Well after getting back from vacation in Avalon, NJ, I had plenty of work to do. One task was to replace the engine air filter and the cabin air filter in my 2007 Subaru Outback Sedan. I was able to purchase the new filter for $28.00 at the local auto parts store. The procedure should take about 15 minutes to complete (longer if your taking pictures of the process.) Please note I am not an auto mechanic. This post is more for my records than anything. Subaru states the cabin air filter should be replaced yearly. The filter in my car is 2 years old. It should look pretty nasty.
- Open the glove-box and remove everything. The filter is behind the glove-box.
- Open the passenger side door and remove the right end cover. This piece pulls off. I held onto the back while prying off the top and front.
- Unhook the small retracting cable and using a small Phillips head screwdriver, remove the screw which the glove-box door hinges on. Careful, the clip which the screw is inserted is cheap plastic, no pressure is needed. I was able to get the screw part way out and then pop out the pushpin clip.
- You need to pop out the two plastic “gliders” from the grooves on each side of the glove-box door. One they are out, the glove-box door should be free.
- Remove the three screws on the right side of the glove-box compartment.
- Remove the box which holds the owners manual.
- Remove the three screws which holds an “L” shaped metal bracket. The bracket helps keep the air filter in place and remember, the bracket is braced against three alignment stops.
- Pull up the piece of fabric.
- Pull the carrier out by pushing the four clips (one on each side) towards the center. For me it kept hanging up on the right side. I had to force the opening a little. Once the four clips cleared the beginning of the opening, the rest slid out with no problems.
- Once the filter is out and you see how nasty it looks, just replace it with the new filter you purchased.
- Follow the steps in reverse order and you should have everything back the way it should be.
On Monday July 13th I called the local Subaru dealer to see how much they would charge to replace the cabin air filter… the service desk representative said $90.00! Glad I did this one on my own.