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Old 02-21-2004, 05:01 PM   #21
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This was simple... just be Careful. It took me all of 5 mintues. Plus it's totally worth it to get rid of all the dust. This is a must do!

What type of seal is good?
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Old 02-21-2004, 07:31 PM   #22
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I learned I never should have put one in. The design aparently leads to leaks unless very lucky.. although i don't see how. i am sure there is a low spot in the plenum with a drain to prevent cabin leaks. you can see the blower fan when the cowl cover is off. The tabs that hold the cowl on are very fragile. the cowl piece you lift up to put the filter in goes under the cowl piece on the drivers side making it more difficult to take off and put back on. I don't get into that much dust, so it really wasn't worth the worry I have now.
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Old 02-22-2004, 01:41 AM   #23
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"NOTE: Ensure that the air cowl grille gasket for the windscreen is seated correctly. A new gasket for the air cowl grille must be installed. For additional information, refer to Section 501-02 ."

This is the last step in the Ford service manual DVD for installing the "Pollen" filter.

Section 501-02 has a terrible low-rez picture of the cowl and says to "Install a butyl strip (L = 750 mm) on to the cowl panel grille."

It is very possible that Ford left the filter out and plays it down for fear of inexperienced people putting the cowl back in wrong and causing leaks.

None of the websites that posted this mod warned of the potential for leaks either.


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Old 02-22-2004, 05:15 PM   #24
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Just wanted to know what you guys & girls did with the eggcrate style plastic retainer?
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Now it doesn't sound like it's worth the trouble to do it. I'll pass.
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Old 02-22-2004, 07:29 PM   #26
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Just wanted to know what you guys & girls did with the eggcrate style plastic retainer?
i have a box in my closet with all of my stock parts i took out. better to keep them just in case....
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Yeah, we've got a box in the closet too. Might come in handy for something.
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You dont have to take the cowl off to put the filter in. You can just undo the front tabs and lift it slightly. The plastic cover slid right out and the filter dropped in. Didnt disturb the seal at all...

I found this particular tip on http://www.jwardell.com/focus/pollenfilter.html
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I have installed quite a few and never had a problem.
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an update after a week.. it has been raining hard here at times, and no leaks. I am releived. The web sight you posted with the pictures of how to williamk, is for a 2000 model. I think the 2003 is quite different. There are no "clips" on the windshield side. It is a channel that a rib fits into on the cowl panel. Also there is a sort of deflector or tray molded into the cowl panel to direct the water away. Aparently they have made several changes, as the dealer needed to know my exact build date for my 2003 so he could look up the right part. He didn't ask out of the blue either, his screen asked him the build date. $50 from this dealer for the panel. Still pisses me off that it is so cheap and the clip broke so easy.
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