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BMW X2 Air Filter Replacement – X1,X2,MINI (Gen. 3) – B46 4 cyl. Turbo

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Repair Summary
This article covers replacing the engine air filter in a BMW F39 X2 vehicle with the B46 turbocharged 4 cylinder engine. Even though we used a 2018 X2 to perform this repair, this article can be applied to any 2014+ X1, X2 or MINI (including the Clubman and Countryman) vehicle with minor modifications.

A BMW X2 air filter replacement takes less than 15 minutes and can save you an expensive trip to the dealership.

One of the easiest maintenance items you can perform on your BMW X2 SAV is replacing the engine's air filter. But don't underestimate the importance of this simple service procedure; your BMW X2 air filter plays a very important part in the longevity and performance of your X2's engine. It plays a pivotal role in the health of your engine by filtering out dirt, sand and other air borne contaminates that can become trapped inside the motor causing damage to many of its internal parts. Performing a BMW X2 air filter replacement on a regular basis is as important as changing your engine oil...not doing so can severely shorten the lifespan of your engine.
According to the BMW X2 owner's manual, the air filter should be changed every 5th oil change or approximately 50,000 miles. The BMW Repair Guide disagrees with the BMW factory recommendation...we strongly suggest that all X2 owners change their engine air filter every 10,000 miles or once a year (whichever occurs first). If you drive for an extended period of time in highly contaminated conditions (dirt roads, road construction, etc.) you will need to perform a BMW X2 air filter replacement even more frequently.
Replacing the air filter on your X2 costs less than $20 and can be done in 15 minutes by even the most novice of home mechanics. Save yourself an expensive trip to the dealership by doing your own BMW X2 air filter replacement. We provide you with a list of high-quality replacement air filters below that can be delivered to your door in just a couple of days.
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Before starting this repair, you must have the following required parts.
All BMW 2014+ X1,X2 and MINI vehicles
The air filter removes soot, carbon, abrasives and other contaminants from the air before the air mixes with fuel in the engine induction system. Like oil filters, air filters can be easily overlooked. They often don't get replaced until they are absolutely clogged with dirt and soot and this simply isn’t good for your vehicle.
All BMW 2014+ X1,X2 and MINI vehicles
The air filter removes soot, carbon, abrasives and other contaminants from the air before the air mixes with fuel in the engine induction system. Like oil filters, air filters can be easily overlooked. They often don't get replaced until they are absolutely clogged with dirt and soot and this simply isn�t good for your vehicle.
All BMW 2014+ X1,X2 and MINI vehicles
Constructed with 100% polyurethane on all four sides, "oil free" OE replacement performance filter will outflow the stock filter by up to 17% for improved horsepower and torque. The PRO DRY S air filter uses three layers of progressively finer mesh cotton gauze media to provide maximum airflow for best performance results. Washable and reusable for multiple cleaning cycles, the tall, open, evenly spaced pleats provide excellent dust holding capacity for a longer service cycle between cleanings. An integrated urethane bump seal insures tight, no leak seal over the life of the filter.
Repair Steps
Section 1 - BMW X2 Air Filter Replacement
  1. Open the hood and locate the air filter's housing, also known as the intake muffler, on the left side of the engine.bmw x2 air filter replacement - The <a href='https://www.bmwusa.com/vehicles/x-models/x2/sports-activity-coupe/overview.html'>BMW X2</a> air filter housing (intake muffler)
  2. The air filter is located inside the intake muffler. To access the filter you will need to remove the three T30 torx screws securing its cover.bmw x2 air filter replacement - The intake muffler
  3. Start by removing the wiring harness from the right side of the intake muffler. It is simply held in place by a rubber mount that clips to the side of the intake muffler.bmw x2 air filter replacement - Remove the wiring harness from the side of the intake muffler
  4. Use a T30 torx bit to remove the three screws anchoring the cover.bmw x2 air filter replacement - Remove the three torx screws anchoring the cover Remove the T30 torx screws bmw x2 air filter replacement - T30 torx screws anchoring the cover
  5. Lift the cover up and pull the air filter out of the intake muffler.bmw x2 air filter replacement - Lift the cover of the intake muffler bmw x2 air filter replacement - Grasp the air filter and remove it
  6. Vacuum out the bottom of the intake muffler to remove any dirt, sand and/or leaves that may be present.Vacuum out the bottom of the intake muffler
  7. Reinstall a fresh air filter following the above steps in reverse.
BMW FX2 Air Filter Replacement Finished
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