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Old 05-06-2012, 08:56 PM   #1
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Default cabin air filter

With summer around the corner I thought id ask this...

I am thinking of checking out my cabin air filter in my 03 vue. Looks simple enough with location and such, but how the heck do I get the cowl off the stupid thing? It does not have the newer design with the holes for the screws to extract them. Its just like a plastic tab. To be honest Im afraid of just muscling the thing as I dont want to break those tabs that hold the cowl down so...how does this thing come off?

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Old 05-06-2012, 08:59 PM   #2
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It's been awhile........

All I remember is that it wasn't too hard.


I think it has the plastic pop rivets (pull out the center).

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Old 05-06-2012, 09:17 PM   #3
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I think it has the plastic pop rivets (pull out the center).
That's the key.

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Old 05-06-2012, 11:00 PM   #4
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It's been awhile........

All I remember is that it wasn't too hard.


I think it has the plastic pop rivets (pull out the center).
Pull out the center? Like wedge somthing underneath them like a screwdriver and pop them up? Its just a domed tab, no handles or anything, unless im misunderstanding...sorry for the stupid remark .

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Old 05-07-2012, 08:32 AM   #5
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Can you post a pic of the fastener?

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Old 05-07-2012, 09:00 AM   #6
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Default Re: cabin air filter

When I checked mine, I used a screwdriver to lift up the center tab and once the tab was lifted up, I used the screwdriver on the outer tab to pull the whole thing out. It was super easy.

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Old 05-07-2012, 11:13 AM   #7
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Can you post a pic of the fastener?
Here ya go . . .
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:53 AM   #8
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Here ya go . . .
That the one that takes the screw? Ill take a picture when I get outside and post back.

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Old 05-07-2012, 11:54 AM   #9
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^^that's what we are all expecting to find there, but from sideup66's description, his sound like they are different.

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Old 05-07-2012, 11:57 AM   #10
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That the one that takes the screw?
There's no screw. You pry the center button up which then allows you to pull out the whole rivet. When you re-install, you push the center button back down, which makes the rivet expand outward so it stays in.

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Old 05-07-2012, 11:59 AM   #11
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^^that's what we are all expecting to find there, but from sideup66's description, his sound like they are different.
Hmmm (?). That's what I have on my '03 and '07.
Maybe a PO put a screw in there?

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Old 05-07-2012, 04:49 PM   #12
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I am attaching a picture of mine, you will see it in the attachment. Come to look at it, looks like what Chazberry has actually. You guys will be able to tell

I know my car is messy hah, it recently turned green (stupid pollen) and its just plain dirty from back and forth trips to the school, its getting a bath once the weather clears up...
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Old 05-07-2012, 05:37 PM   #13
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I am attaching a picture of mine, you will see it in the attachment. Come to look at it, looks like what Chazberry has actually. You guys will be able to tell
Yep - dats what we all got. There is a proper tool for these things, but you can usually pry up that center pin with a small screwdriver.
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Old 05-07-2012, 06:00 PM   #14
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Yep- small screw driver or even pliers to pull up or remove that center pin. Remove a couple of those, remove that whole black shroud thing.

And then I think you need to take note of the filter orientation when you pull it out.

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Ok, thanks! will do and report back.

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Old 05-07-2012, 06:38 PM   #16
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5 minutes later and its done... . Thanks guys only thing is I lost one of the small black inserts that go into the tab. I dont think itll get into any trouble though as the rest are in....the one flew off somewhere when I pried and I couldnt track it down. It has to be around the car, maybe ill move it later and look for it. Very easy job. I found the filter half off the tube . So I promptly reattached that and it looks fine, filters kinda cruddy but I think im due at 90,000 to check and replace if necessary and with 87 on the clock it can wait until then and Ill just throw a new cabin filter on.

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