Before you begin, be sure your car is parked safely and is turned off. Always be mindful of hot components like radiator hoses, caps and other components nearby.

Replacement of the air filter for the 2019-2021 Infiniti QX50 with the 2.0-liter VC Turbo engine is simple and straight forward, requires no tools and can be done in about five minutes. Located at the top rear of the engine itself, the air filter box is easily accessed with a bit of reaching.

The engine’s plastic sound cover does not need to be removed to change the filter, but it makes the job easier. The sound cover snaps into place and can be removed easily by simply prying it away from the engine. We have chosen to do so to make accessing the filter box clips easier and to better show the process.

To remove the old filter, simply release the three clips at the front and side of the air filter box with your fingers or a screw driver if necessary. Once released tilt the top of the air filter box rearward to give access to the filter element.

You can now pull the old filter element out and replace with a new one.

Inserting a new filter takes a little care, being sure not to scrape or damage it on the metal clips as you slide it into place. Note that the rear of the filter box is held into place with tabs, so be sure it is in proper alignment or it wont close properly.

Once you have the new filter element in place and properly seated you can snug the filter box top closed and secure it into place with the three metal clips. Finish by inspecting to assure that there are no gaps or pinched edges of the filter showing.