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Cabin air filter questions and comments

I had started to swap out my cabin air filter the other day, but the wet weather got to my old bones and my arthritis acted up enough that it was just not any fun bending down at the driver's side to open that little door by the gas pedal and swap out the air filter there. I didn't get it done and I decided to give it a different approach today to see if I could easily swap the thing out if it needed it. I have no clue if it is the original or had been swaped by the previous owner.

My approach today was to climb in the passenger seat and wriggle into a position so I could lay down and get to the driver's side. No luck with this position so I moved the car over to the edge of the drive and went back to kneeling at the driver side door to get at it. Ouch! My old bones don't bend as easily as they used to and the wet weather outside flared up my arthritis once again. However, I did at least get the long, thin, plastic hatch door off and could try the screwdriver blade trick to try to wedge the filter out of it's hidey hole. No luck with that though and there is absolutely no tab to grab onto to get the filter to budge. Why would anyone not put a tab on such is beyond me.

Any rate, it is another task for later, as I now have that door off, but the filter remains in place. Looks like a charcoal filter from what I can see of it. Any rate, are there any other special tricks to removal of the cabin air filter? I have looked at the videos, but that process just has not worked for me, so far. I have a small hook set that I may jam in there and try to latch it if necessary, but I really don't want to make it bulge out and jam in place by any means.

It will have to wait until the wet weather passes us by, as Mr. Author-Itis is no friend of mine at present and I'll have to wait until my bones are a bit more flexible to start this task up again. Thanks for any additional info or tips. I appreciate it.

On a positive note, I did get an aluminum bar cut and fitted to hold that darn piece of carpet covering my engine bay out of the way for any servicing. Works pretty well. I had some bookbinding tape that I patched the areas I had accidentally buggered up with the handle of my hacksaw when removing the black monster that lurked beneath my engine bay cover. That foam piece is pretty bad and rotting away, probably from heat and dryness. I am too cheap to order a complete replacement carpet set though. I also found a metal clothes rack hangar that fits across the back and hooks up to hang shirts and such. Probably don't need it at all, but nice to know it will work if it is needed. If it is stable enough, I may be able to rig my GoPro camera there with a special mount I have for it, but I somehow think it is not going to be that stable and will swing too easy with the weight of the camera and mount.
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Open the door, pull out the filter - works every time.

PS - there is a hook on the engine cover carpet that will keep it up.
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No, I spent enough time in trying to remove the filter earlier today, so it simply does not pull right out for me as easy as it does for you. I'll try some small, thin forceps to grab it by the edge tomorrow. I'll add a tape tab piece for easier removal when I install a new cabin filter.
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They have always slid right out for me maybe someone got a little forceful and jammed it in ,bowing it a bit. you might have to get a little forceful to remove it. Or maybe it has never been changed and the air pressure bowed the center out. the forceps sounds like it might work.
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Maybe somebody jammed an incorrect (oversized) filter into the box. I've changed a bunch of them and never had one that didn't slide right out.
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My forceps worked great to nab the culprit for removal. Pretty dirty, but does not show as bad in photos as it actually appears in person. No problem to add a tape tab in any further replacement though. My old filter in my critter sure was a thick one though.

Have to go see about obtaining a new filter. I am assuming that the point of the arrow showing on the cartridge is towards the rear of the car when the new filter is properly inserted?

Glad this task is near done and is not a weekly task, too.

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You can pick up a Fram filter at Wal mart for quite a bit less than the dealership. They are a touch thinner but still have the carbon impregnated element, works great. I usually wait until the planting and field work is done before I replace mine. I drive by a lot of farmland.

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I went to Wally World first, but nothing in stock at any of the 4 stores in my area. AutoZone had none either, so I ordered one at Advance Auto Parts and it was the last one in stock from their Lawton, OK store. It will arrive tomorrow.

What is the Fram part #, please?
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Thanks for the p/n.

I have to go to Wally World later today and I'll check to see if they now have any in stock there. Never hurts to have a spare, I suppose.
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