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Nissan Versa Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to change the engine air filter in a 2nd generation 2012 to 2019 Nissan Versa with the part numbers.

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2019 Versa 1.6L I4
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Engine Air Filter Box
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Flip Open Metal Latch
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Nissan Versa sedan in checking, cleaning or changing the engine air filter element for the HR16DE 1.6 liter inline four cylinder engine.

Owners of other Nissan vehicle such as the Sentra, Altima, Maxima, Murano, Rogue,  Note, Leaf, Juke, Kicks, Latio, Almera, Sunny, Qashqai, NV200, Pathfinder, Frontier and X-Trail may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement engine air filters with their part numbers are as follows: Spearhead MT-215, EcoGard XA10025, Fram CA11215, K&N 33-2479 and Premium Guard PA6202.

No tools are needed to access and replace the filter.

The first two steps are to open the hood and then move to the right (driver) side of the engine bay.

The black plastic rectangular shaped engine air filter box is situated to the left of the brake fluid reservoir and the 12V automotive battery just in front of the cowl by the windshield.

There are two metal latches on the front edge of the air box housing.

Carefully flip the bottom edge of the latch up and swing it away from the bottom half of the air box.



 

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Release Second Latch
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Open Air Box Cover
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Remove Old Air Filter
Then release the second latch by flipping it forward and off the bottom half of the air box.

Lift open the cover and slide out the old air filter.

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Old Air Filter Removed
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Inspect Old Air Filter
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Check Both Sides
Inspect both sides of the old air filter.

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

I recommend buying the Spearhead MT-215 engine air filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon from other Nissan owners.

If you'd like a re-usable filter (which must be washed and oiled every so often), choose the K&N 33-2479 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.

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Clean Out Bottom Half
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Install New Air Filter
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Two Tabs Into Two Slots
Check the bottom half of the air box for any debris such as sand, leaves or insects.

Clean out any debris with the crevice attachment of your vacuum cleaner.

Orientate the new air filter with the pleats facing down and the rubber gasket facing up towards you.

Lower the new filter down into the bottom half of the air box.

Line up the two tabs on the rear edge of the cover with the slots on the rear of the air box housing.

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Flip Down Metal Fastener
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Secure Second Latch
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Engine Air Filter Changed
Swing down the two metal latches and snap them into place over the bottom half of the air box.

Make sure that the two halves of the air box are flush together at every edge with no part of the new filter visible.

Double check that the two latches are securely in place.

Don't forget to write down the filter change in your car's service records.

The service interval specification in the owner's manual for changing the engine air filter is every 30,000 miles (48,000 km) or at least every 36 months.

I'd also recommend checking and cleaning the engine air filter at every oil change which should be completed every 5,000 miles (8,000 km) or at least every 6 months.

Please check out all of my 2012-2019 Nissan Versa DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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