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#4582185 - 11/22/17 05:54 PM How to replace the clips on an air cleaner box?
NoNameJoe Offline

Registered: 06/03/15
Posts: 417
Loc: New York
A lot of cars use these spring clips, I'm working on a Honda specifically. The clip is rusting badly so I want to replace it.

I bought an OEM replacement clip, was about $2.00. Now the problem is replacing it? There are no instructions on the service manual on how to do this, has anyone done this before? I can't figure out how the clip holds on to the box to release it.

The clips look like this:

#4582197 - 11/22/17 06:05 PM Re: How to replace the clips on an air cleaner box? [Re: NoNameJoe]
spasm3 Offline

Registered: 05/30/10
Posts: 8663
Loc: North Carolina
I suspect you are going to have to look for bolts/screws and remove the entire lower part of the airbox.
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#4582209 - 11/22/17 06:14 PM Re: How to replace the clips on an air cleaner box? [Re: spasm3]
Kira Offline

Registered: 08/19/10
Posts: 5263
Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley
The clips for my airbox lid have small lugs pointing "3 and 9" so you give the thing a gentle squeeze with long nose pliers and in they go.

Your metal clips may have a wire hinge--small as a brad pierced through the plastic. Driving said wire out might be necessary.

I agree re removing the box. It'll make the job a bunch easier.

#4583860 - 11/24/17 05:27 PM Re: How to replace the clips on an air cleaner box? [Re: NoNameJoe]
JTK Offline

Registered: 08/14/03
Posts: 10592
Loc: Buffalo, NY
I know I had to replace a spring clip that looked just like that one on my 2008 Hyundai Santa fe 2.7L years ago. The bottom portion of those clips just 'hooked' through a slot in the plastic lower housing IIRC. Clip was missing when I bought the vehicle used and of course the local Hyundai dealer had to order me one.
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