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Chevrolet Silverado Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or change the engine air filter in a 2nd generation 2007-2013 GM Chevy Silverado with the 4.8L V8 motor.

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Silverado Engine Air Box
Remove Torx T-25 Screws
2nd Torx T-25 Screw
This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 2nd generation (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013) Chevrolet Silverado 1500 in cleaning or replacing the engine air filter of the Vortec 4800 4.8 liter V8 motor.

Owners of other General Motors vehicles such as the GMC Sierra, Terrain, Acadia, Yukon, Savana, Chevy Colorado, Avalanche, Express, Equinox, Traverse, Tahoe, Suburban, Spark, Sonic, Cruze, Volt, Malibu, Impala, SS, Camaro, Corvette, Verano, Regal, LaCrosse, Encore, and Enclave may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement air filter elements include the following with their part numbers: Fram CA8755A, Purolator PA45314, Mann MA 1103, K&N 33-2129, AEM 28-20129, aFe 31-10004 and Fram CA8756.

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

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4 Screws Removed
The air filter box is located on the left side of the engine bay right in front of the coolant overflow tank.

Use a Torx T25 star bit screwdriver to remove the four screws holding the top half of the air box in place by turning them counter clockwise.

Set the four screws aside in a safe place.

Lift Off Top Half
Pull Out Old Air Filter
Inspect Old Filter Element
Lift off the top half of the air box and pull out the old air filter element.

Inspect both sides of the old air filter.

If it looks relatively clean, tap out the large debris and remove any dust with a wet/dry vacuum.

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

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


Clean Out Lower Half
Insert New Air Filter
New Element Installed
Clean out the lower half of the air box with a wet/dry vacuum.

Insert the new air filter with the pleats facing down and the metal screen facing up.

Replace Top Half Box
Re-insert 4 Screws
Lower down the top half of the air box and make sure that it is flush all the way around with the lower half.
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Tighten Torx T25 Screws
Re-insert the four screws and tighten them with the Torx T25 screwdriver.
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4th Screw Tightened
Engine Air Filter Replaced

Do not over tighten the screws to avoid cracking the plastic air box housing.

For more, check out my other 2007-2013 Chevy Silverado Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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