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Hyundai Santa Fe Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to change the Theta II 2.4L GDI I4 engine air filter element in a 3rd generation 2013 to 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe.

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2014 Santa Fe Engine Air Box
Flip Down Metal Latch
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and perhaps also the face lifted 2017 model year) Hyundai Santa Fe Sport in cleaning or changing the engine air filter element for the Theta II 2.4 liter inline four cylinder GDI motor.

Owners of other Hyundai or Kia vehicles such as the Optima, Cadenza, K900, Sorento, Sportage, Sedona, Soul, Elantra, Veloster, Sonata, Azera, Tucson, Forte, Genesis, Cerato, Spectra, Accent, Sephia, i20, i30, ix35, i40 and Equus may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible engine air filters with their part numbers are as follows: Fram CA11500, Mahle W01331956578MAH and the genuine OEM Hyundai 28113-2W100.

No tools are needed to access and replace the engine filter.

Release 2nd Fastener
Open Filter Access Door
The first two steps are to open the hood and then move to the right side of the engine bay.

The black plastic engine air box is located just to the left of the electrical fuse box and behind the 12V automotive battery.

Flip down the two metal latches on the front edge of the air box to release the filter access door.

Open the hinged access cover and swing it down to expose the old filter.

Slide Out Old Air Filter
Old Filter Removed
Pull the old engine air filter straight out of the slot.

Inspect both sides of the old filter.

Inspect Both Sides
Clean With Shop Vacuum
If the old filter is dark grey or black and clogged with dirt, dust, insects, leaves, twigs, hair, pollen, soot, seeds and other debris, it should be replaced with a new element.

I recommend buying the Fram CA11500 engine air filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

If the old filter is relatively clean, just tap out the large debris on the ground and remove any fine dust with a wet/dry shop vacuum.

Clean Out Air Box
Slide In New Air Filter
If your shop vacuum cleaner has a crevice attachment and a hose, clean out any debris from the inside of the air box.

Slide the new air filter in to the slot with the pleats facing down and the side with the plastic strip running through the middle pointing up.


Push Closed Air Box
Swing Closed Access Door
Make sure that the two halves of the air box are flush together.

Swing the hinged access door up and over the filter slot.

Hinged Door Closed
Secure Metal Latch
Flip up the two metal latches on the front of the air box and secure them in place.
Flip Up 2nd Metal Fastener
Engine Air Filter Replaced
Make sure that the filter access door is secured in place with no gaps.

Don't forget to record the air filter change in your SUV's service records.

For more, check out all of my 2013-2016 Hyundai Santa Fe DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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