The air cleaner case is prone to cracking. This can make it difficult to remove the screws securing the cover, making it difficult to replace the air filter. Replacing the case is often necessary to address this issue.Google+
Car Problem Reports
Honda Civic The Air Cleaner Housing May Crack
Honda Civic Problem
Engine Affected: 1.7L 4 Cylinder
Average Mileage: 131,200 mi (46,000 mi - 200,000 mi)
Visitor, 2002 Honda Civic, 1.7L 4 Cylinder, 46,000 mi
Noticed broken at fwd middle fastener when starting to change filter.
Visitor, 2002 Honda Civic, 1.7L 4 Cylinder, 185,000 mi
Plastic cracked around screws.
Visitor, 2002 Honda Civic, 1.7L 4 Cylinder, 100,000 mi
As described, cover impossible to take off to change filter, bottom and top cracked at screw areas. replace with new set