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View Poll Results: Are you aware that your US Focus comes with an air filtration system for cabin air?
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Old 02-20-2004, 03:29 PM   #11
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I just checked Murrays Automotive and Advanced Auto Parts... the Purolator is $11.99(1 day order) and the Fram is $19.99(stocked)... is there a difference other than price?
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Old 02-20-2004, 04:10 PM   #12
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Not really, the Purolator is a pretty well known filter and that's what I have in mine right now. Don't know what shape it's in and how well it lasted, but will in less than 3k. Advanced Auto Parts is where I got mine. From what I heard, and this is just hearsay, the quality of Fram products aren't as good as they used to be. Especially the oil filters. Also, I don't blame Ford for not putting them in there from the factory. You can't blame them for wanting to cut cost. Sure it's a fairly inexpensive item, but as many as they would have to dish out, the cost would add up in no time. A few bucks every so often for piece of mind that your getting clean air is worth it to me.
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Old 02-20-2004, 04:21 PM   #13
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Ditto. I have no problem going out and getting the air filter... it would have been nice to know sooner that it wasn't in there.
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Old 02-20-2004, 04:29 PM   #14
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Yes, I agree on that note. Guess you have to be really into cars and do your research to find out lil secrets like this. As I mentioned, if it wasn't for my bro, I wouldn't have known. He's kind enough to do research on my car, mainly just cause he's a car guy and like's to know everything there is to know.
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Old 02-20-2004, 08:49 PM   #15
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thanks for the info and how-to guys. i never knew....

i will be putting mine in on my day off on monday.
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Old 02-20-2004, 09:28 PM   #16
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I found it in the manual. It mentions it in the maintenance section but indirectly. It says to change it "If equipped" like it was an option. I found out where it was due to forums like this.
By the way, I had my mother try to get one put in when she had her Focus in for service at the dealer.

They told her it wasn't equipped with a cabin air filter!!!
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Old 02-21-2004, 10:45 AM   #17
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just a note for anyone who is planning on doing this:

be sure to reseal the cowl with silicone or something similar or you will get water leaks in the passenger side interior. there is alreade some sealant between the cowl and the windshield, but when you lift it up to put the filter in, it will most likely come off. if you're very carefull, maybe it wont.
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Old 02-21-2004, 02:13 PM   #18
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just a note for anyone who is planning on doing this:

be sure to reseal the cowl with silicone or something similar or you will get water leaks in the passenger side interior. there is alreade some sealant between the cowl and the windshield, but when you lift it up to put the filter in, it will most likely come off. if you're very carefull, maybe it wont.
You are 100% right, you will ruin the seal when you remove the cowl. Make sure you get something very strong to form a new seal.
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Old 02-21-2004, 04:41 PM   #19
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oh great... leaks to look forward to. Wish I read that before I put one in today. Broke one of the tabs too. This is one crapy design. not worth the effort to put one in that is for sure. Now I get to look forward to leaks.
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Old 02-21-2004, 04:48 PM   #20
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oh great... leaks to look forward to. Wish I read that before I put one in today. Broke one of the tabs too. This is one crapy design. not worth the effort to put one in that is for sure. Now I get to look forward to leaks.
Hey, vanace , since I live in the rainy NW as well, help a brother out. What did you learn not to do?
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