GMC Sierra Owners Manual
Engine Air Cleaner/Filter
If the vehicle has a diesel engine, see “Pickup Models” under “Engine Air Cleaner/Filter” in the Duramax® Diesel Supplement for the correct inspection and replacement procedures.
See Engine Compartment Overview on page 10‑6 for the location of the engine air cleaner/filter.
When to Inspect the Engine Air Cleaner/Filter
Inspect the air cleaner/filter at the scheduled maintenance intervals and replace it at the first oil change after each 80 000 km (50,000 mi) interval. See Maintenance Schedule on page 11‑3 for more information.
If driving on dusty/dirty conditions, inspect the filter at each engine oil change.
How to Inspect the Engine Air Cleaner/Filter
To inspect the air cleaner/filter, remove the engine air cleaner/filter from the vehicle by following Steps 1 through 6. When the engine air cleaner/filter is removed, lightly shake it to release loose dust and dirt. If the engine air cleaner/filter remains covered with dirt, a new filter is required. Never use compressed air to clean the filter.
Replacing the Engine Air Cleaner/ Filter
1. Locate the air cleaner/filter assembly. See Engine Compartment Overview on page 10‑6.
2. Loosen the four screws on the cover of the housing and lift up the cover.
3. Remove the engine air cleaner/ filter from the housing. Take care to dislodge as little dirt as possible.
4. Clean the engine air cleaner/ filter sealing surfaces and the housing.
5. Inspect or replace the engine air cleaner/filter.
6. Reinstall the cover and tighten the screws.
Operating the engine with the air cleaner/filter off can cause you or others to be burned. The air cleaner not only cleans the air; it helps to stop flames if the engine backfires. Use caution when working on the engine and do not drive with the air cleaner/filter off.