How to change the air filter?
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    Question How to change the air filter?

    I know it seems like an easy thing, but could someone post directions how to change the air filter on my '02? Thanks.
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    Here's a link to the applicable page of the service manual.
    I did not disconect the battery cable when I did this (I didn't look in the manual). I only had the four vertical fasteners to remove. Maybe the previous owner left out the hidden screw (Hmm... good idea?). I'll have to take a look tomorrow.
    http://members.cox.net/santoli9/AirCleaner.pdf
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    service manual is making it way too complicated.

    Just pop the connector for the cruise control cable (as shown in the service manual), also unhooking it from the flexible intake tube. Unhook the electrical cable from the bottom of the intake tube. Unscrew the screws, lift cover, remove filter, replace, and reverse steps.

    No need to disconnect battery.
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    Just looked. I do not have the hidden screw. Nor do I have the lines depicted in the manual which are secured by said screw. Must not be applicable to '03. So, no need to disconnect the negative cable to get access to the screw.
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    I really don't understand why a service manual is needed to change an air filter...the thing came out very fast for me and I had nothing on my hands except a few tools Betcha if you go out and take a look at it, you'll see it's very simple.
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    Like I said above, I know it seems like an easy thing, but I remembered that the job "required" the disconnect of the battery for some reason, and that concerened me. I will take a closer look at it this weekend; and now that I know the battery is a non-issue, I'll just open it up, pop it out, and replace the old one.
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    As a safety precaution, almost all service manual instructions start with battery disconnect. In the mess and confusion of a shop environment, it's probably not bad advise/direction. Just remember to be meticulous and careful using metal tools inside an engine compartment with the battery connected. One false move and the van's computer could be fried.

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    Originally posted by egads
    As a safety precaution, almost all service manual instructions start with battery disconnect...
    In this case I don't think it's as general as that. The manual shows a screw, apparently right behind the battery cable, not easily accessible without removing that cable. Mine does not have that screw, nor apparently does BenjiBoy's.
    Speaking of BenjiBoy: It's not that a manual is needed for this task; it's just that if you have one, why wouldn't you use it?
    I say this even though I didn't use mine. But it was laziness, not miss-placed pride that stayed me.
    If the mystery screw did exist on my air cleaner, I may not have seen it. And as a result, I may have broken some plastic bit, all because I was too damn lazy to open the book.
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    You guys made me go and look. There's no screw on mine either. Benji has an 00 and it doesn't have the screw (or he broke it the first time he changed the filter without looking at the instructions first ) Maybe the manual is wrong and none of them had the screw? Possibly because they used an illustration/text from a different Honda vehicle? I guess we will all have to take our life in our hands and just replace the darn thing without removing the battery cable, resetting the radio code (EX only) resetting the radio presets and doing the idle relearn procedure.....

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    Mine does have the screw there but I had no problems removing the element without removing C D or E on the diagram. I am going to venture a guess and say that your average Honda technician isn't going to waste their time doing that either - they get paid by the job you know. If I had broken it I would have left it broken - it seems to serve no good purpose
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    Stock or KNN

    Hi fellow Ody Club Members,

    Just bought a 2001 Ody EX and was going to change the air filter.

    Anyone can advise if a KNN is worth the money? Any significant improvement in mileages?

    Thanks!

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    When doing a search here use the term K&N. There are seven pages of threads.
    Here's one of them:

    Best air filter

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