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Old 05-02-2004, 02:09 AM   #1
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Default don't wait 60,000 miles to change your cabin air filter

between lazyness, autocross, and other mods, i never got around to it until it was too late. from the beginning my wrx emitted various different smells from each selection on the hvac control panel. lately the smells had somehow become slightly more offensive:


there were more screws than i expected to get the glovebox off, but overall it wasnt a very hard task to accomplish.

i would burn it, but that would release to many toxins into the already polluted suburban chicago air. instead i will hang this on my famously infamous 'wall of shame' in my garage.
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Old 05-02-2004, 02:47 AM   #2
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You're not supposed to wait until 60k for the cabin filter. I think it's supposed to be changed every 12-15K.

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Old 05-02-2004, 07:51 AM   #3
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Old 05-02-2004, 10:35 AM   #4
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I must stress, but I must, and I will use caplocks.

NEVER LET A DEALER CHANGE YOUR CABIN FILTER.

There, I said it.

Dealer will charge you labor + cost of filter. $130 DOLLARS.
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Old 05-02-2004, 10:57 AM   #5
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Default Re: don't wait 60,000 miles to change your cabin air filter

I agree, mine looked just like that. I waited until 85k before I changed it. It wasn't smelly or emitting smells. It was reducing airflow to the cabin when the selector was in the fresh air position. I won't wait that long next time.

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between lazyness, autocross, and other mods, i never got around to it until it was too late. from the beginning my wrx emitted various different smells from each selection on the hvac control panel. lately the smells had somehow become slightly more offensive:


there were more screws than i expected to get the glovebox off, but overall it wasnt a very hard task to accomplish.

i would burn it, but that would release to many toxins into the already polluted suburban chicago air. instead i will hang this on my famously infamous 'wall of shame' in my garage.
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Old 05-03-2004, 04:26 AM   #6
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does a MY99 RS have this filter? i dont think my car came with the air filtration option. but what would i look for if i had this?

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Old 05-03-2004, 11:22 AM   #7
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does a MY99 RS have this filter? i dont think my car came with the air filtration option. but what would i look for if i had this?
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On CG8's the cabin filter is located under the dash directly below the glovebox. One phillips head screw and you can take off the cover. It's long, vertical and narrow.

The one in the picture actually does not look that horrible. Mine look about the same after 10k-12k. I think they should be renewed annually.
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Old 05-03-2004, 01:33 PM   #8
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I just replaced mine this weekend as well. It's suppose to be replaced either 12 months or 7500 miles, whichever comes first. I was going to stick to 12 months, but put it off a little longer. If I was to go by miles, I'd be on my 5th one.

The instructions say there are 7 screws, but I took off 9. Also, there was wiring blocking the filter door, so removal and installation was a bit tricky.
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Old 05-04-2004, 09:18 PM   #9
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You're not supposed to wait until 60k for the cabin filter.

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thanks for the hint mr. goodwrench!

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Also, there was wiring blocking the filter door, so removal and installation was a bit tricky.
i found it easier if you disconnect the mini-harness that holds that wire up.
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Old 05-04-2004, 09:22 PM   #10
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Check this thread for how to make your own-
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...hreadid=476514
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Old 05-05-2004, 07:55 PM   #11
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i found it easier if you disconnect the mini-harness that holds that wire up.
Which end did you disconnect? I fiddled with end that went to the glove box, but I'm no electrician. I wasn't sure how to pull it out without damaging it, so I left it.
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Old 05-05-2004, 10:07 PM   #12
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The connector on the glovebox has a tab that can be released with a small screwdriver to separate it, but it is a PITA.
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Old 05-05-2004, 11:17 PM   #13
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thanks for the hint mr. goodwrench!
No problem. . here to serve.

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Old 05-06-2004, 03:02 PM   #14
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Awesome! I had this idea after finding out I didn't have the "filter system" with the car when I bought it in 2001.

I just never thought about it again.. glad to see more geniuses at work.
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Old 05-06-2004, 08:18 PM   #15
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Hmm, at 132k now, I think I'll check and see if I have one
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Old 05-06-2004, 11:16 PM   #16
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I just changed mine out this past weekend. I used a 3M Filtrete 1250 from Home Depot. Since all the sizes were the same price, I got the biggest one they had, 24X30. That's big enough to make 12 filters! So for $15 you can make 12 high quality filters, or you can pay $30 for one from the dealer. It seems kind of silly really.

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Old 05-06-2004, 11:23 PM   #17
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Good move, but you won't make 12 filters from that one. The OE filter is about 7" x 8", so a 24 x 30 might yield 3 if you cut them out carefully. Still quite cost-effective vs. buying them at the dealer.
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24/8=3
30/7=4.286
3*4.286=12.9

But you're right, I will have to cut carefully.

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Old 05-20-2004, 03:14 PM   #19
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Good move, but you won't make 12 filters from that one. The OE filter is about 7" x 8", so a 24 x 30 might yield 3 if you cut them out carefully. Still quite cost-effective vs. buying them at the dealer.
I have the exact same filter but 20 x 30, and I made 6 of em, so you should be able to make at least that much

two across and three down.

2 * 7 = 14 outta 20
3 * 8 = 24 outa 30

if you went the other way around with yours you should be able to get 9
three across
3 * 8 = 24 outta 24
3 * 7 = 21 outta 30 (they are a about 7 3/8 or so, so trying to cram 4 rows in would be pushin it.)
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Old 05-22-2004, 04:53 AM   #20
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Wow that filter is black!

I also plan on picking up something from Home Depot and cutting it to fit.

Any tips?

Do I just cut it with regular scissors?


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Old 06-05-2004, 02:49 PM   #21
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Can someone make a quick install guide and how to cut the filter properly... I dont have a filter (never had that option) so i dont know which way to put it in or how..



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