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Old 03-21-2013, 07:39 AM   #51
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I haven't replaced mine yet as I only have 15,500 miles on it, but my last car, a Toyota Matrix XR, I went way too long before changing the cabin filter and it got so dirty that it almost stopped the flow of air through the AC.


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Old 05-04-2013, 05:38 PM   #52
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Maybe my dealer and I just have a great relationship, but with my focus and my wife's 2012 Escape, I just leave it in the bag on the floor with my Royal Purple oil and filter and they throw it in for free when they charge me the 10.00 to perform my service.

And I love it when people refer to Fram filters like they are an improvement over OEM. I just laugh and laugh....
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Old 05-11-2013, 12:12 PM   #53
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I took mine out today and replaced it... 10 minute job and did not remove or unplug any pcm parts or disconnect the battery. Here's the secret... There is a small downward facing vent under the glovebox. Undo the bolt and push the vent to the left. Pull the old filter out in an arc through the space where the downwards facing vent was while squeezing the filter as previously noted by others. To install u simply push the filter in through this space while squeezing the end a bit and just feed it in on an arc (like making a left hand turn kinda)... Occasionally aligning and manipulating the top then bottom back and forth until it is all the way in. It is a pain but it does go in in less than 3minutes... Then just slide the vent over 2 inches to the right and tighten the small bolt.... Install the cover and u r done.
These instructions were perfect. the only thing that could have helped more would have been pictures. I had to change my cabin air filter today, so I decided to take a couple pictures of the process Kevin_agar spelled out here.

The third picture is just a new versus old picture to give you an idea how fast those filters can get gunked up, even in the not-terribly polluted area of Central Texas.

http://imgur.com/a/L9KEQ





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Old 05-11-2013, 03:38 PM   #54
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Can't believe how easy this is to do with a heads up!

Thanks guys!
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Old 05-29-2013, 05:07 AM   #55
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I was just at my dealer having the package shelf foam replaced per the relevant TSB. I mentioned to them that the A/C was starting to smell musty. They checked the filter and told me it was "filthy" (although they didn't show it to me). After the replacement the A/C no longer smells.

8600 miles, Central Florida.
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Old 05-29-2013, 06:26 AM   #56
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Cabin air filters make no sense IMO. Because as soon as you open a window, contaminated air gets in your car anyways, so what's the point of them really?
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Old 05-29-2013, 08:51 AM   #57
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Thanks mcrocker, that makes it so easy to understand.....
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Old 05-29-2013, 09:05 AM   #58
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This guy made a video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfNbsYUnMwA

While his method isn't the same as detailed above, it shows the process pretty well.
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Old 05-29-2013, 09:08 AM   #59
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Cabin air filters make no sense IMO. Because as soon as you open a window, contaminated air gets in your car anyways, so what's the point of them really?
By the same thought process, I suppose you would question the point of having filters in your home HVAC system.
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:35 PM   #60
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Well, that was unnecessarily difficult. Didn't take too long once I figured out how to wedge it in there though.

Here's mine, at 44,000 km:

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