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I tried to replace my cabin air filter this weekend and failed miserably. Can someone who has done this tell me the "easiest" way to do it? I put easiest in quotes because I looked around online and didn't find a single easy way. <p>The nuts holding the gas pedal on are tight the entire way off their bolt/stud - why can't they get easy once it's loose? I guess it'd be bad to have the gas pedal come off while driving, but it takes about 10 minutes to take one bolt off because of how cramped the top left one is.
 

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2nd on a good write up! I have to do this next weekend as part of my 30K service. What else needs to be done besides oil/filter and cabin filter? Thanks!
 

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Re: Tried (and failed) to replace cabin air filter. Help? (mattdoc)

I don't think it is supposed to be that tight. When I replaced mine, two of the lower ones were easy to take off. They were tight and then loose. The top one, hardest one to get to, it was tight all the way through. It took me a long time to get it out. I think I stayed on my back for 30 minutes slowly getting it out. I felt sick and dizzy afterwards. I think the dealer cross threaded it. I went to Home Depot and replaced that nut after it was out. I drove with two tighten nuts. Now it is easy to take out and put in.<p>So what I'm saying is, stick to it and replace that nut if it is tight.<p>The other tip is that you might have the squish the filter in the sides and rotate it to get it out. I tried to do it gently for a while until frustration kicked in. <p>I think you just have to suffer a little bit at first to understand the mechanics then it'll be easier next time.
 

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Re: Tried (volvoNB)

You definitely have to squish/flex the filter to get it in and out. There's a specific orientation, and "crimp" marks on the side to help with this.<p>It's not a difficult job, just bloody awkward and requiring a lot of patience. All interior work is like that, IMO. At least it's clean!<p>Tom.
 

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Ugh. Mine has been sitting in the box for 3 weeks because I knew it was just going to be a PITA. I cannot wait now....
 

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Re: Tried (volvoNB)

The nuts are ovaled to be as a lock washer almost. When we replace the filters we will sometimes replace the nuts with standard ones to make the next services easier.<p>Ill have to make a good write up soon, after you do the first one the next ones only take 15 minutes or less.<p>Also thought about doing a group cabin filter install at the next seattle G2G lol. People just let me know how many filters to bring and ill do em in the parking lot. That way i can show a lot you guys how to do them yourself <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Is there a write up people are following? Thanks!
 

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S40DaB,<br>Ah man, if I knew you wanted it replace, I would have helped you do it.<p><br>It's not that hard to replace, it's just so cramped in there that you just need to know you have to squish that thing to get it out. <p>The basic steps are as follows:<br>1) Remove the three nuts that secure the gas pedal<br>2) Unplug the wire connected to the gas pedal<br>3) Remove the gas pedal<br>4) Remove the three screws on the side of the center console<br>5) Remove the side panel<br>6) Use your finger or a screwdriver to move the cabin filter out<br>7) Pull the filter as far as it can go<br>8) Squish the filter in the middle where it makes contact with the wire bundle<br>9) Once the other end is out, rotate and turn the filter to get it out completely<br>10) Reverse steps to install<p>Sorry, I didn't take pictures, I was kind of frustrated at the moment.
 

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My trick was a universal joint with a 1/4" ratchet and a 10" extension. You can also get those flexible shafts for your power drill that will basically do the same thing.
 

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Re: (laser8302)

I just use my cordless impact gun with an extension, wobbly, and 10mm socket. Takes those PIA nuts off in seconds <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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