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Hi Guys

The car has just returned from its Annual Service 36000 miles . And I would have thought that the Pollen / Cabin Filter would have been changed.

Well in the 12 months of ownership and two dealer services later, it hasn't, and its not due for renewal until the 54k Service I'm informed by the dealer. In normal Motoring that's close to nearly five years that cannot be right. Most Manufacturers change it at every annual service or 12k miles.

So with thanks To "tjw" in the post "How To Drop The Glovebox" he provided the diagram from the Mann Catalogue on the Pollen/Cabin Filter. This at least pointed me in the right direction and the location of where it hides.

So I thought I'd take a look at this Pollen / Cabin Filter to see what sort of condition it is in.

Once you know how to do it, its not that difficult, but it requires a touch of bravery and a leap into the unknown at first.

To drop the Glovebox lid down to gain access one must lever the sides of the Glovebox to release the two locating pins (one each side) from their channels. The force required is quite a bit, and I understand why at first you're waiting for something to break. but BE BRAVE, lever in the right position and pulling on the lid release one side at a time will pop them out. I found it beneficial to do the right hand side first this being the most difficult.





Then the Filter cover is revealed in all it's glory. One must then release the two tangs on the top of the cover and the panel is located at the bottom so in effect it comes towards you from the top. Note, the panel is slightly offset to the right so needs a little manoeuvring to pull it out.


Then the filter and the aperture it sits in are revealed



Pull the filter out and replace.


Notice this filter is only 12 months old / 37k miles it should be "White" no wonder my wind screen is always fogged up with residue. I like to run with my air-con all the time so its just rubbish passing through the filter I think.

Right off to the dealers / car accessory shop for a new one. I think I'll keep the old one and when it goes into the Dealers for its next major service at 56k Miles I'll put it back and keep the new one I've installed and use it as an intermediate one.

Putting everything back is just a reversal of how it came apart but getting the two locating pins in their channels is easier than taking them out they don't need much force to pop them back in

VOILA and enjoy

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Great instructions. I changed the filter once before without a problem (thanks to you!). This time, however, I can't open the door to the filter. I hold the clips down and pull but it seems stuck. Any ideas?


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Because a dirty air filter restricts the flow of air to the engine, that airflow is mixed with the fuel to create the perfect air/fuel mix for combustion.
Not enough air results in a richer AF mix and increased fuel consumption together with increased carbon deposits in the combustion chamber and on exhaust valves.
It’s like someone putting a thick cloth over your nose and mouth, you can’t breathe properly…. neither can your engine.
That’s why…
Pollen filters, when clogged will just prevent the flow of fresh air into the cabin, and full of rotting insect corpses etc add a musty smell to the air that gets in.

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We were on about the cabin filter, which will allow all sorts of particles through when new... As it gets used the larger holes get plugged, and so the "mesh" gets smaller and smaller making a better filter, until it's clogged... Then it's useless !
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