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2002-2003-2004-2005-2006-2007 Honda Accord air filter replacement and coolant inspection

Doing the Accord Air Filter replacement procedure on a 2006 Honda Accord EX is a five minute job. Simply unscrew the four screws as shown in the photo below and gently pull up the air filter housing. You don’t need to disconnect the air snorkel, pulling it up gives you enough clearance to swap out the engine air filter. I recommend the K&N air filter replacement.

Unscrew the air filter housing in the four places shown and then lift the cover up enough to access to the engine air filter element.
2006 honda accord v6 ex engine air filter replacement, Unscrew these four screws and pull up the housing, then pull the old filter out and replace.  No need to disconnect the air filter housing, just these 4 screws.

Coolant check procedure:
To check your coolant level, while the car is cold and off examine the coolant reservoir as shown in the photo below. There’s a minimum and maximum indicator line, make sure the coolant is in that range. Pretty simple.

The correct coolant level, between minimum and maximum
Honda accord coolant inspection, Make sure the coolant is between the minimum and maximum indicators
Use a 50/50 mix of Anti-freeze and distilled water for the proper cooling mixture. It’s OK if the ratio is off slightly like 40/60 or 60/40.

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2007-2008-2009 BMW X3 3.0si – Cabin Air Filter and Engine Air Filter replacement – Coolant check procedure e83

When I picked up my 2008 BMW X3 last year used, the first thing I did was order a new BMW X3 Replacement Cabin Air Filter and Engine Air Filter. Both are fairly inexpensive and both are easy to install – requiring no tools.

Replacing the Cabin Air pollen filter:
The cabin air filter is in the housing just underneath the windshield, in the center of the engine compartment. Fresh air comes in through the air vents below the windshield, then up through the filter, then into the ventilation system. If you feel under the housing, you can feel the paper filter that’s already installed. There are three plastic spring nuts that you turn less than one revolution to disengage, unlock all three nuts to open the housing, then remove the old filter and install the new one.

You’ll notice the flow of air goes up when the filter is installed properly, and you should see the dirty part of the old filter is on the bottom. Your new filter will tell you the proper air flow direction ensuring you install the filter correctly. Fit the new filter in so it’s symmetrical and the door closes without interfering. Lock down all three plastic nuts, you should be able to feel the filter firmly secured from underneath.

Notice at the bottom of the air flow channel there are drain holes for rain to escape; make sure these are clear when servicing the cabin air filter. One thing I like about the Mann filter and also this Fram is that they have active ingredients like charcoal to further purify the cabin air.

Replacing the Engine Air filter:
Another easy procedure on the e83 BMW X3 is inspecting and changing the engine air filter element. There are four tabs that need to be unsnapped to access the engine air filter, you can use a flat head screwdriver to pop them lose but for me it was easier and faster to do it by hand. See photo below.

Open the air box a bit so you can slide the old filter out. I usually vacuum the air box out before installing the new element in case there’s leaves, dirt, or debris in the air box.
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