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Chevrolet Tahoe Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to change the engine air filter in a 2nd generation 2000 to 2006 GM Chevy Tahoe with the Vortec 5300 5.3L V8 motor.

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2006 Tahoe Engine Air Box
Torx T25 Screwdriver
Loosen Counterclockwise

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006) GM Chevrolet Tahoe SUV in cleaning or changing the engine air filter element for the Vortec 5300 5.3 liter V8 motor.

Owners of other General Motors GMT800 series SUV or truck vehicles such as the Chevy Silverado, Suburban, Avalanche, GMC Yukon, Sierra, Hummer H2 and the Cadillac Escalade may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement engine air filters with their part numbers are as follows: Fram CA8755A, Wix 42488, ACDelco A3085C, K&N 33-2129, AEM 28-20129, Spectre HPR8755, Purolator PA45314, Ecogard XA5314 and Pentius PAB8755.

The only tool needed to replace the filter is a Torx T-25 star bit screwdriver.

Remove Screw
One Screw - Each Corner
The engine air filter box is located at the front left (passenger side) area of the engine bay.

Loosen the four screws (one at each corner) that hold the top half of the air box in place by turning them counterclockwise with the Torx T-25 star bit screwdriver.

You may be able to leave the screws attached to the top half of the air box.

4 Screws Removed
Lift Top Half of Air Box
Pull Out Old Air Filter
I chose to fully remove the four screws.

Set the screws aside in a safe place.

Pull the top half of the air box off the bottom half.

Lift the old air filter straight out of the bottom half of the box.

Check Both Sides
Old Filter - Very Dirty
New Fram Extra Guard
Check both sides of the old filter.

If the old filter is 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, pollen, leaves, insects, twigs, hair and other debris, it should be replaced with a new element.


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Clean Out Bottom Half
Insert New Filter

If there is sand or dirt at the bottom of the air box, clean it out with a vacuum.

I recommend the Fram CA8755A engine air filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

Lower the new filter in to the bottom half of the air box.

Lower Top Half Air Box
Replace Torx T25 Screws
Lower the top half of the air box over the bottom half.
Turn Clockwise
4 Screws Tightened
Engine Filter Replaced
Re-insert the four Torx T25 screws and tighten them in the clockwise direction.

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

For more, check out my other 2000-2006 GM Chevrolet Tahoe DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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