GMC Terrain: Vehicle Checks / Engine Air Cleaner/Filter

The engine air cleaner/filter is in the engine compartment on the passenger side of the vehicle. See Engine Compartment Overview.

When to Inspect the Engine Air Cleaner/Filter

For intervals on changing and inspecting the engine air cleaner/filter, see Maintenance Schedule.

How to Inspect the Engine Air Cleaner/Filter

Do not start the engine or have the engine running with the engine air cleaner/filter housing open. Before removing the engine air cleaner/ filter, make sure that the engine air cleaner/filter housing and nearby components are free of dirt and debris. Remove the engine air cleaner/filter. Lightly tap and shake the engine air cleaner/filter (away from the vehicle), to release loose dust and dirt. Inspect the engine air cleaner/filter for damage, and replace if damaged. Do not clean the engine air cleaner/filter or components with water or compressed air.

To inspect or replace the engine air cleaner/filter:

GMC Terrain. Engine Air Cleaner/Filter

1.5L Gas Engine Shown, 1.6L Diesel Engine and 2.0L Gas Engine Similar

  1. Screws
  2. Air Duct Clamp
  3. Electrical Connector

 

  1. Open the hood. See Hood.
  2. Loosen the screw on the air duct clamp (2) and remove the air duct hose from the cover.
  3. Remove the four screws (1) and remove the air cleaner/ filter cover, keeping the wiring harness electrical connector (3) connected to the sensor.
  4. Pull straight up on the cover, and while holding the cover, remove the air cleaner/filter.
  5. Inspect or replace the air cleaner/filter.

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