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Old 07-09-2008, 07:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So....we just bought an '05 FXT and we couldn't be happier. I was wanting to check the cabin air filter, but I'm having a hard time removing the glove box. I found the thread with the instructions on how to remove it, but it seems to be stuck on the left side. I removed the 7 screws when you have the glove box open, and removed the 2 screws at the bottom of the glove box. There is actually a 3rd screw on the bottom at the far left, and I tried removing that one as well, but it didn't work.

I noticed on another website that there might be some "clips" near the left side of the box, and I think that is the problem. I don't want to break the clips by pulling on the glove box too hard, and was wondering if anyone could give me any insight.

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I'm going to assume you haven't purchased the replacement cabin filter yet, since it comes with a detailed 3 page installation guide. There are 9 screws to remove & the glove box should pull free with a bit of effort...:)

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Thanks for the instruction sheets. I have seen those from another thread, and removed all 9 screws, but it was still stuck on the left side. I didn't pull extremely hard on the glove box, but I guess that will be the next step.....hopefully not breaking anything.
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I replaced the cabin air filter on my '06 in December and I believe it is identical to yours. You are correct, there are a couple of clips to watch out for! You can tug on it for a good bit before you have to worry about breaking anything!
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Glad I'm not the only one to have a problem like this. Do you just pull the glove box straight out?
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Glad I'm not the only one to have a problem like this. Do you just pull the glove box straight out?

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i gotta do this soon. the fires from last year stunk up my filters and i haven't cleaned them since.
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Be really sure to pull it straight back. Any angle is asking for a plastic clip to break. My 03 and 04 Foresters both tended to hang up a bit on the right side of the glove compartment where the pins went into their receptacle, but never on the left.

It might be worth taking a really close look at the screws you've undone and make sure they're correct. It shoud be loose.
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Thanks for everyones input. I'm 100% sure I had all the screws out, so I'll just pull the glove box straight out and keep my fingers crossed.

The fires are one of the reasons why I want to check this. Sitting in the valley doesn't help much with all this smoke.
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Thanks for everyones input. I'm 100% sure I had all the screws out, so I'll just pull the glove box straight out and keep my fingers crossed.

The fires are one of the reasons why I want to check this. Sitting in the valley doesn't help much with all this smoke.
Did you get the two screws on the bottom?
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Seeing as you're in the Bay, we're having a North Bay install day sometime in the next month or so as well, if you have more stuff to put on and would like some help/guidance. The thread is in the Pacific forum.
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Seeing as you're in the Bay, we're having a North Bay install day sometime in the next month or so as well, if you have more stuff to put on and would like some help/guidance. The thread is in the Pacific forum.

Yeah I got the two screws at the bottom......there was actually a 3rd screw on the far, far left on the bottom and I removed that one as well without any luck.

I would definitely like to meet up for the install day. I'm buying the SPT Turbo Heat Shield, and would also like to get some ideas for an aftermarket exhaust. I'll keep an eye out in the Pacific forum. Thanks!
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I too need to replace the cabin filter. Can anyone recommend a filter brand? Should I use a Subaru OEM of would an after market one suffice?
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You can actually make your own filter if you don't want to shell out for the OEM one: Finally got around to do the DIY Cabin Air Filter
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Yea, I saw that on Scooby Mods but I would just rather swap it out. Subaru OEM seem expensive, but sometimes it's worth paying for a easy fit. I was hoping some of the after market ones were just as good.


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