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How To Replace Cabin Air Filter 04-09 Subaru Outback

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How To Replace Cabin Air Filter 04-09 Subaru Outback

Created on: 2018-05-01

How to repair, install, fix, change or replace a dirty, dusty or clogged air filter on 08 Subaru Outback

  1. step 1 :Removing the Glove Box
    • Open the glove box
    • Pop the side cover off
    • Lift the glove box and remove the damper spring
    • Pull the sides in to unhook
    • Loosen the Phillips head clip
    • Remove the Phillips head clip from the side
    • Press the tab on the right side
    • Remove the glove box
  2. step 2 :Removing the Cabin Air Filter
    • Remove the plastic access panel
    • Remove the five Phillips head clips from the access panel
    • Press the tabs up on the cabin air filter
    • Remove the cabin air filter
  3. step 3 :Installing the Cabin Air Filter
    • Remove the old filter
    • Insert the new filter
    • Insert the new filter into place in the vehicle
    • Put the access panel into place
    • Tighten the five Phillips clips to the panel
    • Replace the plastic access panel
  4. step 4 :Installing the Glove Box
    • Insert the glove box into place and press the tabs in on each side
    • Tighten the Phillips head clip to the glove box
    • Connect the damper spring to the glove box
    • Pop the side cover on
    • Close the glove box

Tools needed for replacement

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Phillips Head Screwdriver

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Open the glove box. Pop the side cover off. Put that aside. Lift this up. Take this little damper string off. Push the glove box side in. Pop it off. Do the same for the other side. Just pull it in. The glove box will lower down.

To remove this screw and clip, use a Phillips head screwdriver. Loosen it. Pull its clip out. Put that aside. Push in on the tab on this side and then the glove box will come right out. Take out this upper compartment. This just lets you see down inside what you're doing, so just kind of lift it up, pull it straight out, and put that down aside.

The cabin air filter is back behind here, but just to let you look down inside because we need to remove this access panel here, so there's one, two, three, four screw clips. Use a Phillips head screwdriver to loosen these. There's a fifth one over here. Reach in here. Pull out. Push it back. Pull it out. I can see the bottom. There's two tabs. Push these up and on the top there's two tabs.

You're going to take your two hands with your thumb and index finger and reach up in here and squeeze them together and then pull that out. I'm going to carefully pull this out because this one is really dirty and filled with junk. Might never have been changed. Oops, my finger's stuck in there. I'm going to try to slide it out without dumping it into my blower motor. Wow, that is nearly clogged. This might not even been This probably smelled really bad and probably had very poor air flow through the heater and A/C. That is one of the worst I've seen.

Here's the cabin filter we pulled from our vehicle. It is completely clogged and filled with dirt. There's no way that any air is getting through this. It probably smells awful. This potentially could be original to the car. These should be changed every year or 12,000 miles. As you can see, this is a brand new one from It's the same exact style and size and design. This will fit in the tray. I'm going to pull this old one out over the trash brown, throw it away, and then we'll slide the new one in place. It'll fit great and work way better than this old one.

I'm just going to take a rag I've dampened with some glass cleaner. You could use water, anything, just to clean up some of the dust that's in here. There is a direction of flow marked on the air filter. The arrow is pointing down so the air comes in and goes into the blower motor, so we want that arrow pointing down. This will just slide into place, again, pretty flexible and gently push it down and in. Goes under these little tabs here and under this tab on this side. Should be one in the middle there. That's our brand new cabin air filter ready to be reinstalled.

Slide this tray back into place and then just push it right in. It does have an arrow pointing up. Now it's locked in place. Reinstall this cover. One of these clips was broken off, but there's three clips, so push up into place. Reinstall the threaded clips. Put this one over here. They'll just kind of push into place. Line them up. Push them as far as they'll go and then you can screw them back in. Just repeat this for all of them. Push it in. Put the glove box back in place. There's an opening here and a pin here. It's going to sit on that pin and slide this one up into place and then we'll push it up on the pins.

Before you forget, install the upper little cargo pocket. So it does say up. Now we go towards the top part. It just slides in place and clips in. Reinstall the clip on this side. You might have to move this around or adjust the clip out. Just thread it out. Just catch the top thread so it can squeeze together. Get it in place. I'll get that pushed in. Then put the center in, just like that. Hook up the little damper rope. Reinstall the side cover. Push it just beyond that trim there, get that clipped in. The cabin filter is replaced.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Screwdrivers & Related

  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

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