Do it yourself, change the air filter on your Dodge Durango. This replacement should be similar on any Durango made from 1998 to 2003 and on some Dakotas and Ram trucks as well. Servicing this filter is a simple task, no tools required, just a new and compatible air filter.
On this car model, the air filter is located inside an air box, on the left, passenger’s side of the engine, as you can see in the next image.
You can start the process of replacing the air filter by opening the hood of the car. You won’t need tools to do it, because the lid of the air box that contains the filter is secured by four metal clips, that can be removed by hand (see picture below). If you find it difficult to work on them, you could use a pair of pliers or a screwdriver.
After you do it, you should be able to lift the lid and move it aside, to get full access to the filter (see next image). Remove the old air filter, clean the air box for dirt and debris and install the replacement. Make sure the gaskets are in place and that the lid seals the filter and you should be ready to go.
Why is necessary to replace the air filter? Consider changing the air filter at regular intervals because a good airflow into the engine is a requisite for its proper operation. Your car’s engine works also like an air pump, sucks a lot of air to run properly and that air must be clean. When air is pumped into the engine efficiently, your car performs better and gets better fuel mileage.