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How to Replace Cabin Air Filter 11-16 Subaru Impreza

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How to Replace Cabin Air Filter 11-16 Subaru Impreza

Created on: 2017-06-20

How to repair, install, fix, change or replace a dirty, dusty or clogged air filter on 16 Subaru Impreza

  1. step 1 :Removing the Glove Compartment
    • Open the glove compartment
    • Remove any items from the glove compartment
    • Remove the rubber strap from the glove compartment
    • Push in the sides of the glove compartment to release the tabs
    • Pull the glove compartment out of the dashboard
  2. step 2 :Removing the Cabin Air Filter
    • Pull the air filter out of the heater box
  3. step 3 :Installing the Air Filter
    • Clean any debris out of the blower fan, using a vacuum
    • Slide the cabin air filter into the heater box
  4. step 4 :Installing the Glove Compartment
    • Line up the glove compartment with the dash
    • Push in the glove compartment tabs
    • Attach the glove compartment strap
    • Close the glove compartment

Tools needed for replacement

  • Specialty Tools


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Your cabin air filter is located right behind your glove compartment, so the first thing you're going to do is remove your door of your glove compartment, or at least get it out of the way. You probably have a glove compartment full of stuff so you're going to want to remove all of that.

Then on the passenger side, there is sort of a rubber post that holds the glove compartment in place. You're going to want to remove that. Then on each side of the glove compartment you have to push in to release the sides like that. There's a tab here and a tab over here that need to be removed. At that point you can remove the glove compartment completely and get it out of the way.

With the glove box out of the way you should be able to just grab this air filter and pull it right out of the heater box. As you can see, mine is due to be changed. You can see the old one looks just like the new one, just a whole lot dirtier.

When you pulled the air filter out, occasionally, if it's really bad, you'll have a whole lot of pine needles and things like that that will fall into the fan. You'll want to vacuum those out with a shop vac or something similar. In our case we were pretty careful, so I'm confident that nothing fell down into the fan. At this point we can take the new cabin air filter, slide it right into place, and there you go.

With the filter in place, we can now put these tabs of the glove box door onto the dash like this. There we go. Then you just push it closed and these tabs will go back into place. Then over here on the passenger side we put this strap on right there and we're done.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Specialty Tools

  • Vacuum

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