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Kia Soul Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or change the engine air filter for the Nu 2.0L GDI I4 in a 2nd generation 2014 to 2019 Kia Soul.

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2019 Kia Soul Nu 2.0L I4
Engine Air Filter Housing
Front Right Metal Latch
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the 2nd generation (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019 model years) Kia Soul in checking, cleaning or changing the engine air filter element for the Nu 2.0 liter GDI inline four cylinder engine. The procedure should be the same or very similar for Soul models equipped with the Gamma 1.6L GDI I4 engine or the Gamma 1.6L T-GDI turbocharged I4 engine.

Owners of other Kia, Hyundai or Genesis vehicles such as the Niro, Sportage, Sedona, Telluride, Sorento, Rio, Forte, Optima, K900, Cadenza, Stinger, Tucson, Santa Fe, Kona, Palisade, Elantra, Sonata, Accent, Veloster, Ioniq, Nexo, Venue, G70, G80 and G90 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement engine air filters with their part numbers include the following: Fram CA11206, Spearhead MT-206, EPAuto GP206, EcoGard XA6200, AEM 28-20472, Wix 49022, Purolator A16200 and Kia 28113-B2000.

No tool are required 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 rectangular shaped black plastic engine air filter box is situated behind the driver side headlight housing and in front of the 12V automotive battery.


Rear Right Metal Latch
Pull Clip - Away / Down
Front Clip Released
There are two metal latches located on the right (driver) side of the air box cover.

One latch or "clip" is situated at the front right corner and the other is located at the rear right corner.

Pull the tab on the metal latches down and away from the air box cover to release the two retaining clips.

Release Rear Fastener
Pull Open Air Box Cover
Old Air Filter Exposed
Then lift the right side of the air box cover to reveal the old air filter.

You may need to slide the air box cover to the right to remove the two tabs on the left side of the cover from their slots on the bottom half of the air box.

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

Inspect both sides of the old filter.

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

I recommend buying the Spearhead MT-206 engine air filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon from other Kia Soul owners.

If you would like to have the same OEM (original equipment manufacturer) part, buy the Hyundai / Kia 28113-B2000 engine air filter.

If the old filter is relatively clean, just tap out the large debris and remove any fine dust with a vacuum cleaner.

Kia 28113-B2000
Clean Out Bottom Air Box
Install New Air Filter
If your vacuum has a crevice attachment, clean out any sand or other debris from the bottom half of the air box.

Lower the new filter down into the air box.

The pleats should be facing down towards the ground and the rubber gasket should be facing up towards you.

Two Tabs - Left Side
Slide Tabs Into Slots
Lower Air Box Cover
Lower the air box cover down towards the bottom half of the housing.

Slide the two tabs on the left side of the cover into their corresponding slots on the bottom half of the housing.

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

Secure Front Right Clip
Snap On Right Rear Clip
Engine Filter Replaced
Raise the two metal latches up towards the air box cover.

Pop the latches back into place over the top edge of the air box cover to secure it into place.

Be sure to write down the engine air filter change in your vehicle's service records.

The service interval specification for the engine air filter in the owner's manual is to replace it every 30,000 miles or every 48 months (4 years).

For more, please check out all of my 2014-2019 Kia Soul DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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