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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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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. :laugh:

http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g162/a1930ford/2010%20Passion%20Smart%20Car%20Coupe/003_zpsziji3oeb.jpg
 

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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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Picked up the spare Fram filter today, but immediately noticed that is is about half the thickness of the cabin air filter I took out of my Smartie. The one removed was printed on the side, but the writing is difficult to see clearly. Looks like Mann filter, CUK 2132. (like say, it is difficult to read the lettering now).

I'll still attach a tape tab for easier removal, but will also check out the filter I have at Advance to see what it looks like before deciding which to use first.

After this, all my routine maintenance is done for a bit, so I can then relax and just think about how to use my 36 minutes of wasted time left this year from worrying over my key taking so long to work on the car when I turn it on. >:D
 

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Here's a pretty good video:

It's not as simple opening the housing door as I portrayed it; the two tabs have to be squeezed in before the door pops open. And your idea of adding a tab to the filter is an easy way of avoiding having to fish the filter out with a screwdriver or similar tool. :)
 

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For what it's worth, I had a heck of a time replacing mine as well. Not the actual replacement, but wiggling myself into position, opening and re-securing that little door gave me a headache. In my case, I learned that a properly positioned light source would've been a great help ... not being able to see what I was doing made it a lot harder. Properly lighted, I think my next one will be a lot easier. I'm no spring chicken either. And my eyesight ain't what it used to be.
 

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I can relate, as my door still sits on the passenger seat at present. It awaits my body to once again contort to attempt to reinstall it. I need to pick up one of those headlight bands with the led light on them so I can see, as you mention. The original problem was that the cabin air filter I was trying to remove was about twice the thickness of the replacement one I installed. I put a tab on it and that should make it all the easier to remove and replace the next time around, for sure. Try as I may, my arms do not stretch out well enough to make putting that darn door back into place. My knees don't tke kindly to the driveway cement, either. I need to finish this task and be done with it though. Maybe a few jumping jacks and some knee bend stretchess may be in order before I attempt it though. That and increasing my life insurance policy.
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I am old and have bad knees and a bad back. Just your typical old age maladies. Whenever I need to do kneeling work on my smart (installing the GoPedal for example), I borrow my dog's 4 inch thick foam bed and kneel on that in the garage. I also have small clip on lights that really brighten up the work area. They easily clip on to most any part under the dash and have worked for me really well for a while now.
 

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When I am changing my cabin filter or doing some under dash work, I simply drive the vehicle up on a set of ramps, which makes access easier to the under dash area. Using an LED headlight or visor light is also a good idea.
 

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Thanks for the tips. My neighbors are starting up a petition to make me stop showing my "plumber's butt" as I bend over to work on my Smartie the next time. They forget that I am old and my First Alert button won't respond to me yelling, "Help, I've fallen and I cant get up.....and by the way, how do you put this damn plastic door back in the cabin air filter slot of my Smart Car?" >:D
 

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I got my Smartie backed up onto my metal ramps to do that trailer hitch thing today, but din't try to put the door back onto the cabing air filter just yet. I have on a pair of knee pads and that sure makes it much easier on my knees. Ran out of steam, as I didn't sleep last night, so I'll take a quick cat nap and try to do more on both projects later today. Those bolts are locked into place pretty well, so I have to find my breaker bar and see if I can get some oomph in removing them all. I have a good light to see with, but it had not been charged up and I had misplaced he charger for it. Got my serpentine belt protector off and basically ready to start removing bolts for the hitch installation. Got to watch the video one more time before I get ahead of myself.

I sure wish we were not on water restrictions here, as the bottom area of the car is sure dusty and dirty. I'd really love to hit it with a hose to remove a lot of the crap there. Can't do it though, as the water restrictions are tough down here.


The end of the album has the most recent photos of the car having the hitch put on. Hope this loads okay.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/a1930ford/sets/72157651433560220/
 
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