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Old 10-09-2011, 12:20 AM   #626
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Cost me $80 at dealer! We also had rodents hanging out in our engine compartments until I left dryer sheets around the inner fenders - I guess critters don't like the clean smell.
Actually dryer sheets have one or more ingredients in them that kills rats. A few guys in my profession who used to use dryer sheets got really ill from them until they stopped using them.
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Old 10-09-2011, 09:56 PM   #627
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Old 10-09-2011, 09:57 PM   #628
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Old 10-10-2011, 01:47 PM   #629
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New filter from NAPA. $13.

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Old 10-10-2011, 08:40 PM   #630
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The cabin air filter must be one of the most over looked parts on the whole car,

I can't remember how many customers have come in for regular maintenence and when told we inspected their cabin air filter and it was dirty and requires replacement they have said, "Whats the cabin air filter? What does it do"

After explaining it to them i usually bring it and show them, followed by so yeah this is what incoming air in to the vehicle has to go through. 90% of the time people let you replace it.

Funny how such an important little piece gets missed so easily.
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Old 01-07-2012, 04:41 PM   #631
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Just changed mine out today. 07 WRX


After the screws are out the glovebox comes off if you push straight down.





The door just pulls off.

Old and new.


The money shot.


Really this is as easy as it gets. No excuse not to get this job done. Takes 10 mins or less. Took me 5 with an electric screwdriver. Took longer to get all the crap I had out and back into the glovebox. BTW also I good time to clean out glovebox. I found a unpaid parking ticket in there.
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Old 01-07-2012, 05:26 PM   #632
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I replaced one in my bros 02' wrx a week or two ago and he didnt even have a filter in his.
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Old 01-07-2012, 07:51 PM   #633
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Just changed mine out today. 07 WRX


After the screws are out the glovebox comes off if you push straight down.





The door just pulls off.

Old and new.


The money shot.


Really this is as easy as it gets. No excuse not to get this job done. Takes 10 mins or less. Took me 5 with an electric screwdriver. Took longer to get all the crap I had out and back into the glovebox. BTW also I good time to clean out glovebox. I found a unpaid parking ticket in there.
Pretty much same instructions as in FIRST post:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...22&postcount=1
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Old 01-28-2012, 11:44 AM   #634
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Don't mean to resurrect this post, but I just went and changed my cabin air filter (in 3 degrees f brrrrr). As I was throwing the old one out, I saw arrows on the side indicating air flow.

I don't remember seeing arrows on the new one, and now I don't know if the air filter is installed upsidedown.

Should I leave it or should I check it?
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Old 01-28-2012, 11:24 PM   #635
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Check it. It is same way as HVAC filter. If installed up side down, air flow will stretch it, decreasing performance, and maybe even pulling it into the fan.
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Old 01-29-2012, 12:13 PM   #636
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careful with the little plastic door clips that hold the filter in if is cold, I broke one of mine off when it was just zero degrees. nothing a carefully placed zip tie couldn't fix, though.
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Old 01-29-2012, 08:20 PM   #637
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Thanks for this guide, I got my impreza used and the dealer i got it from refused to change the air filter. This is my first car and i have absolutely no idea what i'm doing, so thanks for the detailed tutorial.
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Old 01-30-2012, 06:08 PM   #638
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Check it. It is same way as HVAC filter. If installed up side down, air flow will stretch it, decreasing performance, and maybe even pulling it into the fan.
So should the arrows be facing up or facing down? air flow pushes from under the filter up correct?
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Old 01-30-2012, 07:20 PM   #639
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So should the arrows be facing up or facing down? air flow pushes from under the filter up correct?
Air flows down so arrows down if 2002-2012 wrx and 2004-2012 sti.
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Old 01-31-2012, 11:52 AM   #640
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K&N cabin filter.



for teh lulz
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Old 01-31-2012, 03:01 PM   #641
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Just ordered mine from aircabinman we'll see how it goes. =)
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Old 02-02-2012, 12:39 AM   #642
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nastyy!!! Rats?
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Old 02-09-2012, 02:17 AM   #643
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Beautiful! thank you for this. I'll be doing this in a few days!
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Old 02-13-2012, 12:31 PM   #644
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Okay, here's one for you: I got information on how to change the cabin air filter on my 2004 Forester (55K miles) from the owner manual - that was a surprise. So, I just dropped the glove box, removed two (vertical oriented) screws and opened the filter door. All I could see was a "blue" think foam sheet at the top of the empty box, right NO FILTER. This is visible without removing the filter door. So, I figure the blue job is the filter and struggle a bit trying to get it out and decide I'd better come here before I break something. Here I see a large filter that must fill the whole space below the blue filter.

I wonder if the couple of times the dealer got my car, one recall and one tire replacement visit, they checked for needed service, pulled this filter and didn't put it back in. I know they gave me a list of need to do, which I am working on: changed the oil in the rear differential yesterday, and will do a dump on the Auto Transmission as soon as I can pick up a gallon of DEXRON III.
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Old 02-13-2012, 01:16 PM   #645
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I am going to check mine as well to see if I even got one when I bought the car!
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Old 02-13-2012, 04:03 PM   #646
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Here's something to watch out for, I didn't. It may already be covered, easier for me to just put-it-down than to look.

The Forester requires the removal of 9, no more, screws. As I was taking them out I check each for a while and decided all are the same length and size sheet metal screws. But on the bottom edge, not an easy pace to look, especially if you are 6'6" and not skinny, there are 4 screws. I removed two of them (may have been the wrong ones, if you get to the same place and the any you remove are bolts, not screws, put them back in. As said, it was uncomforatlbe getting under the box, so I just pulled all 4 screws, not noticing that two of them were bolts, really just the screw with the end blunted off so it doesn't stick through the bottom of the glove box, and hence into the glove box.

I noticed when putting the box back in, but not before driving two sheet metal screws into the glove box, not a big problem other than the extra work. That's when I noticed a bolt in my hand. I took a few trials to figure out were the bolts went, and along the way I saw the screws sticking into the glove box floor, telling me that's were the blunt end/bolts go.

I just stuck a home made filter in for the time being. I also did some tests and learned the blue in color filter is in fact a door that swings to open/close the windshield air flow, defrost.
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Old 02-13-2012, 04:03 PM   #647
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Here's something to watch out for, I didn't. It may already be covered, easier for me to just put-it-down than to look.

The Forester requires the removal of 9, no more, screws. As I was taking them out I check each for a while and decided all are the same length and size sheet metal screws. But on the bottom edge, not an easy pace to look, especially if you are 6'6" and not skinny, there are 4 screws. I removed two of them (may have been the wrong ones, if you get to the same place and the any you remove are bolts, not screws, put them back in. As said, it was uncomforatlbe getting under the box, so I just pulled all 4 screws, not noticing that two of them were bolts, really just the screw with the end blunted off so it doesn't stick through the bottom of the glove box, and hence into the glove box.

I noticed when putting the box back in, but not before driving two sheet metal screws into the glove box, not a big problem other than the extra work. That's when I noticed a bolt in my hand. I took a few trials to figure out were the bolts went, and along the way I saw the screws sticking into the glove box floor, telling me that's were the blunt end/bolts go.

I just stuck a home made filter in for the time being. I also did some tests and learned the blue in color filter is in fact a door that swings to open/close the windshield air flow, defrost.
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Old 02-13-2012, 07:46 PM   #648
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Just did mine. Only 6,000 miles but It had been almost two years. My car does not see many miles. Old one was full of dust and pollen. Nothing that aircabinman could not take care of for $10.02 shipped. Thank you to the people who posted detailed pictures of the install. They really helped me!
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Old 02-13-2012, 08:38 PM   #649
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Is "aircabinman" an after market supplier that makes a filter for Subaru? I'll look on the web to see if I can find a web site. $10 is a great price, I would cost me at least $5 and a hour of work time to make a filter out of a quality furnace (home) filter...which I have considered rather than spend $30.

Edit: I did a search on air cabin man and didn't come up with any sites with that in the address string.
Edit 2: Found: http://www.ebay.com/itm/CABIN-AIR-FI...item2c5e1b74ec
Says Impreza, nothing about a Forester... I'll read further

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Old 02-13-2012, 08:47 PM   #650
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funny story,
was looking through previous owners records and found a dealer charge for a cabin air replacement at 65k. bought the car at 79k. so i decided to check the filter and maybe replace it. there wasnt one. the dealer charged them then just threw the old one away and didnt replace it. f**k dealers. end of story.
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