First, if you’re servicing the safety filter at this change-out, seat it properly into position before installing the primary filter. Insert new filters carefully. Seat the primary filter by hand, making certain it is inserted completely into the air cleaner housing. To complete a tight seal, apply pressure by hand at the outer rim of the filter, not the flexible center.
No cover pressure is required to hold the seal in place and one should NEVER use the service cover to apply pressure. This could damage the housing and fasteners and void the warranty. If the service cover presses against the filter before the cover is fully in place, remove the cover.
With cover off, push the filter farther into the air cleaner by hand and then the cover will go on with no extra force. Once the filter is in place, secure the service cover.