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Old 03-08-2012, 01:46 PM   #676
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I'm going to change mine today, I have had a new filter for a couple months but changing it looks easier than I thought. I'll add pictures after I'm done.

Car has 104,000 kms or about 65,000 miles. Not sure if it's ever been changed before.

EDIT: So, I go to change the filter and there isn't even one in there! This explains why dust would blow through my vents whenever I drove on dry, dusty logging roads last summer. I bought the car with 86,000 kms so it's been without a cabin air filter for atleast 18,000 kms
Mine didn't have one either........101,000 miles without one haha
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Old 03-08-2012, 02:01 PM   #677
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IIRC the WRX's that shipped to North America '02-'07 did not come with a cabin air filter. Some why have been a dealer installed option as the housing is made to hold a filter.

Only STi came with a filter from the factory.

This may explain why some of you are finding no filter.
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Old 03-08-2012, 04:38 PM   #678
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I started replacing my filter every summer after I found a mouse nest in mine. Couldn't figure out why my car smelled like dead animal and my windows wouldn't defog until I found the nest filled with pure nastiness. Windows NEVER fog up now.
Didn't think to take a picture though...
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Old 03-08-2012, 05:34 PM   #679
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I just attempted to change the cabin air filter on my 09 WRX and it was pretty difficult compared to the older models... IF ANYONE has pictures for the NEWER MODELS PLEASE POST!!!
No pics, but just have to undo hydrolic latch on the right side, then squeeze in the sides of the glove box to release posts to allow box to fully open. Then pull out filter.
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Old 03-09-2012, 08:15 PM   #680
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^Thanks willl try that next time...prolly not till another year or so. I ended up squeezing the filter from behind the glove compartment...wasn't the prettiest way.
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Old 03-09-2012, 08:46 PM   #681
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The procedure is also in your owners manual
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Old 03-13-2012, 11:18 AM   #682
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No pics, but just have to undo hydrolic latch on the right side, then squeeze in the sides of the glove box to release posts to allow box to fully open. Then pull out filter.

Agree with above post on removing the latch on the right side- however instead of squeezing the sides of the glove box I actually pulled the entire glove box out (there are two clips on bottom that you can gently pull off). There is no need to remove screws (which I thought I had to do)
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Old 03-17-2012, 02:55 PM   #683
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I have a friend who uses the furnace filters and cuts them up , he swears by them.

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wow. i heard of people buying the (house) a/c filters and cutting them up and have many to spare in the future
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Old 03-17-2012, 06:59 PM   #684
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*Takes look at my cabin filter* No... mine still looks clean, your filter looked nasty as hell LOL
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Old 03-23-2012, 12:17 AM   #685
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Think it would be a bad idea to put an air freshener directly on top of the cabin filter? Been thinking of doing that when I go to change mine here soon.
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Old 03-29-2012, 02:54 AM   #686
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Replaced mine today. 44,000 miles on a 7 year old car. Funny looking dust pattern...like a butt.

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Old 03-29-2012, 08:46 AM   #687
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Think it would be a bad idea to put an air freshener directly on top of the cabin filter? Been thinking of doing that when I go to change mine here soon.
i wouldn't do that, you need to let air flow freely. some of those car air fresheners are just scented cardboard that will only last a week anyhow. it will server no purpose other than obstructing air flow.
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Old 03-29-2012, 10:21 AM   #688
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Mine had two dead (petrified) mice + their nest and crap in it when I got my car and changed it.... was nasty! Lost the pictures though
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:08 PM   #689
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I'm not sure about Subaru but Toyota has this a/c refresher spray that you can spray onto the cabin filter so it will smell "fresh" inside the car. We mainly use it in our shop for the a/c services, but i take care of my customer's
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Old 03-29-2012, 02:05 PM   #690
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Well- I answered my own question in case anyone else is curious... I took everything out of the glovebox and can see where the filter is located. It does have the extra plastic so it does NOT look like the older style filter will work. I found a vendor on ebay that sells them in a three pack which is cheaper per filter than aircabinman ($29 for a three pack vs $14 for one with aircabinman so its basically buy two get one free).

automotivepartssuperstore is the vendor. If you search CABIN AIR FILTER C36115 or 2009 Subaru cabin air filter you should be able to find it.

I'm glad I found this thread so I can do it myself and save the $ from having someone else do it (aka the dealer).
Thanks, took forever through this thread to find someone with a 08+ ....
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Old 03-29-2012, 03:51 PM   #691
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wow the filter is nasty
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Old 03-29-2012, 07:27 PM   #692
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wow ive never thought of that it make so much sense
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:48 PM   #693
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Replaced the fiance and my filters last weekend and neither was really all of that bad. Unknown mileage on hers, but I don't think the previous owner changed it over the 60kmi he owned it. I washed my OEM filter at ~30k, and now, at 50k, it looks just fine.

I replaced both with Fram carbon-impregnated filters. The HVAC noise has increased on my STI a slight amount (new filter seems much, much thicker,) but the output smells clean.
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:31 AM   #694
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Just did mine yesterday too, have no idea how long its been, but there was plenty of pine-needles, dirt and other crap stuffed in there.

I also managed to slice my finger on the black housing part that sits under the filter's housing when removing the cover for the filter itself. So watch out for that, theres two spots that are pretty damn sharp.
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Old 04-08-2012, 11:53 AM   #695
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Reading this post got me to go and check my filter, well it's an 06, so I was glad to see a filter in there.

Once I pulled it out, I was glad I didn't see any nests, or rodents, but unfortunately the previous owner had dog(s).

The filter was dirtier than it first appeared, all the compressed dog hair held the dirt down nice and packed, needless to say this filter wasn't filtering anything!

I will be heading to homedepot to make my own cause that's just the type I am!!




**UPDATE** just went to Homedepot and bought a furnace filter approximately $25 dollars, took me about 2 hours to finish making 6 filters. Lesson learned is that next time I'm paying about $50 for 5 filters shipped from aircabinman on FleeceBay

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Old 05-02-2012, 07:12 PM   #696
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Just replaced my filter in my '03 Bugeye. Last time I replaced it was April 2010. This filter had ~35,000 miles on it. Not TOO bad.

I went ahead and doused the new one in Febreze Auto before installing. Internal air freshener FTW!



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Old 05-15-2012, 06:29 PM   #697
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Wouldn't putting dryer sheets in there be bad if they got loose?
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Old 05-27-2012, 12:07 PM   #698
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Here is mine out of my '05 WRX



Was replaced by Fram CF10377 Fresh Breeze Carbon. Now it smells better and A/C blows stronger.
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Old 05-31-2012, 02:00 AM   #699
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amazing what the filter captures. thanks for the images and instructions.
very helpful!
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Old 06-01-2012, 04:09 AM   #700
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one more thing to add to my todo list... well written thread, props!
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