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Ford F-150 Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or change the engine air filter of a 12th generation 2009-2014 Ford F150 with the Coyote 5.0L V8 motor.

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5.0L V8 Engine Air Box
First Metal Clasp
Release Metal Clasp
This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 12th generation (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014) Ford F-150 truck in cleaning or replacing the engine air filter of the Coyote 5.0 liter V8 motor.

Owners of other F-Series trucks or other Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles such as the Super Duty F-250, F-350, F-450, Expedition, Explorer, Edge, Escape, E-150, E-250, E-350, Transit Connect, Flex, MKX, MKT, Navigator and Mountaineer may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible aftermarket engine air filter elements include the following with their part numbers: Motorcraft FA1883, Fram CA10262, K&N 33-2385, AEM 28-20385, Purolator A35642, Wix 49883, Champ Labs AF2883, ACDelco A3154C, Hastings AF1333, Mann Filter MA 1202, Pentius PAB10262 and Ecogard XA5642.

No tools are needed to access the engine air filter.

A wet/dry shop vacuum can be useful for cleaning and re-using the original filter.

Release 2nd Clasp
Release 3rd Fastener
Pull Tabs Out of Slots
The air box is located at the front right (driver side) corner of the engine bay.

The top half of the air box is held in place by three metal clasps on the left side.

Flip the three metal latches down to release the top half of the air box.

Lift Off Top Half Air Box
Pull Out Engine Air Filter
Gently lift off the top half of the air box and pull out the old air filter element.

Inspect both sides of the old air filter.


Inspect Both Sides
Clean Out Lower Halve
Insert New Air Filter
If the old air filter is relatively clean like the one pictured above, just tap out the large debris and clean it with a wet/dry vacuum. It's also a good idea to vacuum out the lower halve of the air box.

If the old air filter is dark grey or black and clogged with dirt, dust, leaves, insects, twigs and other debris, it should be replaced with a brand new unit.

I recommend buying the Ford OEM Motorcraft FA1883 engine air filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

If you'd prefer to have a re-usable filter, go with the K&N 33-2385 which will need to be washed and re-oiled every 50,000 miles.

Insert the new or cleaned air filter in to the lower half of the air box with the pleats facing down and the metal mesh facing up.

Insert Tabs In To Slots
Top Halve In Place
Close Metal Clasps
Insert the tabs at the right side of the air box cover in to the slots on the lower halve.
Secure Metal Latches
3 Fasteners Closed
Engine Air Filter Replaced
Flip up the three metal latches to secure the top halve of the air box in place.

For more, check out my other Ford F-150 Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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