DIY 2009 Forester Cabin Filter Replacement - Subaru Forester Owners Forum
User Tag List

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
post #1 of 76 (permalink) Old 09-03-2009, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
Fast & Dirty
 
SubieOutlaw's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: North Shore
Posts: 4,052
Car Year: 2009
Car Model: Forester XT
Transmission: 4 speed auto
Smile DIY 2009 Forester Cabin Filter Replacement

Thankfully I did not pay to have Subaru do this for me. It took 5 minutes and not the 30 minutes they wanted to charge me.

Key points:
1. You need pliers to pinch the damper shaft on the glove box. This is the only tool. If you have crab like power in your hands then no tools are required.
2. You need to pull up on the glove box to remove it. Start with the right side then the left. Each of the hinge points should release with some force. You then just wiggle out the glove box.

All this is outlined in your owners manual. See below:


Identification:


This picture shows the glove box. Please note the hinge points along the middle of the picture.


This shows the now vacant filter spot. You can see the squirrel cage for the heat/cool system.


These are the dirty and clean filters:


To reinstall glove box first wiggle it back into position then firmly press on the left side then the right .

Push damper shaft back into position and you are done.

Very easy

Last edited by SubieOutlaw; 09-03-2009 at 01:51 PM. Reason: forgot identification
SubieOutlaw is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 76 (permalink) Old 09-03-2009, 01:52 PM
Forum Member
 
Trainman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Vancouver Island
Posts: 1,228
Car Year: 2009
Car Model: Forester
Transmission: AT
Why is this in the lighting and electrical section?

Anyway, the dealer in Vernon does not charge the labour, it is part of the 24,000 km service price. But the cost of the filter is retarded, $90 CDN. They just cleaned mine and reinstalled. Good write up tho, another one from the 'ol Outlaw!

2009 Subaru Forester Touring Edition, AT
Trainman is offline  
post #3 of 76 (permalink) Old 09-03-2009, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
Fast & Dirty
 
SubieOutlaw's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: North Shore
Posts: 4,052
Car Year: 2009
Car Model: Forester XT
Transmission: 4 speed auto
Thanks.

I asked the mod to move it. I placed in wrong section. I got my filter for $70. My dealership has a discount for westernsubaruclub.com members. 10%

I am not sure vacuuming is going to clear much more than the big things.

My next DIY will be replacing filter in a cabin filter.
SubieOutlaw is offline  
post #4 of 76 (permalink) Old 09-03-2009, 02:20 PM
Super Moderator
Contributing Member
 
bbottomley's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: New London, NH
Posts: 13,018
Car Year: 2003
Car Model: XS Premium
Transmission: MT
Quote:
Originally Posted by subieoutlaw View Post
My next DIY will be replacing filter in a cabin filter.
Yes, it's not really DIY unless you really DIY! I've still got 4/6 of a furnace filter waiting to be cut up into refills. Furnace filter + duct tape + stock filter frame = a new filter.

I guess to be pure DIY I should have fabricated my own frame.

2003 XS Premium MT >200k miles! ● 2005 Impreza 2.5 RS MT ● Robin-Subaru Powered Generator
bbottomley is offline  
post #5 of 76 (permalink) Old 09-03-2009, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
Fast & Dirty
 
SubieOutlaw's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: North Shore
Posts: 4,052
Car Year: 2009
Car Model: Forester XT
Transmission: 4 speed auto
Quote:
Originally Posted by bbottomley View Post
Yes, it's not really DIY unless you really DIY! I've still got 4/6 of a furnace filter waiting to be cut up into refills. Furnace filter + duct tape + stock filter frame = a new filter.

I guess to be pure DIY I should have fabricated my own frame.
Ok...less not start pushing the definition of DIY.

For me,

DIY means do it yourself at some stage and save $$$$$$$$.
SubieOutlaw is offline  
post #6 of 76 (permalink) Old 09-03-2009, 02:43 PM
 
Real Lyte's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Southern Tier, NY!
Posts: 3,683
Car Year: 2005
Car Model: Impreza RS Wagon
Transmission: Auto
Wow that is really dirty man lol, good writeup though for the newbies on here!

05 2.5RS
03 Outback
They live on.
Real Lyte is offline  
post #7 of 76 (permalink) Old 09-03-2009, 02:49 PM
Super Moderator
Contributing Member
 
bbottomley's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: New London, NH
Posts: 13,018
Car Year: 2003
Car Model: XS Premium
Transmission: MT
Quote:
Originally Posted by Real Lyte View Post
Wow that is really dirty man lol, good writeup though for the newbies on here!
Dirty? That's merely soiled. This is dirty!


2003 XS Premium MT >200k miles! ● 2005 Impreza 2.5 RS MT ● Robin-Subaru Powered Generator
bbottomley is offline  
post #8 of 76 (permalink) Old 09-03-2009, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
Fast & Dirty
 
SubieOutlaw's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: North Shore
Posts: 4,052
Car Year: 2009
Car Model: Forester XT
Transmission: 4 speed auto
Quote:
Originally Posted by bbottomley View Post
Dirty? That's merely soiled. This is dirty!

That looks like it has been left outside.

Damn.
SubieOutlaw is offline  
post #9 of 76 (permalink) Old 09-03-2009, 04:06 PM
Super Moderator
Contributing Member
 
bbottomley's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: New London, NH
Posts: 13,018
Car Year: 2003
Car Model: XS Premium
Transmission: MT
Nope, it simply brought the outside in. I don't know what the fluffy stuff was.

2003 XS Premium MT >200k miles! ● 2005 Impreza 2.5 RS MT ● Robin-Subaru Powered Generator
bbottomley is offline  
post #10 of 76 (permalink) Old 09-03-2009, 06:23 PM
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: massachusetts
Posts: 664
Car Year: 2009
Car Model: Forester 2.5x
Quote:
Originally Posted by bbottomley View Post
Nope, it simply brought the outside in. I don't know what the fluffy stuff was.
Egads....sometimes you're better off not knowing...

Steve
09 2.5X AT
stevemac829 is offline  
post #11 of 76 (permalink) Old 09-03-2009, 06:26 PM
Super Moderator
Contributing Member
 
bbottomley's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: New London, NH
Posts: 13,018
Car Year: 2003
Car Model: XS Premium
Transmission: MT
Better in the filter than in my lungs!

2003 XS Premium MT >200k miles! ● 2005 Impreza 2.5 RS MT ● Robin-Subaru Powered Generator
bbottomley is offline  
post #12 of 76 (permalink) Old 09-06-2009, 03:52 PM
Forum Member
 
MoxoM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: New York
Posts: 446
Car Year: 2006
Car Model: X Premium
Quote:
Originally Posted by subieoutlaw View Post
Thanks.

I asked the mod to move it. I placed in wrong section. I got my filter for $70. My dealership has a discount for westernsubaruclub.com members. 10%

I am not sure vacuuming is going to clear much more than the big things.

My next DIY will be replacing filter in a cabin filter.
You can save a few bucks here:
http://www.subarupartsforyou.com/cp_...p?partid=14544
MoxoM is offline  
post #13 of 76 (permalink) Old 09-06-2009, 04:02 PM
Contributing Member
 
ferret's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Northern NJ
Posts: 3,356
Car Year: 2014
Car Model: Impreza Ltd
Transmission: CVT
Same place I found the 2003-2008 filters so cheap ...... AND they look and work like the $50 Subaru ones .................

Here's the URL for the 09/10 for $10.25 !!!!!!!!!!!
FORESTER cabin air filter for a 2009 SUBARU new $10.25

98S, 2014 Impreza 5 dr Ltd (9 Subaru's since 1978, 7 were 5 sp) ILuvSubaru's
ferret is offline  
post #14 of 76 (permalink) Old 11-25-2009, 12:00 AM
Forum Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Posts: 38
Car Year: 2009
Car Model: Forester
My local dealer was having a $10 off special for cabin air filter replacement, normal price is $109.99. Purchasing a filter from the parts department is $40 after taxes. So their charges for labor is $60-$70 for a 5 minute job. I know they have to make a living but this seems outrages.
GTOJim is offline  
post #15 of 76 (permalink) Old 11-25-2009, 05:35 AM
Forum Member
 
Hot09XT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: S. Florida
Posts: 1,546
Car Year: 2009
Car Model: Forester XT Limited
Quote:
Originally Posted by GTOJim View Post
My local dealer was having a $10 off special for cabin air filter replacement, normal price is $109.99. Purchasing a filter from the parts department is $40 after taxes. So their charges for labor is $60-$70 for a 5 minute job. I know they have to make a living but this seems outrages.
Now you know why the name "stealership" came about! Just had my Honda, bike, serviced and they always add 8-10 bucks for shop supplies. Isn't that a part of doing business. I think I will start charging my clients for toilet paper, paper towels and soap! ;)

MY09 XT Limited AT
Satin White Pearl
Hot09XT is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Subaru Forester Owners Forum > Technical Forums and Vehicle Assistance > Interior and Electronics

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Subaru Forester Owners Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools Search this Thread
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome