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Ford Escape Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or change the EcoBoost 2.0L I4 engine air filter element in a 3rd generation 2013-2016 Ford Escape.

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2015 Escape Engine Air Box
Engine Air Box Screws
Loosen Counterclockwise
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the 3rd generation (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and perhaps also the updated 2017 model year) Ford Escape SUV in cleaning or changing the engine air filter element for the EcoBoost 2.0 liter inline four cylinder motor.

Owners of other Ford or Lincoln vehicles such as the Focus, Fusion, C-Max, Mustang, Fiesta, Transit Connect, Edge, Flex, Explorer, Expedition, Taurus, F-150, EcoSport, MKC, MKZ, MKS, MKX, MKT and the Navigator may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement filters with their part numbers are as follows: Motorcraft FA-1908, AEM AE-20993, Wix # 49017, Purolator A36149, Ecogard XA6149, Hastings AF1479, Fram CA11114, GKI AF11114 and Mahle Original LX1780/3.

The only tools needed to access and replace the engine air filter is an 8mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench.

Four 8mm Screws
Screws Remain Attached
Pull Off Air Box Cover
The first two steps are to open the hood and then move to the right side of the engine bay.

The engine air filter box is located next to the electrical fuse box and in front of the 12V automotive battery.

Loosen the four screws that hold the air box cover in place by turning them counterclockwise with the 8mm socket and 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench.

The screws will remain attached to the air box cover. There is one screw at each corner of the cover.

Gently lift the cover off the air box to expose the old filter element.

Engine Filter Exposed
Remove Old Air Filter
Inspect Old Filter
Pull the old filter straight out of the air box.

Inspect the outside and inside 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, pollen, soot, hair, insects, twigs, leaves and other debris, it should be replaced with a new element.

I recommend buying either the Ford Motorcraft FA-1908 or the AEM AE-20993 engine air filters since they have the best reviews on Amazon.

Install New Engine Filter
Replace Air Box Cover
Tighten 8mm Clockwise
Insert the new filter in to the air box.

Carefully lower the engine air box cover back in to place.

Tighten the four 8mm screws in the clockwise direction until they are snug.

Try to avoid over tightening the screws to prevent from cracking the plastic engine air box.

Be sure to record the filter change in your vehicle's service records.

For more, check out my other 2013-2016 Ford Escape DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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