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Old 08-13-2009, 07:13 PM
 
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Hi,

The oil service guys told me to change the engine filter. what is the engine filter and how can I change it myself.
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Old 08-13-2009, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Air filter maybe? You probably can find a how-to video by Googling.

Air filters are not as easy to change on fuel-injected cars as they were on carburators - Still not that hard but it may require a few tools, may be beyond someone who does not have some mechanical experience.
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Old 08-13-2009, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Poway, CA
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this is one of those things that's really easy to do if you see it, but can take a lot to explain in writing. assuming you don't have a mechanically-inclined friend who can help, you may have luck taking it to the parts store and asking if they wouldn't mind replacing it. some will, some won't. at minimum they could probably pop the hood and point out what exactly it is you need to do.

now, not to complicate this, but do you know when you last changed the filter? sometimes oil change places are quick to suggest you need filters when you really don't. if it's been less than 15K miles or so since the last change, you're probably OK. still, even the oil change places usually do not charge for the actual installation because it's generally pretty easy.

Mike
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Old 08-13-2009, 09:53 PM
 
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Hi Mike,

Thanks for the reply! My Honda Accord has been driven 18K miles and I have never changed the filter since then. The honda dealership was asking $35. It is not about the cost but my husband told me that it is easy to change as he changed the air filter of his nissan. But when he popped the hood of honda he was confused as he was not able to find the filter box or something.
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Old 08-13-2009, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Poway, CA
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is it a 4-cylinder or 6-cylinder? my wife has a 2004 Accord LX (4 cyl) and hers is on the driver side.

this filter is meant to remove dirt and debris from the air entering the engine. therefore, the easy way to find it is to start at the engine and work backwards. if it's a 4-cylinder and they have not changed anything since my wife's car, the intake is on the front (closest to the front bumper) side of the engine. follow the black tube that's about 3" in diameter back to the box. you'll need a screwdriver to get the lid off, but that's it.

Mike
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Old 08-13-2009, 10:07 PM
 
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Thanks Mike! I just googled it and found a video explaining how to change the filter. Thanks a lot! So, when I go to buy a filter I just tell them that I need a Filter for Honda Accord 2008 right!
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Old 08-14-2009, 01:31 AM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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Yes but you need to know what engine you have as they will ask that.
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Old 08-14-2009, 12:42 PM
 
Location: un peu près de Chicago
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Thanks Mike! I just googled it and found a video explaining how to change the filter. Thanks a lot! So, when I go to buy a filter I just tell them that I need a Filter for Honda Accord 2008 right!
Take a look at this place for Honda Accessories ➔ H and A.
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Old 08-14-2009, 01:25 PM
 
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There could be a number of filters.

Air filter
Cabin Filter
Fuel filter even

air filter should be around 15$, and just about any autozone or other parts have it in stock.
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Old 08-14-2009, 02:23 PM
 
Location: H-town, TX.
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There could be a number of filters.

Air filter
Cabin Filter
Fuel filter even

air filter should be around 15$, and just about any autozone or other parts have it in stock.
What he says...
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