Trucks are heavy duty vehicles that require a consumption of clean air for their engines to give power and this is why it is imperative to have a truck air filter. If there is so much of dirt and dust, which is brought in by the engine with the fresh air into the combustion cylinders; it can clog and affect the performance of the engine. Over the period the dust and dirt settles onto the filter and clogs it, thus reducing the fresh air inflow. Thus, the truck air filter needs to be changed regularly to maintain good performance. Below are steps to handle the replacement
Identify Cold Air Intake System
At the very start get the owners’ manual and go through the diagrams carefully to identify the cold air intake system of the truck’s engine. It is important especially if you are a starter or doing it first time. Identify where the air filter is fixed.
Identify the Adjacent Parts
Still another step before removing any part from the fresh air intake system of the truck’s engine is to know about the parts that are just adjacent to the air filter. As the process of replacing air filter will also require them to being opened up. Identify the parts using the owner’s manual.
Start to Open Up
Now, use gloves and open the engine hood. Start by removing the clamps, hooks, fasteners, clips, hoses and any other holding part on the engine. To keep confusion away while again tightening up the screws, keep different screws and hooks at separate spots, at a distance from each other.
Remove Air Intake System
Once the parts are loosened, they can be taken out. With utmost care remove the cover of the fresh air intake system and then the air filter of the truck engine.
Clean the Parts
Remove the cover of the air intake system then the aim is to clean the dirt and dust settled on to it and in the bay; this can be carried with a vacuum cleaner. Before removing the old air filter, take note of its position so that the new air filter will be installed in the right position.
Replace The Air Filter
Now fit in the new air filter on the panel. Check it by tapping to see if it is loose. Now cover the fresh air inlet system and fasten all the hooks, screws, hoses and clips removed one by one. The aim here is to fasten all the hooks and clips in the reverse order, as they were unfastened.
Close and Check
Last step before the engine hood is coupled is to check that all the screws and hooks are fastened correctly at the right places. If in doubt, refer to the user’s manual of the truck.