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Replacing the cabin filter is fairly easy and from what I hear, fairly expensive to have done at the dealer. I did mine at 45k miles, and some people say it should be changed every year. Here's how to do it yourself.<p>The filter itself is easily bought at online parts stores, I got mine at FCP Groton for about $15 (which beats the $35-40 at the dealership).<p>To start, move the passenger side seat all the way back to expose this "screw" that you can unscrew by turning it to the vertical position with a quarter. It's on the side of the center console. Once it is unscrewed it should pop out with a little pressure.<p><IMG SRC="http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/mm312/djkronik57/IMG_00781.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Then slide the panel backwards and out. You can see the clips on the back and how they clip in.<p><IMG SRC="http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/mm312/djkronik57/IMG_00761.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Then, remove the panel underneath the glove box. This takes two torx screws.<p><IMG SRC="http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/mm312/djkronik57/IMG_00751.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Then you'll see a black cover held on by 4 torx screws. The front two are easy, but the back two are hard since they are very close to the floor.<p><IMG SRC="http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/mm312/djkronik57/IMG_00731.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>That's where this came in handy.<p><IMG SRC="http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/mm312/djkronik57/IMG_00741.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Then, once you have the cover off, you should see an opening with a divider. The filter should be in the back half of this opening. Just grasp it and pull it straight down and out (this is actually the new filter going in). It has cuts in the edges so it can bend.<p><IMG SRC="http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/mm312/djkronik57/IMG_00721.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Putting the new filter in is just a reversal of removal. This is what my old filter looked like. Lots of leaf bits and random junk.<p><IMG SRC="http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/mm312/djkronik57/IMG_00791.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>I had no problems putting the new filter in, though some people have had issues depending on where they get the aftermarket filter.<p>
 

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Re: How to replace the cabin filter (djkronik57)

Good description! Be sure to remove your old filter before you purchase your new one as there are two different thickness options based on production year and interior package. I believe cars with "Prem-air" have the filter that is twice as thick.
 

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Re: How to replace the cabin filter (volvodrummer)

It's a paper (thin) vs. charcoal activated (thick) filter. If you have IAQS, your car comes w/ the charcoal activated, otherwise it's paper.<p>The cars w/ the paper filter have a "dummy plate" over the larger spot that can be cut out (be sure to get all the pointy edges that are left). You can upgrade filters if you so choose (although some - JRL - will say not to, as it creates more of a strain on the blower motor - which is the same in both systems... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0">)<p>Do NOT run both filters, however, as that will create additional strain on the motor and your HVAC will NOT function properly.<p>The mod can be done without removing that side piece (in the first pictures) but it's a bit of a PITA to get things in back correctly if it stays in place... I also cannot move my seat enough to access it that well and bought a special tool to be able to turn the lock the 1/4 turn...<p>ALSO, it is suggested by most people who care about maintaining their automobile that you replace your cabin filter annually, or bi-annually at MOST, as it can trap a LOT of debris and contaminants that you do not want to be breathing.<p>Lastly, put a garbage bag over your floor to prevent all the crap that comes out w/ the filter from getting all over your clean carpet. And don't eat a big meal before you attempt this, as it can get awfully uncomfortable swapping the filter out if the car is on the ground. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/sly.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: How to replace the cabin filter (volvodrummer)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>volvodrummer</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Good description! Be sure to remove your old filter before you purchase your new one as there are two different thickness options based on production year and interior package. I believe cars with "Prem-air" have the filter that is twice as thick.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>That would be IAQS, as Adam mentions. <p>Prem-air is the coating on the radiator that makes ozone. <p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: How to replace the cabin filter (AthruC)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>AthruC</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Lastly, put a garbage bag over your floor to prevent all the crap that comes out w/ the filter from getting all over your clean carpet. And don't eat a big meal before you attempt this, as it can get awfully uncomfortable swapping the filter out if the car is on the ground. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/sly.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>You got that right. <p>You basically have to lay on your back in the footwell. VERY uncomfortable.
 

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Re: How to replace the cabin filter (Needsdecaf)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Needsdecaf</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>You got that right. <p>You basically have to lay on your back in the footwell. VERY uncomfortable. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>I can't control myself, but, "that's what she said" <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: How to replace the cabin filter (AthruC)

What I have said (and I have proff) is that IAQS filters cut down the airflow, this is not subjective, this is fact and in hot temps, I had to use at least one to two more blower settings higher to get the same amount of cooling.<br>Now when I get a car with IAQS (and am driving it <U>personally</U> in the summer) I alwasy remove the filter and install the standard filter.<p>This is your choice, I find this is better for me, I don't need the blower always at pos 3 or 4.
 

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Re: How to replace the cabin filter (Needsdecaf)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Needsdecaf</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Prem-air is the coating on the radiator that makes ozone. <p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>lol, don't you mean converts ozone or is that what the wink is for?
 

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Re: How to replace the cabin filter (Needsdecaf)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Needsdecaf</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Prem-air is the coating on the radiator that makes ozone.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Ozone = bad. Oxygen = good.<p>The Prem-air catalyst conveniently pops off an oxygen atom from the ozone molecules passing through the radiator core's fins to produce oxygen molecules that are substantially more environmentally friendly than ozone molecules.<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: How to replace the cabin filter (kenhoeve)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>kenhoeve</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>lol, don't you mean converts ozone or is that what the wink is for?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Sorry, typing too fast. <p>
 

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Re: How to replace the cabin filter (Dextrobrick)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Dextrobrick</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Ozone = bad. Oxygen = good.<p>The Prem-air catalyst conveniently pops off an oxygen atom from the ozone molecules passing through the radiator core's fins to produce oxygen molecules that are substantially more environmentally friendly than ozone molecules.<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Actually, don't we need to replenish the ozone layer?<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: How to replace the cabin filter (Needsdecaf)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Needsdecaf</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Actually, don't we need to replenish the ozone layer?<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Unfortunately ground-level ozone is one of the main ingredients of smog. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: How to replace the cabin filter (Dextrobrick)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Dextrobrick</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Unfortunately ground-level ozone is one of the main ingredients of smog. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Er, I knew that. Hence the sarcasm. <p>Yes, I made an error above.
 

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Re: How to replace the cabin filter (JRL)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">What I have said (and I have proff) is that IAQS filters cut down the airflow, this is not subjective, this is fact and in hot temps, I had to use at least one to two more blower settings higher to get the same amount of cooling.<br>Now when I get a car with IAQS (and am driving it <U>personally</U> in the summer) I alwasy remove the filter and install the standard filter.<p>This is your choice, I find this is better for me, I don't need the blower always at pos 3 or 4.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>You can have the fan sppppped adjusted in VIDA/Vehicle Communications/CCM to compensate for the cabin air filter and increase airflow if so desired. Its an AMP setting IIRC. Also if the CCM has ever been replaced it wouldn't be a bad idea to have the settings checked to make sure its set to compensate for a cabin filter. Although, I believe its only older 800's that have to have the setting for a cabin air filter set when replaced<br>I'm surprised you didn't know that. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Oh and strait from the Volvo Factory Training Center that I attended, you can run either filter in a P2 with no ill effects. The carbon style one that comes with the IAQS is for smell reduction only. The skinny filter can be used if one so chooses in that system to save a few bucks. Heck, I could never tell the smell difference anyway.
 

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Re: How to replace the cabin filter (Oceans60R)

The affect of the charcoal activated is not night-and-day, but for mild odors, it does help.<p>Some manufacturers have started to use grape-seed filters now if I remember correctly. <p>Me, I run a charcoal filter whenever possible in my cars to help with the long highway commutes, but if there's a skunk or landfill, you'll smell it regardless.
 

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Re: How to replace the cabin filter (AthruC)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>AthruC</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">The affect of the charcoal activated is not night-and-day, but for mild odors, it does help.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>+1<p>I use the Volvo charcoal filter in both of my cars, which both <U>do not</U> have IAQS. I have noticed that IPD sells a charcoal filter that is not from Volvo and its made on the cheap. The Volvo units fits perfect and seems to work better. Though the better-ness is probably all in my head. The fit however is night and day!<p>Also I have not noticed any less airflow, like others have stated.
 

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Re: How to replace the cabin filter (JRL)

Nice write-up and well timed as I plan to do this today!<p><br>For all those who keep score, it should also be noted that 'typos are OK'.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">What I have said (and I have <B>proff</B>) is that IAQS filters cut down the airflow, this is not subjective, ..................</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Jim.. Just a bit of Friday love! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>
 

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Re: How to replace the cabin filter (Move Over!)

Some of you are looking at this and thinking... Yea, I really should do this.... but it's kind of like cleaning out the gutters... maybe we can get by another year. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><I>17 minutes from start to finish, including looking for the elusive socket for the torx bit. (already had the filter) </I><p>Here's a filter after about 18 months... and it lost half the dirt cutting it open for the photo. Your lungs will thank you. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><IMG SRC="http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p165/Bill_Dawson/IMG_2244.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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Any idea what the 3rd filter is?<p>I assume that the one in the middle is the standard cabin air filter. <p><A HREF="http://www.fcpgroton.com/category-exec/category_id/138/nm/Cabin_Filter/sub_top_menu_item/by_make-by_model-by_year/by_make/78/by_model/1194/by_year/54" TARGET="_blank">http://www.fcpgroton.com/categ...ar/54</A>/
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>shelby_sho</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Any idea what the 3rd filter is?<p>I assume that the one in the middle is the standard cabin air filter. <p><A HREF="http://www.fcpgroton.com/category-exec/category_id/138/nm/Cabin_Filter/sub_top_menu_item/by_make-by_model-by_year/by_make/78/by_model/1194/by_year/54" TARGET="_blank">http://www.fcpgroton.com/categ...ar/54</A>/</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Its the standard paper filter. Its the one that's supposed to be used with cars without the IAQS. Like others have done (me included) is to not use the paper filter but use the charcoal one instead. <B>Do not use both</B> filters, or it will harm your blower.
 
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