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Ford Taurus Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to change the engine air filter in a 6th generation 2010 to 2014 Ford Taurus with the Duratec 35 3.5L V6 motor.

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Paul B. Michaels
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Auto Mechanic Since 1989

2013 Taurus Engine Air Box
Two Metal Latches On Left
Flip Latch Away From Box
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the 6th generation (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014) Ford Taurus sedan in cleaning or changing the engine air filter element in the Duratec 35 3.5 liter V6 motor.

Owners of other Ford, Lincoln, Mercury and Mazda vehicles with the Duratec 35 engine such as the Edge, Fusion, Flex, Explorer, MKX, MKZ, and Sable may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement filter elements include the following with their part numbers: Fram CA10242, Motorcraft FA1884, K&N 33-2395, AEM 28-20395 and Wix # 46935.

No tools are needed to replace the engine filter.

A wet/dry shop vacuum can be useful for cleaning the existing OEM element or removing debris from the lower half of the air box.

Reach In To Second Latch
Flip Open Second Latch
Slide Out Tabs On Right
The engine air filter box is located at the front right side of the engine bay, just behind the driver side headlight and in front of the 12V automotive battery.

The top half of the air box is held in place by two metal latches on the left side of the air box. The rear latch is hidden out of view by the air intake hose.

Flip the two latches away from the top half of the air box to release them.

Slide the top half of the air box to the left to pull the tabs on the right side out of their slots.

Lift Off Top Half Air Box
Pull Out Old Engine Filter
Old Filter Removed
Lift the top half of the air box off to access the old filter.

Pull the old engine filter out of the lower half of the air box.

Inspect both sides of the old filter. If it is relatively clean, just tap out any large debris and remove any fine dust with a wet/dry shop vacuum.

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

I recommend buying the Fram CA10242 engine air filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

If you prefer to have a re-usable filter that will last the life time of the car, go with the K&N 33-2395 which will need to be washed and re-oiled every 50,000 miles.


Vacuum Filter Clean
Clean Lower Half Air Box
Insert New Engine Filter
Clean out any sand in the bottom half of the air box with the vacuum.

Install the new or cleaned air filter in to the bottom half of the air box with the pleats facing down and the metal screen mesh facing up towards you.

Insert Tabs In Slots On Right
Flip Up Rear Latch
Secure 2nd Metal Latch
Slide the tabs on the right side of the top half of the air box in to the slots on the bottom half.

Flip up the two metal latches and snap them in place over the top half of the air box to secure it in place.

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

For more, please check out my other Ford Taurus DIY Repair Guides.

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