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Ford Crown Victoria Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or replace the engine air filter in a 2nd generation 1998-2011 Ford Crown Victoria with the 4.6L V8 motor.

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Engine Air Box
Release First Metal Latch
Flip Up Second Fastener
This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 2nd generation 1998-2011 Ford Crown Victoria in cleaning or replacing the engine air filter element

Owner's of other related "Panther" platform Ford, Lincoln or Mercury vehicles with the Modular 4.6L V8 motor such as the Grand Marquis, Marauder, and Town Car, may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few aftermarket filters for the 4.6L V8 engine include the following with their part numbers: Purolator A24343, Wix 46814, Motorcraft FA-1783, Mann-Filter MA 1014, Champ Labs AF1032A, Hastings AF1198, ACDelco A1115C, Pentius PAB5056, K&N 33-2272 and Fram CA5056.

No tools are needed to access the engine air filter element.

A wet/dry shop vacuum can be helpful for cleaning out debris.

Lift Up Air Box Top Half
Pull Out Air Filter Element
Clean Or Replace Filter
The engine air box is located on the driver side of the engine bay near the front bumper.

The top half of the air box is held in place by two metal latches. Flip the latches upwards to release them before pulling off the top of the air box.

Remove the old air filter element and inspect it.

If it looks relatively clean such as the one in the pictures above, you can shake out the large debris and clean it with a wet/dry shop vacuum before re-installing it.

If the old air filter is dark black and clogged with dirt, dust, insects, hair and other debris, it should be replaced with a new element.

I recommend buying the Fram CA5056 engine air filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.


Slots On Top Half Box
Tabs On Bottom Half
Insert New Air Filter
Insert the cleaned or new filter back into the lower half of the air box with the ribs facing down or follow any "air flow" indicator arrows that may be present.

Line up the slots on the top half of the air box with the tabs on the left side of the lower air box half.

Pop Together Left Side Box
Snap Closed Metal Fasteners
Engine Air Filter Replaced
Push together the tabs and slots on the left side of the air box before lowering the right side down over the filter.

Snap the two metal clasps in place to securely hold the two halves of the box together.

For more, check out my other Ford Crown Victoria Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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