
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Engine Air Box Screws
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8mm Screw Removed

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Jeep Patriot SUV in cleaning or changing the engine air filter element for the 2.0 liter inline four cylinder motor.

Owners of other Jeep, Dodge, Chrysler, Fiat and RAM vehicles such as the Compass, Renegade, Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, Cherokee, 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 air filters with their part numbers are as follows: Fram CA11048, K&N E-1998, Wix 49014, Hastings AF1531, PT Auto Warehouse AF11048, Purolator A16168, Mahle Original LX 2836 and GKI AF11048.

The tools needed to access and replace the filter include an 8mm socket, a 10mm socket and a ratcheting wrench.

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Loosen 2nd 8mm Screw
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3rd 8mm Screw
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Remove 4th Screw
The first two steps are to open the hood and then move to the right (driver) side of the engine bay.

The engine air box is located just to the right of the engine and next to the fuse box.

Do NOT disconnect the two large black plastic electrical connectors for the vehicle's ECU (electrical control unit or "car computer").

Remove the six screws that secure the top half of the air box in place by turning them counterclockwise with an 8mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench.

There are three screws on the left side of the air box cover and another three on the right side.

Try to avoid dropping the screws in to the engine bay.

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4th Screw Removed
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5th Screw - Back Left
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Fifth Screw Removed
Set the six 8mm screws aside in a safe place.
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Remove 6th 8mm Screw
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10mm Bolt - Shock Tower
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10mm Bolt Removed
In order to remove the air box cover, you'll also need to remove the single silver bolt attached to a black bracket on the shock tower.

Loosen the silver metal bolt by turning it counterclockwise with a 10mm socket and a ratcheting wrench.

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Six 8mm Screws & 10mm Bolt
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Open Engine Air Box Cover
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Old Filter Exposed
Set the 10mm bolt aside with the six 8mm screws.

Gently lift open the top of the air box to access the old filter.



 

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Pull Out Old Air Filter
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Inspect Old Engine Filter
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Inside of Old Filter
Pull the old air filter straight out of the bottom half of the air box.

Inspect the outside and inside of the old cylinder style air filter.

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

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

I recommend buying the Fram CA11048 engine air filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

If you'd rather have a re-usable filter that will last the life time of the SUV, go with the K&N E-1998. It will need to be washed and re-oiled every 50,000 miles.

Orientate the new air filter with the open end facing towards the air intake tube.

The closed end of the new filter should be visible and pointing towards the outside of the vehicle.

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Lower Air Box Cover
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Spin In 10mm Bolt
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Tighten 10mm Clockwise
Carefully lower the top half of the air box over the bottom half.

Make sure that the two halves of the air box are flush together at every edge.

Re-insert the 10mm bolt in to the black metal bracket that attaches to the shock tower.

Tighten the 10mm bolt in the clockwise direction until it is snug.

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Replace 8mm Screw
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Tighten Clockwise
Replace the six 8mm in to the air box cover by turning them clockwise until they are snug.
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Left Rear 8mm Screw
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Tighten Sixth 8mm Screw
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New Engine Filter Installed
Try to avoid over tightening the six 8mm screws to prevent from cracking the plastic engine air box housing.

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

For more, check out my other 2007-2016 Jeep Patriot DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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