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Anyone out there do their own changing of this filter? Difficult or just time consuming?

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Anyone out there do their own changing of this filter? Difficult or just time consuming?

Thanks for sharing your experiences.
Just remove al the screws surrounding the glove compartment and that's it!

I have to replace mines next week btw , almost forget.

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There are like 9 screws around the glove box. Remove them and ...............VERY IMPORTANT: There is a plastic prong on the right side that allows the whole thing to hang up. Pull out straight out on the right side..else you could break something. (08 Forester) Probably take you a half hour the first time, including getting a screwdriver and losing a screw or two.

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re cabin filter

I have done mine every year for the last 4 years. If it is only marginally dirty I just vacuum it out and reinstall. I can't remember the exact cost but it seemed rather expensive. One year after driving dusty roads I did replace it. I don't see a reason to "replace it" if it can be cleaned out. There is a post around here somewhere of an owner who replaced the filter material while keeping the plastic housing. Kinda GREEN if you ask me. Bob L.
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Same here. I've only replaced my cabin filter once. The last time I checked it, it was okay after a quick blow & suck (compressed air & vacuum)... sounds strange, but that was my procedure...:)

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I have done mine every year for the last 4 years.
I change mine every 7,500 miles and it's wasted with no off road driving but my windows are almost always open...

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The last time I checked it, it was okay after a quick blow & suck (compressed air & vacuum)... sounds strange, but that was my procedure...:)

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Acouple pics of the alignment holes and plastic guide pins on right side of glove box.





Two additional things. The filter door requires some manipulation to get it back on. The right side is kinda short of clearance to work the tab on the filter door into the slot. Also when installiong the screws (8 in all) Make sure you take your time and don't force them.

The directions for the filter replacement are in Chapter 4 of the manual and Not in the Maintenance section)

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Thanks to all. I changed both the engine air filter and the cabin air filter in less than 20 minutes. Not a bad job at all.

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super easy to do.
the dealer tried to charge like 30 bux to do it.
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use a good furnace filter to save even more money. Cut to fit the size of the old filter and slide it right in. Get the biggest filter 25x25 (i think) and that will give you 4-6 filters for around $20-25.
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I think even with the vendors discount it was around $35 or so to buy a new filter from Subaru which is pretty ridiculous as mentioned above using a good quality furnace filter and cutting it up works well and is much cheaper.
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Here I go firing up an old thread...Well I play around with the Forester and spend time with it, modding, cleaning, etc. I use this forum a lot to find info, and searched this to take out my cabin air filter. Well I got it out, and it was jam packed with crud, both of large and dust sized items. Anyhow I blew it out with the air compressor and that got it relatively clean, but smelled putrid yet, like a rancid dish rag. I found out the element is highly washable, and I would DEFINITELY recommend it. I just filled up my utility sink with dawn dish soap and forced water through it by pumping the filter up and down through the water. I did this 2x and rinsed it well and have let it air dry and it is a safe deal, and came out stunningly white and clean, and no smell. Just thought I'd share my find.
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