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Hyundai Accent Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or change the engine air filter in a 4th generation 2011 to 2015 Hyundai Accent with the 1.6L I4 motor.

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2013 Accent 1.6L I4 Engine
Two Metal Latches
Flip Down Fasteners
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the fourth generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015) Hyundai Accent in cleaning or changing the engine air filter element for the Gamma GDI 1.6 liter inline four cylinder motor.

Owners of other Hyundai or Kia vehicles such as the Tucson, Elantra, Sonata, Azera, Veloster, Tiburon, Genesis, Lavita, Veracruz, Santa Fe, ix20, i20, ix35, Fluidic Verna, Equus, Cadenza, Forte, Optima, Rio, Soul, Sedona, Sorento, Spectra and Sportage may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement engine air filters with their part numbers are as follows: Fram CA11206, K&N 33-2472, Wix 49022, Hastings AF1502, Hyundai 28113-1R100, Pentius PAB11206, Mahle LX3300, Beck Arnley 042-1844, Ecogard XA6200 and Genuine Hyundai 28113-1R100.

No tools are needed to replace the filter. A wet/dry shop vacuum may be useful for cleaning the air box or the OEM filter element.

Flip Down 2nd Latch
Pull Open Air Box Cover
Pull Out Tabs On Left Edge
The engine air box is located on the right (driver) side of the engine bay just in front of the 12V automotive battery.

The top cover of the air box is held in place by two metal latches.

One is located at the front right (driver) side corner and the second is situated at the rear right corner of the air box.

Flip the metal latches away and down off the top half of the air box.

Then slide the cover to the right to remove the two plastic tabs from the slots on the left side of the bottom half of the air box.

Lift open the top half of the air box to access the old OEM engine air filter.

Remove Old Air Filter
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Inspect Both Sides
Pull the old filter out of the bottom half of the air box.

Inspect both sides of the old filter.

If the old filter is relatively clean, just tap out the large debris and remove any fine dust with a vacuum cleaner.

If the old filter is dark grey or black and clogged with dirt, dust, insects, leaves, twigs, hair and pollen, it should be changed with a new element.

I would recommend using the Fram CA11206 air filter since it has the best reviews on Amazon.

Or if you'd like to have a re-usable filter, go with the K&N 33-2472 that will need to be washed and re-oiled every 50,000 miles.


Clean With Vacuum
Clean Out Bottom Half
Install New Air Filter
If your vacuum cleaner has a crevice attachment, clean out any sand or other debris in the bottom half of the air box.

Insert the new engine filter in to the lower half of the box with the pleats facing down.

New Filter In Air Box
Slots On Left Edge
Insert Tabs In Slots
Slide the tabs on the left side of the air box cover in to the two slots on the bottom half of the box.
Re-Attach Metal Latch
Flip Up 2nd Metal Latch
Engine Air Filter Replaced
Flip up the two metal latches and snap them in place on to the top half of the air box cover to secure it in place.

Make sure that the two halves of the air box cover are flush together at every edge with no parts of the filter visible.

For more, check out my other Hyundai Accent DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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