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Old 09-03-2009, 12:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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:


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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
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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 $$$$$$$$.
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Wow that is really dirty man lol, good writeup though for the newbies on here!
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Wow that is really dirty man lol, good writeup though for the newbies on here!
Dirty? That's merely soiled. This is dirty!

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Dirty? That's merely soiled. This is dirty!

That looks like it has been left outside.

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Nope, it simply brought the outside in. I don't know what the fluffy stuff was.
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Nope, it simply brought the outside in. I don't know what the fluffy stuff was.
Egads....sometimes you're better off not knowing...

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Better in the filter than in my lungs!
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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
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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
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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.
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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! ;)
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