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#1 Old 06-13-2009, 12:57 AM
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Does anyone know how to change the air filter on a V6 2008 Sonata? Taking the top off the air filter case is not an easy process of just taking the clasps off. The air intake hose is also attached and it prevents you from lifting up the top enough to take out the old filter and put the new one in. I can't see how to detatch the hose. The manual doesn't say ANYTHING about taking off the hose...just to unhook the clasps which is erroneous instructions.
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Unhooking the 4 clasps and jimmying out the old air filter underneath is the only way. Although it looks like the hose will prevent you from removing the filter, it doesnt. I have done it several times to clean the filter without having to remove the hose....

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Unhooking the 4 clasps and jimmying out the old air filter underneath is the only way. Although it looks like the hose will prevent you from removing the filter, it doesnt. I have done it several times to clean the filter without having to remove the hose....
"Jimmy" is the word for it. After releasing the four clips, you raise the cover with the air duct still attached and kind of "slip" the filter out with some body English.
Not the best of designs. The large end of the new filter then slides in and faces the firewall.
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the air duct has to be wiggled out of the way a bit and you have to hold it up while trying to get the old filter out.. not that hard, but as kn5 said, could have been made a tad easier.. the wife's Tucson is much much easier to change.. that said, should only take you about 5 minutes tops
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Thank you for your replies. Are you guys sure the 2006 is designed just like the 2008? I only see 3 clips, not 4...and it really seems like I'm going to break the cover when I try and lift it up high enough for the filter to come out. Also, I want to make sure no dirt or debris gets in their when replacing and by jimmying the thing and prying it up..scraping the old out and scraping the new in...it really seems like it would be hard to keep it all clean. I just hope I don't break this thing when I left it high enough to move the filter out and in. What a horrible design...never dealt with an air filter case this difficult.
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Thank you for your replies. Are you guys sure the 2006 is designed just like the 2008? I only see 3 clips, not 4...and it really seems like I'm going to break the cover when I try and lift it up high enough for the filter to come out. Also, I want to make sure no dirt or debris gets in their when replacing and by jimmying the thing and prying it up..scraping the old out and scraping the new in...it really seems like it would be hard to keep it all clean. I just hope I don't break this thing when I left it high enough to move the filter out and in. What a horrible design...never dealt with an air filter case this difficult.
I have to agree with you that the design of the enclosure is pretty poor. There are four clips holding the two halves together.

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On the 07 anyway (should be same for 08), there is a 4th clip, its just hard to find. If I remember right its located sort of under the intake hose. Once you find that, its a lot easier. When I first did it, I thought you had to take off the hose to get it out before I found the 4th clip.
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same on the '06.. there are definitely 4 clips, but the last one is "hiden" underneath the hose.. but it still feels like you could break it by lifting it high enough to actually get the filter out.. its deffo a PITA, but still doesnt take too long..

(i, too, thought the hose had to come off before i found the 4th clip)
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Yep, I have an '06 too and changed the filter. You just need to make sure you get each clip. Where it doesn't want to open up, is where that one clip is hiding. Don't worry, if I can change the filter anyone can


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If it makes it easier for anyone looking to replace the air filter anytime soon, you can try to separate the hose from the filter housing by removing the two bolts that hold it in place. That way one doesn't have to squeeze a hand under the hose to reach the fourth clip or wrestle with the upper half of the housing just to get to the filter.

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