Change The Engine Air Filter on a Mazda CX-5

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The CX-5's air filter is easy to change without any tools. Here's your simple one-stop guide to changing it out yourself and saving a few bucks.

The same parts and procedure apply to both the 2.0L and 2.5L Skyactive engines in the CX-5. In fact, the same filter also fits the 2.5L Mazda 3 and Mazda 6!

Mazda says the change interval for the engine air filter is every 30 months or 37,500 miles or 60,000 km.

Open the Hood


Locate the hood release lever under the driver's side of the dash nearest the door.


Unlatch the hood and prop it open using the prop rod.

Remove the Old Engine Air Filter


Locate the air filter box.


Unclip the 2 metal hinge clips holding the air box shut.


Open the air box by lifting the top of the box up and forward.

The forward motion is needed because there are tabs that slide into the lower half of the box on the side opposite of the metal clips (tabs shown in step 8 below)

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Remove the old air filter.

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Install a New Air Filter


Install the new air filter with the protruding pleats facing down.

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Carefully slide the air box top back into place, starting with the plastic tabs at the rear of the box.

On our CX-5, theres a wire or tube attached to the box that may try to get caught up in the tabs, watch that you don't crimp that inside the box.


Make sure the filter is fully seated around the edges of the box.


When the air filter box lid feels solid and in place, re-clamp the 2 front metal clamps by swinging them back into place and pressing them by hand into their locked position.

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