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Honda Pilot Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to change the engine air filter in a 2nd generation 2009 to 2015 Honda Pilot SUV with the 3.5L i-VTEC V6 motor.

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Paul B. Michaels
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Auto Mechanic Since 1989

2012 Pilot Engine Air Box
Four Screws Secure Cover
Loosen Counterclockwise
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015) Honda Pilot SUV in cleaning or changing the engine air filter element for the 3.5 liter SOHC 24V i-VTEC motor.

Owner's of other Honda or Acura vehicles such as the Odyssey, Insight, Ridgeline, CR-V, Fit, Civic, CR-Z, Crosstour, Accord, MDX, RDX, RLX, TL, TSX and ILX may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement filters with their part numbers are as follows: Fram CA10013, K&N 33-2309, EPAuto GP013, Honda 17220-RN0-A00, Mann-Filter MA 1078, PT Auto AF10013, Wix 49042, Hastings AF1440, ACDelco A3110C, GKI AF10013, Ecogard XA5651, Beck Arnley 042-1789, Purolator A26064, Honda 17220-RN0-A00, Mahle LX 3001 and AEM 28-20309.

The tools needed to complete this procedure include an 8mm socket with a 1/4" drive ratchet or a Phillips head screwdriver.

Right Rear Screw
Front Left Screw
Left Rear Screw - 4th
The first two steps are to open the hood and then move to the right side of the engine bay.

The engine air box is located at the right rear corner of the engine bay on the driver side near the windshield and next to the brake fluid reservoir.

There are four bolts that hold the engine air box cover in place with one located at each corner.

Loosen the four screws by turning them counterclockwise with a Phillips head screwdriver or an 8mm socket with a 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench.

Pull Off Air Box Cover
Pull Out Old Air Filter
Inspect Both Sides
The screws will remain attached to the air box cover.

Lift the cover off the bottom half of the air box to expose the OEM filter.

Pull the old filter out of the bottom half of the air box.

Inspect both sides of the old filter.

If the old filter is relatively clean, just tap out the 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, pollen, leaves, insects, hair, twigs, soot and other debris, it should be replaced with a new element.

I recommend buying the Fram CA10013 since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

If you'd rather have the genuine OEM filter, but for a bit more money, here is the part number: Honda 17220-RN0-A00.


Clean With Vacuum
Clean Out Bottom Half Box
Lower Half Air Box
Use a vacuum to clean out any sand or debris in the bottom half of the air box.
Insert New Air Filter
Replace Air Box Cover
Tighten Screws Clockwise
Lower the new or cleaned air filter back in to the bottom half of the air box.

Push the air box cover back down in to place.

Front Right Screw
Tighten Four Screws
Air Box Cover Secured
Tighten the four screws in the clockwise direction with the Phillips head screwdriver or the 8mm socket and 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench.

Make sure that the two halves of the air box are flush together with no part of the new filter visible at the edges.

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

For more, please check out my other 2009-2015 Honda Pilot DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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