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VW Jetta 2.5L I5 Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to change the engine air filter in a 6th generation 2011-2014 MK6 Volkswagen Jetta with the 2.5 liter I5 motor.

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2012 Jetta 2.5L I5 Motor
Air Intake Tube
Pinch Together Hose Clamp
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the 6th generation MK6 (2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014) Volkswagen Jetta sedan or Jetta SportWagen in cleaning or changing the engine air filter element for the 2.5 liter inline five cylinder engine.

Owners of other VW Group vehicles equipped with the 2.5L L5 engine such as the previous generation MK5 (2005-2010) Jetta, Vento, Bora, Passat, Rabbit, Beetle, Golf, Eurovan and Seat Toledo may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement filters including their part numbers are as follows: Wix 49186, Fram CA10085, Mahle LX2093, Mann-Filter C 43 102, ACDelco A3111C, Purolator A25596, K&N 33-2331, Pentius PAB10085, Mann C43102, Beck Arnley 042-1686, Premium Guard PA 5596, Hastings AF1324 and genuine OEM Volkswagen 07K-129-620.

The tools needed to access the engine filter include a pair of pliers, a Torx T20 screwdriver and a Phillips head screwdriver.

Slide Hose Clamp Back
Air Intake Hose
Loosen Torx T20 Screws
The engine air filter for the VW 2.5L I5 motor is located inside the plastic engine cover.

(This procedure might be similar for the 2015 and 2016 Jetta with the 1.8L turbo engine.)

The first step is to pinch together the two tabs on the metal hose clamp that holds the air intake hose to the inlet tube on the right side of the engine cover.

Slide the hose clamp away from yourself and towards the rear of the engine.

Then move to the front part of the air intake assembly and loosen the two Torx T-20 screws that hold the rectangular top cover in place.

Remove 2nd T20 Screw
Two T20 Screws Removed
Release Air Intake Cover Clips
Set the two Torx T20 screws aside in a safe place.
Release 2nd Clip
Air Intake Cover Removed
Pull Out Air Intake Hose
Lift off the rectangular black plastic cover from the front of the air intake assembly and set it aside in a safe place.

Then pull the air intake tube away from the front of the engine bay.

Lift Off Engine Cover
Pull Out Friction Fasteners
Turn Over Engine Cover
Now you can pull the plastic engine cover off the top of the motor.

It is held in place by four rubber friction fasteners that attach to four plastic pegs on the top of the motor.

Turn over the engine cover and locate the 5 Phillips head screws.


Loosen Phillips Head Screws
Loosen 5 Screws Total
Lift Open Filter Compartment
Loosen the five screws by turning them counter clockwise with the Phillips head screwdriver.

The screws will remain attached to the engine air box cover.

Lift open the air box cover and lift the tabs on the opposite side out of their slots in the engine cover.

Filter Inside Plastic Case
Pull Out Old Filter
Inspect Both Sides

Flip over the air filter tray to access the old element.

Pull the old air filter out of the tray and inspect both sides of it.

If the old filter is relatively clean, just tap out the large debris and remove any dust with a vacuum.

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

I recommend buying the Mann-Filter C 43 102 engine air filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

If you'd prefer to have the OEM filter, the part number is Volkswagen 07K-129-620.

Clean With Vacuum
Engine Air Filter Box
Insert New Air Filter
Insert the new or cleaned air filter in to the tray with the pleats facing down and the rubber gasket facing up towards you.
Insert Tabs In To Slots
Air Box Re-Assembled
Tighten 5 Phillips Screws
Re-insert the tabs on the filter tray in to the slots on the air box and lower the other edge against the engine cover.

Tighten the 5 Phillips head screws by turning them clockwise.

Tighten Clockwise
Pegs On Top of Engine
Rubber Friction Fasteners
Line up the four rubber friction fasteners on the underside of the engine cover with the plastic pegs or "spikes" on the top of the motor.
Push On Engine Cover
Re-Attach Air Intake
Re-Insert Air Intake Tube
Push the engine cover firmly down in to place to engage the four friction fasteners.

Re-insert the front part of the air intake tube in to place at the front of the engine bay.

Re-attach the rear of the air intake hose to the air inlet on the engine cover.

Secure Metal Hose Clamp
Lower Air Intake Cover
Push Cover In Place
Squeeze together the two metal tabs on the metal hose clamp together and slide the clamp down to secure the air intake hose.

Lower the rectangular plastic air intake cover on to the front of the intake assembly.

Tighten T20 Screw
Tighten 2nd T20 Screw
Engine Air Filter Replaced
Re-insert the two screws on the sides of the air intake and tighten them in the clockwise direction with the Torx T20 screwdriver.

Start up the engine and listen for any sounds that may indicate a problem.

Be sure to record the filter cleaning or replacement in your Jetta's service records.

For more, check out my other VW Jetta DIY Repair Guides.

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