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Kia Soul Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to change the engine air filter in a first generation 2009 to 2013 Kia Soul with replacement part numbers.

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2013 Soul Engine Air Box
Release Metal Latches
Flip Down 2nd Metal Latch
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the 2012 and 2013 Kia Soul equipped with the Hyundai Nu 2.0L I4 motor in changing the engine air filter element.

Owners of other Hyundai or Kia vehicles with the Nu 2.0 liter inline four cylinder engine such as the Elantra, Optima, K5, i30, i40, Forte and Tucson should also find the instructions to be helpful.

The procedure should be similar for Kia Soul vehicles equipped with the 1.6L Gamma, 2.0L Beta II and 1.6L Diesel engines.

No tools are needed to replace the engine air filter.

A wet/dry shop vacuum can be useful for cleaning the existing filter and removing debris from the bottom of the air box.


A few compatible replacement engine air filters for the 2012 and 2013 Kia Soul with either the 1.6L Gamma GDI I4 or the 2.0L Nu I4 motors including their part numbers are as follows: Fram CA11206, Wix # 49022, Hastings AF1502, Mahle LX3300, Ecogard XA6200, K&N 33-2472, and Beck Arnley 042-1811.

Replacement filters for the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Soul with either the 1.6L Gamma I4 or the 2.0L Beta II I4 engines including their part numbers are as follows: Fram CA10699, Wix 49400, K&N 33-2960, Pentius PAB10699, Beck Arnley 042-1811, AEM 28-20960, Mann Filter MA 1258, Purolator A16094, Hastings AF1438, Mahle LX 2739, Ecogard XA6094.

Metal Fastener Released
Lift Off Top Half Air Box
Pull Out Old Air Filter
The first step is to open the hood and then locate then engine air filter box at the front right (driver side) of the engine bay.

Release the two metal latches on the right side of the air box by pulling them off the top half of the air box and allow them to swing down towards the bottom half.

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

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

Inspect Both Sides
Clean With Vacuum
Clean Out Lower Half Box


Inspect both sides of the old air filter.

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

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

I recommend buying either the Fram CA11206 (for 2012 & 2013 models) or the Fram CA10699 (for 2009, 2010 & 2011 model years) since they have excellent reviews on Amazon.

Clean out any sand or other debris at the bottom of the air box with a wet/dry shop vacuum.

Insert New Air Filter
New Filter Installed
Insert Tabs On Left Side
Insert the new engine filter in to the air box with the pleats facing down.

Line up the tabs on the left (passenger side) of the top half of the air box with the slots on the bottom half of the air box.

Close Top Half Air Box
Flip Up Metal Latches
Snap Fastener Over Top Half
Insert the tabs in to the slots and push the top half of the air box down in place.

Flip up the two metal latches and secure them over the top half of the air box.

Make sure that the two halves of the air box are flush together all the way around with no part of the filter visible.

For more, check out my other Kia Soul DIY Maintenance Guides.

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