Today on our 2008 Mercury Mariner we'll be installing the AFE Air Filter, part number AFE31-10065. After opening up the package and confirming everything is correct in there we're ready to go ahead and install it into our vehicle. After the hood is open on this Mariner we'll go ahead and undo the two clasps that hold the air filter lid in place. We can then simply peel it off and bring the air filter out the top. With the old air filter removed, we'll simply take the new AFE air filter and slide it back into position in the box and bring it back down into place. You'll notice that the AFE air filter does come with a "do not discard" sticker.
You want to put this on the air filter box so if somebody was in doing an oil change or something for you they don't inadvertently discard your AFE air filter. We'll simply take a cleaning solution and clean off the air filter box in a suitable location. We'll then peel the sticker off and attach it to the box. Now this air filter is designed to be reused. There are three ways to clean the air filter out.
You can simply tap it clean which will get it 85% clean. If you choose, you can go back with a Shop-Vac and vacuum it out to return it to a 96% clean. To get it 100% clean you'll have to run the filter under running water from the inside out. If it has a coating of grease and road grime on it, it may be necessary to use soap and water to get it cleaned. You'll then simply let it dry and reinstall it.
And there you have it for the AFE Air Filter, part number AFE31-10065 on our 2008 Mercury Mariner. .