6.0L Power Stroke Air Filter Replacement

How to Replace the Air Filter Element on a 6.0L Power Stroke

Applicable Models:

2003 - 2007 Ford F-250, F-350, F-450, F-550 Super Duty

Applicable Engine(s):

6.0L Power Stroke diesel

Air Filter Element:

Replacing the air cleaner on a 6.0L Power Stroke is a simple task, but it seems many owners seek help when they've pulled and tugged, yet the air cleaner assembly doesn't want to budge. Fear not, just tug harder and follow the instructions below if you're having difficulty.

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6.0L Power Stroke air filter location

• The air filter is located on the driver's side; the filter element itself is a large, black, cylindrical box.

• 4 metal clips (retainers) lock the air filter into place, as well as two barbed prongs on the underside.

Air filter element removal

• Release the metal retaining clips and move the intake tubes in front of and behind the filter out of the way. This may require some finesse, since the filter has hooks in the front and rear that create a positive seal between the filter and tubing (reference your new filter to see how it is held in place).

• Once the intake tubes are pushed out of the way (you'll only get about 1/4-1/2 an inch of clearance), pop the filter loose by tugging straight up. A pair of barbed prongs secure it to the bottom mount; they should release with a firm pull. If that doesn't work, rock the filter side to side while pulling upwards.

Air filter locking tabs

• Install the new filter in reverse order, making sure the barbs snap into place. Notice how the loops on the front and rear of the air filter need to be lined up with the corresponding grooves on the intake tubing. Failure to properly line these up will result in a poor seal and may allow your truck to pull in unfiltered air.

How to change the air filter

• Lock the retaining clips. The tubing and filter should line up properly if they were installed properly. A flashlight will help you double check your work.