I saw a couple of threads where owners were having trouble getting to and removing the air filter for inspection or replacement. There didn't appear to be a good solution and I'm not certain it ever got resolved. In case it didn't, I wanted to offer this information. I had a basic service performed at a Ford dealer recently and they let me watch/help (for no extra charge
) and the tech checked and removed the air filter in about 2 seconds!
The key seems to be unlatching the 3 latches on the front of the air box, slightly lifting the front of the top and the pushing back about a half inch or so and the top lifts right up for filter removal. I tired it myself and it works like a champ. I have a couple of pictures but can't figure out how to post them.