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How to replace the clips on an air cleaner box? #4582185
11/22/17 06:54 PM
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NoNameJoe Offline OP
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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:


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Re: How to replace the clips on an air cleaner box? [Re: NoNameJoe] #4582197
11/22/17 07:05 PM
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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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Re: How to replace the clips on an air cleaner box? [Re: spasm3] #4582209
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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.

Re: How to replace the clips on an air cleaner box? [Re: NoNameJoe] #4583860
11/24/17 06:27 PM
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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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