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    Replacing the cabin filter

    What is the procedure for replacing the cabin filter, aside from paying the local dealer a significant amount of money for this maintenance item?

    I searched the site, but did not locate any previous threads that discussed how this is accomplished.

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    If you are having your windshield replaced and the timings right, I would suggest picking up a filter and having it slipped in while it's all apart. Sorry I don't have the step-by-step...yet.

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    I've seen it done but can't fully remember.

    1) Open truck
    2) On the passenger side near where the hood joins the car, undo the plastic top screws.

    3) The filter is wedges in there and you just pull it out I think and slip a new one in. Not 100% sure on this part.
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    See my article on installing Navigation and how I had to take the plastic at the bottom of the windshield off to do so. If you do this you can easily change the filter. I'm not sure you can get it out otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim_OC View Post
    What is the procedure for replacing the cabin filter, aside from paying the local dealer a significant amount of money for this maintenance item?

    I searched the site, but did not locate any previous threads that discussed how this is accomplished.

    Thanks
    I think the engine and transaxle need to come out. Then it's a 10 minute job. No but seriously why do manufacturers make those air filters so hard to get at. Oh wait, I know the answer $$$$$$$$$$$. My wife's old 5 series BMW was a monster at getting to that stupid filter. And things go bad if you let it go too long. First the blower won't move enough air through the filter as it gets clogged. Then the dryer starts freezing because air is not flowing good through the condensor. Then the compressor hydraulic's because the system is frozen. Then you buy a new ac compressor and replace the clogged cabin filter. It's a bad chain of events. And just think about all those years that cars didn't even have cabin filters. How did we survive without that filtered air? Cabin filters in cars are a bad idea unless it's a 5 minute job to change it.

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    With the porsche I recall getting the filter out was fairly easy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by K-Man S View Post
    See my article on installing Navigation and how I had to take the plastic at the bottom of the windshield off to do so. If you do this you can easily change the filter. I'm not sure you can get it out otherwise.
    Ken,

    Is it the filter in the upper left hand corner as you face the car? (Would be in front of the passenger.) I can see why the dealer might charge a lot due to the time involved, but if you can handle unscrewing screws and screwing them back in, it looks pretty easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fadiboy View Post
    Ken,

    Is it the filter in the upper left hand corner as you face the car? (Would be in front of the passenger.) I can see why the dealer might charge a lot due to the time involved, but if you can handle unscrewing screws and screwing them back in, it looks pretty easy.
    Not speaking for Ken but yes, that is where it is
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    Replacing the cabin filter

    Ken-

    I had reviewed your Navigation article prior to submitting the original post. There is a rectangular box on the passenger side (held closed by a number of silver clips), is this the location for the cabin filter?

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    Never replaced one but I do know that sponsor Suncoasticon sells them for $55 plus shipping Suncoast Porsche, Audi, & VW: Charcoal Pollen Filters and Porsche dealers usually charge $95 (filter and labor) to replace them. Are there less expensive after market filters available?

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    Upper left hand corner of this photo is where the cabin filter is before the plastic in front of the windshield is removed:

    Upper left hand corner of this photo is where the cabin filter is before the plastic in front of the windshield is removed:

    Then after that plastic is remove you can see it again more clearly in this photo. It is the white/grey rectangle again in the upper left of the photo:

    Then after that plastic is remove you can see it again more clearly in this photo.  It is the white/grey rectangle again in the upper left of the photo:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim_OC View Post
    Ken-

    I had reviewed your Navigation article prior to submitting the original post. There is a rectangular box on the passenger side (held closed by a number of silver clips), is this the location for the cabin filter?

    Thanks
    No, that is the gas tank evaporator charcoal cannister, look higher up, close to the windshield.

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    Is the filter the same as on 997/996/or Boxter. If so, RockAuto.com probably has it. That is where I have been getting OEM stuff for all the cars I have owned so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Santa Fe View Post
    Never replaced one but I do know that sponsor Suncoasticon sells them for $55 plus shipping Suncoast Porsche, Audi, & VW: Charcoal Pollen Filters and Porsche dealers usually charge $95 (filter and labor) to replace them. Are there less expensive after market filters available?
    Yes. I've bought oem quality filters for my Porsches from AllGermanParts.com for years. Mahle (a well respected German oem filter maker) cabin air filters for the Cayman are just $16. Another brand is $12.
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    Thanks Dan. The prices range from $12-$75 on that site. Any idea of the differences? And is "Activated Charcoal" better worse or the same as "Particulate"? I suspect my dusty road will require more frequent replacement and wasn't looking forward to $95 a pop.

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    My guess is the $75 filter is an error since it's the exact same part # as the $21 filter. I've always been pleased w/Mahle (or Mann) filters. The charcoal filter may reduce odors & catch smaller sized contaminants, but the oem pleated paper filters have done the job on my prior P car, as well as my Audis & Volvo, & will be fine for your dusty roads. Consider the charcoal if you regularly travel past pig farms.

    As it is, the filtered air coming into my car cabin & engine is cleaner than what I breathe walking down the street.
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    Thanks Dan. You are the best.

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    The activated charcoal canisters may prevent formation of the mold/residue that makes AC output stinky. This topic came up recently here and a promising theory put forward was that the pleated air filter gets damp and eventually gets infested with goobers. If this is the cause, the activated charcoal filter will eliminate the problem. If not, the charcoal will reduce the problem. Also they may protect you from chemical warfare agents

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    Quote Originally Posted by douzzer View Post
    The activated charcoal canisters may prevent formation of the mold/residue that makes AC output stinky. This topic came up recently here and a promising theory put forward was that the pleated air filter gets damp and eventually gets infested with goobers. If this is the cause, the activated charcoal filter will eliminate the problem. If not, the charcoal will reduce the problem. Also they may protect you from chemical warfare agents
    Good point. Let's add goobers to pig farm proximity as a selling point for charcoal filters.
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    Thanks for the replies and directions (Ken). I actually purchased the filter along with several other items from Suncoasticon. They always provide great prices and quick turnaround.

    I'm planning on tackling this Saturday morning before the Florida heat and humidity set in for the day. Iíll let everyone know how the job goes.

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