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Where's the Cabin Air Filter?


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#41 OFFLINE   stevedebi

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Posted 23 April 2015 - 11:49 AM

I will probably replace my filter at the first oil change; for the Energi that is 20K miles or so.


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#42 OFFLINE   rjam

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Posted 24 April 2015 - 10:30 PM

Really not that hard to do. The video is worth the few minutes to watch and learn. Got mine at the dealer for $20. Checking the engine air filter is really a giant pain!

#43 OFFLINE   timwil56

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Posted 25 April 2015 - 03:02 PM

I changed mine this morning. Thanks to the pics posted by ArizonaEnergi, the job was easy and took about 10 minutes. Not the easiest install and I guess I just have to believe the filter straightened itself out once I got it in. After 13 months, the filter was gray and a little darker in spots and probably could have gone another 6-8 months, but it's a relatively cheap replacement to ensure clean air.


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#44 OFFLINE   Noah Harbinger

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Posted 20 June 2015 - 06:50 PM

Finally replaced mine. Before and after, after 22k miles. 

 

You do have to contort it to get it in... but you can tell from how the old one bounces-back that the new one will spring back into place after you shove it in. 

 

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Edit: I notice that the dust pattern is the same on ArizonaEnergi's and mine. 


Edited by Noah Harbinger, 20 June 2015 - 06:52 PM.


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Posted 20 June 2015 - 08:31 PM

Maxus has 41,100+ miles and still the factory installed filter.  Do I win the mileage award for longest used filter?



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Posted 21 June 2015 - 08:56 PM

Hardly, we're past 68k with the original (IIRC!).  Don't know what it looks like - can't see it!  Changed the engine filter awhile back and it was so clean even the dealer said I should put it back in!  Of course for the cabin I mostly use "Recirc" - there's not much air outside of The Enterprise!



#47 OFFLINE   Noah Harbinger

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Posted 22 June 2015 - 12:38 AM

Hardly, we're past 68k with the original (IIRC!).  Don't know what it looks like - can't see it!  Changed the engine filter awhile back and it was so clean even the dealer said I should put it back in!  Of course for the cabin I mostly use "Recirc" - there's not much air outside of The Enterprise!

 

I'd imagine that makes a big difference. I almost always leave the fan on at about half-speed (in retrospect I wish I'd gotten a fully manual HVAC...) set to outside air. 



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Posted 22 June 2015 - 08:34 AM

When I was at Ford last week I asked how much parts and labor was and was told it was $90 dollars.

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Posted 28 June 2015 - 11:21 AM

When I was at Ford last week I asked how much parts and labor was and was told it was $90 dollars.

 

It's personal preference whether that's worth it to you. The first time took me 25 minutes, the Motorcraft filter is $15 at Amazon:

 

http://www.amazon.co...r/dp/B008PJDOSS

 

It comes with same-day delivery for me in San Diego on Prime.



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Posted 28 June 2015 - 06:02 PM

$5.40 on ebay! http://www.ebay.com/...6e0d087&vxp=mtr



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Posted 29 June 2015 - 07:40 AM

 

 

You do realize that is just for the COVER and NOT for a cabin air filter, right?

 

http://www.ebay.com/...t-/201228776294



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Posted 26 August 2015 - 08:07 AM

Just adding a big thank you to Plus 3 golfer.  Followed his instructions and did this task in about ten minutes.  

 

Especially helpful since the instructions that came with the filter were for a completely different vehicle and told me to go in through the engine compartment!

 

Thanks for taking the time to post.



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Posted 30 August 2015 - 05:02 PM

just checked mine, since i just bought the car this past week used with 20K, YEP, it's needs changed. it was pretty dark looking when I pulled it our a little from the holder.

 

I found one on Ebay for $15 including shipping. RockAuto has the Ford/Motorcraft for around $12. not sure on shipping.
 



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Posted 02 November 2015 - 12:29 PM

I changed the cabin filter today at 22 months and 11,000 miles and glad I did as you can see....
Here's a comparison and no, that's not a charcoal filter!
attachicon.gifCabin Filter 8.JPG

Here it is with the sun behind it.
attachicon.gifCabin Filter 9.JPG

 

Hardly, we're past 68k with the original (IIRC!).  ...

I finally got a look at mine this weekend, after 40K. I don't plan on buying a replacement, and it will be at least another 40K before I look again.

 

Here's why. This is what most folks react to, surface crud. Big stuff that will never pass the filter. I ignore this, you can clean it off if you'd like. I didn't

Attached File  CAF pleat debris sm.jpg   72.46KB   2 downloads

 

Because this is the image that tells you something about the filter's state. As Arizona saw, these filters are barely used. New filters won't let much more light through than these are, indicating they still have the majority of their filtration capacity remaining unused.

Attached File  CAF Backlight sm.jpg   58.99KB   2 downloads

 

For reference, this is the filter from our vacuum cleaner. I banged off the surface dirt, to reveal that even this worst-case usage doesn't kill a filter. Red Devil suggests replacing the filter annually, but cleaning it after every use.

Attached File  Red Devil Filter sm.jpg   54.17KB   2 downloads

 

At some point, I may do the same test with the engine air filter, but I doubt I'll change it, either. There is value to inspection, as a moist filter, or one with mildew would indicate a real service issue. In the absence of an issue, I can't see disposing of a good filter, especially since its filtration efficiency is better than a new one!

 

HAve fun,

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Posted 29 December 2015 - 09:42 AM

Hi!

 

 

Another vid on cabin filter

 

 

http://www.carcareki...ter_cabin/check

 

 

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#56 OFFLINE   Jus-A-CMax

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Posted 01 January 2016 - 03:15 PM

Mine was disgusting, 57K. Think I will change this much earlier.

 

Great vids & info everyone, thanks. It was a breeze to change, < 5 mins.

 

Topic has been pinned :)



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Posted 09 April 2016 - 05:35 PM

Found the cabin air filter while under there messing with the fuses. It's the same setup as the Focus. Here's a (ridiculously long winded) video:

 

And here's the filter on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.co...0?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

I just followed this - and it worked well. I tried to just skim through and this delayed my work, because I was trying to put the cover on backwards. Returning to the video after I finished, I realize it is worthwhile to watch the whole thing, even if you feel confident. As the man says there is a designer who deserves a "Pain in the Butt" award for the location of this filter. It was physically difficult.

 

Mine was disgusting, 57K. Think I will change this much earlier.

 

Great vids & info everyone, thanks. It was a breeze to change, < 5 mins.

 

Topic has been pinned  :)

 

I bought used but don't believe mine was ever changed. Now at 36k the filter was quite black, and leaves and pollen were stuck in there. In my Toyota the filter was never this dirty. My cabin air should be cleaner now. I think every 20k should be about right.



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Posted 18 April 2016 - 07:53 AM

There's also a washable cabin air filter on our site, that can be cleaned and reused. It's made by K&N, the price is higher, but on the ther hand you don't have to buy a new one every time it gets dirty

Edited by CARiD, 21 April 2016 - 04:12 AM.


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Posted 18 September 2016 - 10:59 AM

Second time through is much easier, popped in and out in 5 minutes. I do want to note for any first-timers that a T-20 Torx bit fits better than the T-15 he recommends!



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Posted 13 February 2017 - 02:56 PM

I just did mine.  I  live in a colder climate and noticed that the windows were not clearing as fast, the cabin wouldn't warm up very fast and the windows would fog really easily if you tried to breathe.  It wasn't like this when I first got the car.  After reading the forums, it dawned on me that there is a cabin filter.

 

I have prepaid maintenance so I assumed the dealer had been changing it.  I seem to forget the dealer I used to go to is pretty sketchy.  Thankfully I don't go to them anymore.  So rather than wait for my next maintenance cycle, I decided to replace the filter right away.  We will have more cold weather, winter is far from over in Canada, so more airflow and faster cabin heating times are important.  I have just shy of 60,000 km and the filter was filthy.  Shoehorned the new one in there.  T15 bit fit perfectly.

 

Immediately I could feel more air coming out of the vents.  I'm amazed at how much that dirty filter was restricting airflow.  I think I'll make this a yearly routine right before the cold temps hit.  And I hope that the 2nd time around I won't have any bruised knuckles.

 

Anyone know the best place to pick up an air filter?  In Canada, it's $40 for a Motorcraft filter from the dealer, $48 for a Napa gold filter from Napa and $33 for a Fram filter from Canadian Tire.  The Fram filter doesn't fit very well and I won't purchase it next time.








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