Airaid CAD Cold Air Intake System Installation - 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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How to Install the Airaid CAD Cold Air Intake System on a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee


Today on this 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee, we're going to install part number AR311-212. This is Airaid CAD Intake System with SynthaMax Filter. First thing we need to do, open up the hood and get to the engine compartment. When you remove the engine cover, this whole assembly simply just pops up. Just pull up from the bottom and gently pull up and it will pop loose. Next, we need to loosen the hose clamp on the air box side of the intake tube. Let's undo the clamp.

We'll also disconnect the smaller crank crease realigned from the air box lid as well. Now, there's a hose that's just behind the air box going towards the fire wall. We'll go ahead and loosen up the anchor for that. Next, we'll go ahead and remover the upper half of the air box or the lid. Now we need to separate the hood seal from the cleat on the air box inlet.

We'll pull up a little bit to give us some working room, then rock it back and forth until we can remove it. There's one in the center and one in each side that will make things easier to work with and then, the factory air filter. Now we'll go ahead and unseat the lower half of the factory air box from the rubber grommets in the bottom. Those are a tight fit and we found out by spraying it down with some silicon lubricant, this made removal a lot easier. Once that air box is loosened up, we'll go ahead and completely pull it out along with the air inlet duct as a whole entire assembly. Now we can go ahead and put our new Airiad air box together. We'll go ahead and fit the front rear panels together.

Then, we'll go ahead and join the two panels together using self tapping screws. Now, on the bottom, there are two rubber bumpers we have to install. There's a small one that comes with the kit and we'll go ahead and put that in the smaller of the two holes. Again, we'll spray some lubricant on it and use some needle nose pliers to help pull through. On the larger hole, we're going to use one of the grommets from the factory air box. We'll go ahead and remove it from the factory air box and transfer it to our new one. Next, we have to take apart the factory air inlet from the original air box and put it onto our new air box.

There's a little catch in the middle that you reach down and get started and also on the inside of the air box, there's a catch you have to squeeze in. Then we can go ahead and remove it. Then basically we snap it onto our new box. Now there's a nine bracket we have to install onto our new box. Outside edge of the box can be held in place by two button head screws along with two flat washers and two flange nuts; tighten those down for good. Next we need to remove a bolt that secures the power steering reservoir. Go ahead and remove for now and loosen up the reservoir. Now we'll take our new air box assembly and put it into place. Now, depending on how much room you have to work with, you may have to push back the factory air tube a little bit. There's a pin that goes to rubber grommet. You can pull up on that and pull the air box to you, away a little bit to give you more extra room to work with. Then we'll go ahead and tighten it down from there. Now we'll put our new air box into place and we'll make sure the grommet at the bottom seats in. We'll stack the power steering reservoir on top of the bracket and then reinstall the original bolt and then we'll go ahead and tighten it down from there. Now we need to go ahead and install a crank case breather tube. We're going to have to remove the original straight one. Once we have the old one off, we'll go ahead and put the new angle tube in there and then slide it onto the new intake. Then we take the other half and slide it on the tube that's on our new air box. All right. Now we'll go ahead and install a weather strip on the top edge of our air box. Once again, we put a little bit of lubricant on the inside edge to help push it into place. Then we'll go ahead and install the new air filter, itself. We'll just push it on and then tighten down the clamp. Lastly, the plastic anchor that was in front of the air box originally, we'll go ahead and push that anchor back into your new air box with the provided hole. It simply pushed into place. Now is a good time to go ahead and double check to make sure everything is tightened down. Now finished for part number AR311-212. This is Airaid CAD Intake System with SynthaMax Filter on our 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee. .


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