Sunday, 24 February 2013

How to change air filter on a Ford kuga 163 2.0 tdci

Few posts on the kuga owners forum about how the filter isn't changed for several services and it may improve mpg if changed., what harm can it do?

So I bought an oe genuine Ford part off eBay.
Today I got to fit it, first diy job on the kuga.

First off, if you didn't already know, you need to remove the key piece from the keyfob, slide up the front Ford badge and twist anti clockwise then clockwise to unlock the bonnet.
Next up its four simple seven mm screws to release the top cover of the airbox.
Eh voila, one filthy filter having covered 33k miles in this case. 
It also had a few leaves and two wasps lol.
At this point just review how it's seated in the lower case.
You can just remove the old filter now, and clean out any dirt in the casing.

The new filter had a small location lug on the right hand edge that fitted at the bottom of the lower airbox.
The easiest way to refit, is to release the two screws holding the maf sensor into the lower aitrbox piece, just enough before it releases from the threads.
Now fit the new filter, and ensure its located correctly in the end slot off the right hand side. At this point refit the upper cover, with the maf moved out slightly it's much easier to fit it all back together without distortion. Screw the four bolts back in, then lastly screw the two maf screws back in slowly.
This way round is far easier, if you leave the maf fully screwed in and try to put the top cover on, it's nigh on impossible to do properly.

No idea if it's going to help the mpg yet, but it certainly isn't going to hurt! 
Old filter was well past its best.
Let me know how you got on with yours too

1 comment:

Enoch Ross said...

I’ve learned not to pass on getting air filters replaced to avoid the snowball effect on repairs needed on the car. It costs $20 to get a new filter, but if left alone, it can bust oxygen sensors that cost over $200 to get replaced. And when that fails, mpg plunges and a world of trouble on the car and your wallet are brought on. I’m glad you decided to gets yours replaced before things started failing.