I have a 2001 Subaru Forester I want to replace the cabin air filter in. Not the engine compartment air filter, this I already completed in about 10 minutes.
I looked under the glovebox, located the access panel for the air filter, removed the two small c-clips from the front of the access panel which held it in place and removed the access panel itself (also removed the large removable rubber gasket that was attached to the access panel too).
I looked inside the canister at the cabin filter within and saw the filter is extreamly dirty. Also saw an enourmous amount of pine needles and misc debris inside the canister that are stuck onto the filter too. It's obviuos this cabin air filter is the original and has never been replaced.
From my general observation there appears to be no easy way to get at the cabin air filter to replace it without an extensive amount of disassembly. I have no concerns about tackling this project as I am very mechanicaly savy but I was wondering before I attempt this procedure myself, and in the hopes there may be an easier way, but was wondering if there's a particular set of instructions/procedures or visual how-to aid for doing the actual replacement of the cabin air filter?
Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011 AT 4:51 PM