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Does anyone know how to replace the cabin air filter in the 2014?

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You have to remove the glove compartment to gain access to the filter.  A plastic automotve trim removal tool will be helpful for snapping off the cover at the side of IP:

 

 

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It is a very good idea to have this changed,I wrote on another thread that I took the car in for an oil change and ask them to check the cabin filter,it was black and chewed by mice. My dealer only charged 25.00 for the filter,but I like to be able to do something like this myself so thanks drolds1 for the information.

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It is a very good idea to have this changed,I wrote on another thread that I took the car in for an oil change and ask them to check the cabin filter,it was black and chewed by mice. My dealer only charged 25.00 for the filter,but I like to be able to do something like this myself so thanks drolds1 for the information.

You're welcome.  I like to do things myself too, although as I get older I'm less inclined to do stuff.  For $25, I'd certainly let them do it too.  Was that the total or just for the filter itself? I may try this soon.  If I do, I'll let you know how it goes.

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Artie since our vehicles are pretty close in age let me know the condition of yours. It won't be a DIY for me since I don't have that trim removal tool.

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drolds1, I took it in for a free oil change (4 year maintenance ) and ask them to check it for me,next thing I knew the mechanic came to me with the black chewed up filter and said they replaced it but had to charge for the filter (25.00). Even though it was inexpensive I would like to be able to check it now and then,so I am going to get a plastic trim removal tool (2.00 ebay) give it a try.

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The trim removal tool would be helpful but may not be entirely necessary.  This video is for a 2nd-gen Ford Fusion.  While the glovebox removal procedure is different from that of the MKZ, the side panel looks identical and they removed it with a small screwdriver.

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Wow,now that was the best instructive video ever,I am book marking that one.  Thank you drolds1

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I changed the filter the other day.  Fear not.  It's a pretty easy job for even the non-mechanically inclined.

 

After emptying the glovebox, snap off the side panel from the IP.  As stated above, an automotive trim tool or thin screwdriver will help with this but I was able to grab it from below with my fingers and just pull it off.

 

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Next, remove the two 7mm bolts form the top of the glovebox.  The one on the left is shown

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Now you can pull the whole assembly straight back and free from the IP.  You'll need to use both hands for this.  I needed my other hand to hold the camera. ;) The white material on top of the glovebox looks to be some kind of insulation or sound-absorbing material.  It's glued on so I left it.  They had to have a reason for putting it there.  With the assembly out, you can see where the two bolts go into the top edge.

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 There's an electrical connector for the glovebox light.  It's not necessary to unplug it for this job.  Just carefully lower the assembly down.

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Once the assembly is out of the way, you can see the filter housing.  There are screws on either side of the housing door with dabs of yellow paint (factory markings).  Remove the two (philips) screws.

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There are plastic retaining tabs on either side of the door.  Push them out towards the respective sides of the car to release the door. Pull the door down to expose the filter.  Three hands would help here.post-5-0-46032400-1465410849_thumb.jpg

 

Pull the filter out.  You can already see how much crud is caught in it before it's out.post-5-0-84252900-1465409924_thumb.jpg 

 

Slide the new filter in.  Again, this is definitely a two-handed job.  The filter is rather flexible.

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Side-by-side comparison.  You can certainly see the difference. There was all matter of flora and fauna caught in there. For informational purposes, I'm at just under 19,500 miles and I live in the Northeast.  I went a little long on this one.  I usually go about 15K between changes. YMMV.

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Reverse everything and button her up.  I had a little trepidation beforehand but it actually was easier than in my earlier MKZs. 

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Thank you drolds1,yes you have made this much easier than I thought it would be.

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My pleasure!

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Cabin filter replacement

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Excellent pictures and instructions thank you

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I changed the filter the other day.  Fear not.  It's a pretty easy job for even the non-mechanically inclined.

 

After emptying the glovebox, snap off the side panel from the IP.  As stated above, an automotive trim tool or thin screwdriver will help with this but I was able to grab it from below with my fingers and just pull it off.

 

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Next, remove the two 7mm bolts form the top of the glovebox.  The one on the left is shown

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Now you can pull the whole assembly straight back and free from the IP.  You'll need to use both hands for this.  I needed my other hand to hold the camera. ;) The white material on top of the glovebox looks to be some kind of insulation or sound-absorbing material.  It's glued on so I left it.  They had to have a reason for putting it there.  With the assembly out, you can see where the two bolts go into the top edge.

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 There's an electrical connector for the glovebox light.  It's not necessary to unplug it for this job.  Just carefully lower the assembly down.

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Once the assembly is out of the way, you can see the filter housing.  There are screws on either side of the housing door with dabs of yellow paint (factory markings).  Remove the two (philips) screws.

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There are plastic retaining tabs on either side of the door.  Push them out towards the respective sides of the car to release the door. Pull the door down to expose the filter.  Three hands would help here.attachicon.gifDSCN2213.JPG

 

Pull the filter out.  You can already see how much crud is caught in it before it's out.attachicon.gifDSCN2217.JPG

 

Slide the new filter in.  Again, this is definitely a two-handed job.  The filter is rather flexible.

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Side-by-side comparison.  You can certainly see the difference. There was all matter of flora and fauna caught in there. For informational purposes, I'm at just under 19,500 miles and I live in the Northeast.  I went a little long on this one.  I usually go about 15K between changes. YMMV.

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Reverse everything and button her up.  I had a little trepidation beforehand but it actually was easier than in my earlier MKZs. 

Great pics.  It's a good thing for those two screws holding the cover over the filter, because those little plastic will certainly break off after a couple of uses.

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Great pics.  It's a good thing for those two screws holding the cover over the filter, because those little plastic will certainly break off after a couple of uses.

Indeed.  My 2010 didn't have the screws and I immediately broke one of the plastic tabs off the first time I changed the filter. ;)

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Thanks for posting the photos.  It looks pretty accessible versus other cars where I needed to contort like Gumby to reach through stuff.

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I had no idea i had a cabin filter.. I just got my car yesterday.. Thanks for the detailed install. 

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It is a good idea to check this filter out at least once a year . The first time I checked mine it had been chewed up by mice  , and was useless !

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