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Air Filter Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

30 minutes30 mins

Tab:

$30

Talent:

**

Tools:

Flat head screwdriver

Applicable Models:

BMW X5 (2000-06)

Parts Required:

Engine air filter

Hot Tip:

Work with a cool engine.

Performance Gain:

Achieve highest possible gas mileage

Complementary Modification:

Replace dry rotted or cracked intake air ducts.

In this article, I'll go over the steps involved with replacing the air filter on the BMW E53 X5. Replace the air filter once a year or more frequently if you drive in a dusty area. I suggest checking it each time you change your engine oil, assuming you are changing your oil every 5,000 miles. It's easy to remove to inspect it and replacing it early will help you maintain your maximum fuel economy. This tech article shows the process in changing the air filter on an 8-cylinder engine. Changing the filter on 6-cylinder equipped X5's is similar.

The engine air filter is located on the right side of the engine compartment, near the radiator support (green arrow).
Figure 1

The engine air filter is located on the right side of the engine compartment, near the radiator support (green arrow).

Working at the front of the air filter housing, squeeze the secondary air hose connector (green arrows) to release the locks, then pull it straight off.
Figure 2

Working at the front of the air filter housing, squeeze the secondary air hose connector (green arrows) to release the locks, then pull it straight off.

Then, using a flat head screwdriver, open the four-air filter lid retaining clips (green arrows).
Figure 3

Then, using a flat head screwdriver, open the four-air filter lid retaining clips (green arrows).

Open the air filter housing lid and remove the air filter.
Figure 4

Open the air filter housing lid and remove the air filter.

Once the old air filter has been removed, clean any debris from the air filter housing.
Figure 5

Once the old air filter has been removed, clean any debris from the air filter housing. Install the new air filter and the housing lid, before securing the retaining clips for the air filter housing lid. Install the secondary air hose and listen for an audible click as you engage it.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Upex Comments: Well, perhaps because I'm in UK, but my filter was a pig to change today. It's an 05 3l diesel sport, and the air filter is a long tube like one, running down the left side of the engine looking into bonnet. The space was awful to get the cover off, there 2 5mm Allen bolts at the rear 1 can be seen, just, but the other is way out of view and without a flex extension to hold an 5mm Allen, it was impossible to get any tools in. Getting the cover back in place was almost as difficult without tearing the filter, so if you have the filter in this how to, you lucked out.

Cheers for all the guides pelican parts, been helpful on a number of vehicles. Shame there not a power steering fluid change DIY for the x5, always unsure which pipes to use lol.

Keep up the good work.
January 21, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Pat Comments: How would you suggest one would clean vans and with what.
September 22, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Clean vans? - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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