You didn't seat the top cover properly...the air filter should not be exposed. This filter housing is the biggest pain in the a** I've ever had regarding an air filter. It's going to take lots of cussing and body English to seat it properly, but you'll get it. Did you review the link summerwind provided above? It might help to get the housing back on correctly. Keep us informed.I just replaced the air filter yesterday, along with the cabin air filter. I removed the MAF on top of the air filter housing by removing the two screws. This made the process a lot easier. One thing I noticed after putting everything back together is that the edges of the air filter are exposed. Anybody else notice this?
Once I unscrewed and removed the MAF sensor, it wasn't really all that bad for me. I put the air filter cover back on while wiggling it sideways, and it seemed to attach to the brackets on the left hand side properly. However, once I saw that the air filter sides were exposed, I removed and installed it a second time. Same result. I took a look at a picture I took of the engine when it was new, and saw that the air filter was exposed then also. See below. The only thing I'm wondering that I can't see from the picture I took when the car was new, is that right now it is exposed on the entire left and right sides as well. I obviously didn't take any pics of the engine from those angles when it was new. Can anybody else look at their air filter box and see if the edge of the air filter is exposed on the entire left and right side?You didn't seat the top cover properly...the air filter should not be exposed. This filter housing is the biggest pain in the a** I've ever had regarding an air filter. It's going to take lots of cussing and body English to seat it properly, but you'll get it. Did you review the link summerwind provided above? It might help to get the housing back on correctly. Keep us informed.
I went through the whole process twice, since I thought there was something wrong with the air filter being exposed. I've heard other members saying that they had a tough time, so I was prepared for that. However, after removing the MAF sensor, I didn't really find it that difficult of a process. It wasn't super easy, but when putting the cover back on, I just wiggled it sideways a few times until it attached to the two "brackets" on the left side. It took me about a half hour to do the whole process twice. The first time, maybe 20 minutes, and then about 10 minutes the second time.Just out of curiosity, how long did it take you to go through the process of replacing the filter? How difficult did you find it to be?
Just replaced my air filter with a K&N also. When I took the top of the airbox off, I noticed that there seems to be a secondary type filter that appears to be part of the airbox (cant remove it). Does everyone else have this also? What happens when that piece gets all dirty, do you have to replace the top of the airbox?