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Mazda CX-5 Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or change the engine air filter in a 1st generation 2012-2016 Mazda CX-5 with the SkyActiv-G 2.0L I4 motor.

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2013 CX-5 Engine Air Box
Two Metal Latches
Flip Down Metal Latch
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & the updated 2016 model year) Mazda CX-5 SUV in cleaning or changing the engine air filter element for the SkyActiv-G 2.0 liter inline four cylinder motor.

Owners of other Mazda vehicles such as the Mazda 2, Mazda 3, Mazda 5, Mazda 6, CX-7, CX-9, and the MX-5 Miata may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement filters with their part numbers are as follows: Wix 49247, Mazda PE07-13-3A0A, Pentius PAB11259, Hastings AF1548, Mahle LX3497, Fram CA11259, AEM 28-20480, Ecogard XA6280, Beck Arnley 042-1831, K&N 33-2480 and Purolator A26280.

No tools are needed to replace the engine air filter.

Release 2nd Metal Fastener
Lift Off Top Half Air Box
Old Filter Exposed
The engine air box is located at front right (driver side) corner of the engine bay.

Release the two metal latches on the front edge of the air box by flipping them down.

Slide the top half of the air box forward towards yourself to release the three plastic tabs from the slots on the bottom half of the air box.

Then lift the top half of the air box up to reveal the old OEM filter.

Filter In Bottom Half Box
Pull Filter Out Of Box
Inspect Both Sides
Lift the old filter straight out of the bottom half of the air box.

Inspect 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 vacuum.

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

I recommend buying the genuine OEM Mazda PE07-13-3A0A engine air filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

If your vacuum cleaner has a crevice attachment, clean out any dust or sand in the bottom half of the air box.


Clean With Vacuum
Clean Bottom Half Air Box
Install New Engine Filter
Insert the new filter in to the bottom half of the air box with the pleats facing down.
Line Up Tabs & Slots
Insert Tabs In To Slots
Two Halves Flush Together
Lower the top half of the air box over the filter.

Slide the three plastic tabs on the rear edge of the air box cover with the slots on the lower half.

Flip Up Metal Latch
Secure 2nd Metal Latch
Engine Filter Replaced
Flip the two metal latches up and over the top half of the air box to secure it in place.

Double check that both halves of the air box are flush together at every edge with no part of the filter visible.

For more, check out all of my Mazda CX-5 DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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