How Much Does an Engine Air Filter Replacement Cost?

FIXD wants to make sure that we report the most accurate price estimates for repairs and maintenance as possible! In order to do this, we consult with real mechanics to get honest answers about what a specific car repair might cost. We report not only the cost of the repair, but also any additional add-ons. These add-ons include any service that our mechanics feel would most likely accompany the original repair.

Maintenance: Engine Air Filter Replacement

Estimated Price at the Mechanic: $40-$85

Changing your engine’s air filter is one of the simplest and cheapest ways to see an improvement in your car’s overall performance.

Most car owners rarely think about their engine’s air filter. In fact, a lot of people might not even know that there are 2 different air filters in their car, one being the cabin air filter and the other being the engine air filter.

It is extremely important that you change out your air filters in a timely manner, as they have a massive impact over your vehicle’s ability to properly function. A dirty air filter can lead to any or all of the following symptoms:

  1. Decreased Engine Power
  2. Poor Acceleration
  3. Higher RPM (more wear on engine)
  4. Rough Running Engine

Luckily, they are extremely easy and relatively cheap to replace, and FIXD has already written an article telling you exactly how to do it!

Breakdown of Price: $20-$50 Air Filter; $20-35 Labor

Air Filters alone are not terribly expensive. Especially not when you consider how important you are they are for your vehicle.

Mechanic vs. DIY: Mechanic $40-$85 vs. DIY $20-$50

Changing your engine’s air filter is something that FIXD very STRONGLY RECOMMENDS you try doing at home! It is extremely simple to do, and you will save a good chunk of money doing it. Click here to read FIXD’s article about how to change your air filter at home, along with some suggestions about which brands to buy!

Projected Add-Ons: None

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Comments 8

Charlotte Mullen

February 22, 2019

I was thinking I might need a new air filter. Thanks so much for your price quotes.

FIXD Marketing

February 22, 2019

No problem Charlotte!
Glad we could help!


Etti Ezra

June 26, 2019

Is IT better to do IT in thedealer ship or in another place

Bob Senske

July 27, 2020

Dealerships will usually be the most expensive option. Auto Parts stores (Advance Auto Parts, Advance Auto Parts, Pep Boys), some will even help you install if you ask them (and it is not a major effort). Also, some of these parts stores offer Seniors and Veteran Discounts.

Samuel Milan

November 6, 2019

I love the information thank you so much best regards sam

Raymon Cotto

July 21, 2020

Thanks’ in these new cars’ with all the electrical components ‘ I am afraid to touch it. I always worked on my 69 cougar’ 74 Chrysler 5th avenue until parts were hard to find’ or takes a long time to recieve the parts. Changing spark plugs ‘ filters’ alternator and more was easy to change. These new cars’ can drive you nuts. So yes the FIXD will come in handy’ thanks again.


July 27, 2020

Often times an auto repair parts store will tell you the correct product/model number and then assist in the installtiion, if install is simple.

Some Parts stores also offer Senior Discouint and Veteran Discount, not likely to get any discount from a garage or dealer.


August 20, 2020

Wife took in to local trusted car shop cause fall DEQ … was put on machine? And said AIR FILTERS bad …
Parts store- $90-100$ ; need 2
Shop – $400 : Labor
4WD. 3.5L
What ya think ?

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