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Volvo XC60 Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to change the engine air filter element in a 1st generation 2010 to 2017 Volvo XC60 with the Turbo 2.0L I4.

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2017 XC60 Engine Air Box
Loosen Counterclockwise
Left Rear Screw
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017) Volvo XC60 T5 SUV in cleaning or changing the engine air filter element for the 2.0 liter turbocharged inline four cylinder motor.

Owners of other Volvo vehicles such as the XC90, XC70, S90, S80, S60, S40, C30, C70, V90, V70, V60 and V40 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement engine air filters with their part numbers are as follows: Mann Filter C 35 177, EcoGard XA10477, FRAM CA10498 and K&N 33-2388.

The only tool needed to access and replace the engine air filter is a Torx T25 star bit screwdriver.

Rear Middle Screw
Right Rear Corner
Right Front Corner
The first two steps are to open the hood and then move to the right (driver) side of the engine bay.

The engine air filter housing is located just in front of the 12V automotive battery box and behind the driver side headlight assembly.

Loosen the six screws that hold the top half of the air box in place by turning them counterclockwise with a Torx T-25 star bit screwdriver.

The six screws are "captive fasteners" that will remain attached to the air box cover.

There are three screws along the rear edge of the air box cover and another three on the front edge.

Front Middle Screw
Pull Off Air Box Cover
Pull Out Old Filter
Once all six screws have been loosened, gently pull 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.

Old Filter Removed
Inspect Both Sides
Clean With Vacuum
Inspect both sides of the old filter.

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

I bought the Mann Filter C 35 177 filter since it was the OEM part.

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


Clean Out Bottom Half
Install New Air Filter
Push On Air Box Cover
If your vacuum cleaner has a crevice attachment, clean out any sand or debris in the lower half of the air box.

Insert the new air filter in to the bottom half of the air box with the pleats facing down. The shape of the filter allows it to only be installed in the correct direction.

Lower the air box cover back down in to place.

Tighten Clockwise
Left Rear Corner
Tighten the six screws by turning them in the clockwise direction with the Torx T25 screwdriver until they are snug.

Try to avoid over tightening the screws to prevent from cracking the plastic air box housing.

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Six Screws Secured
Engine Filter Replaced
Make sure that the two halves of the air box are flush together at every side.

Be sure to record the filter change in your SUV's service records.

For more, check out all of my 2010-2017 Volvo XC60 DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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