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I just purchased a 2011 SH Forester and will replace the glovebox lid as it is very scratched. However, had the same thoughts as you about the piston device. On looking closer someone has broken the slotted mounting stub that is part of moulded plastic facia panel. Does anyone have any thoughts about how to fix it/
Looks like have to replace that panel . It’s about $47.
 

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Dropped the glovebox for the first time on my 20' to replace the cabin filter. The part (duct?) with the green border surrounding that channels the air towards the filter wasn't and doesn't go all the way down. That doesn't look at all like what I've seen in videos of people replacing their cabin filters. What am I missing?

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Methinks you are missing about an inch and a half of the rest of the upper duct that's supposed to kiss the top of the filter housing. The green rubber gasket is certainly not there for looks.
 
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