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Accessing the Cabin Air Filter


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#1 OFFLINE   John A Smith

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Posted 29 August 2015 - 05:35 PM

Do you really have to remove the glove box to get to the cabin air filter? 

http://www.carcareki...r_cabin/replace

 









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Posted 29 August 2015 - 07:11 PM

No. There are threads here and on the C-Max hybrid forum with pictures and instructions.



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Posted 29 August 2015 - 07:14 PM

No. There are threads here and on the C-Max hybrid forum with pictures and instructions.

Can you link me to them?



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Posted 29 August 2015 - 10:59 PM

http://fordcmaxenerg...filter/?p=24116

 

Link to the hybrid forum thread is in the first post.

 

Ford Focus example video is here:

 

http://fordcmaxhybri...filter/?p=36190

 

My experience is a few posts down on this energi forum here:

 

http://fordcmaxenerg...filter/?p=25548

 

There are harnesses to the right which I disconnected, best disconnect the negative battery cable first, (and since there is little room in there when I do so I put a plastic spatula in between the negative battery connection and the battery ground lug), then disconnect the harness connectors for an easier time removing and inserting the new filter.

 

After just doing an engine air filter change, I feel that the cabin air filter was less easy for me.



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Posted 12 September 2015 - 11:00 AM

I finally replace the cabin air filter @ 21,000 miles and boy did it need replaced.  I also replaced the ICE air filter which was still fairly clean.  What a job each of them were!  It took me about 2 hours working and watching YouTube how-to videos.  I could probably do it in half that time next time, that is if I remember any of it.   :doh:



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Posted 12 September 2015 - 12:14 PM

I finally replace the cabin air filter @ 21,000 miles and boy did it need replaced.  I also replaced the ICE air filter which was still fairly clean.  What a job each of them were!  It took me about 2 hours working and watching YouTube how-to videos.  I could probably do it in half that time next time, that is if I remember any of it.   :doh:

I changed my very filthy cabin filter at 20k miles and decided thatto check it again @ 30k miles. I will be checking it soon have a replacement filter ready. I too think changing the filter will go faster this time. The original ICE air filter was so clean kept it for future use. I won't check it again until 40k mile. 

 

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Posted 12 September 2015 - 03:08 PM

For me it was simply too much work getting to the ICE filter to then not replace it.  



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Posted 13 September 2015 - 06:05 AM

If you have difficulty removing the ICE air filter it helped me to duck my head lower than the filter assembly to see where those mounting lugs are blocking easy removal.  I think, (if I remember correctly), turning it counterclockwise was very helpful in finally getting it off one...  Since I switched to a K&N, I won't be checking it as often.  I go by the 1,000,000 mi / 25 wash interval since the cotton improves on filter capacity.

 

I do hope Fram changes it's mind about making a Fresh Breeze cabin filter for the C-MAX.  I really like the added baking soda on top of the carbon impregnation in removing bad odors....


Edited by jzchen, 13 September 2015 - 06:06 AM.


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Posted 18 September 2015 - 03:24 PM

Been putting off replacing mine for a while due to all the smoke in the air from the nearby forest fire. The Canyon Creek Complex is at 95% containment and haven't seen any smoke down here in the foothills for the past couple of weeks so stopped procrastinating. Currently at 23.5Mm (14570 miles). Looks like it needed it.

 

cabin23_5.jpg


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Posted 29 September 2015 - 09:22 PM

Here's a simplified way to replace the cabin air filter.

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Posted 30 September 2015 - 09:06 AM

Here's a simplified way to replace the cabin air filter.

That is an awesome photo.  Yes I know you were being funny and I did laugh.  Is that an actual C-Max engine that was pulled?  



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Posted 30 September 2015 - 07:28 PM

That is an awesome photo.  Yes I know you were being funny and I did laugh.  Is that an actual C-Max engine that was pulled?  

 It's the dash assembly from an Escape. I had to replace the heater core, so I replaced the cabin filter while it was out :wink:



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Posted 01 October 2015 - 02:01 AM

I knew it.  The hot pipe(s) that burned my hand didn't look quite right....



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Posted 01 October 2015 - 07:23 AM

I'd bet the farm this way is more work to replace the filter!!   :wink:

 

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Posted 01 October 2015 - 07:01 PM

I'd bet the farm this way is more work to replace the filter!!   :wink:

 

-=>Raja.

 

No way!  It was easy this way, but the dash was already out :giggle:


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Posted 12 January 2016 - 05:41 PM

My cmax is going to the dealer on Tuesday to have some recall done associated with the seatbelt. Any idea what they would charge to change the cabin filter? I don't mind following guides and doing it myself assuming I can get my hands on a replacement filter, but if it's small money and they can do it quicker, I don't see any reason why I should struggle with it.

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Posted 12 January 2016 - 09:30 PM

Best to just ask your dealer.



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Posted 13 January 2016 - 11:06 AM

My cmax is going to the dealer on Tuesday to have some recall done associated with the seatbelt. Any idea what they would charge to change the cabin filter? I don't mind following guides and doing it myself assuming I can get my hands on a replacement filter, but if it's small money and they can do it quicker, I don't see any reason why I should struggle with it.

It isn't small money. They wanted about 90 bucks for mine.



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Posted 13 January 2016 - 05:09 PM

The Motorcraft PF-70 Cabin Air Filter  is available on Amazon for between  $15 to $20.  I have replaced mine twice. The first time took longer but the second time took 5 minutes.

 

Here is the link.

http://www.amazon.co...81&s=automotive

 

There is also a good video for the Ford Focus that also is applicable to the C-Max.

 

 

The hardest part of the replacement is contorting you body to get down under the glovebox. I am not as flexible as I used to be!

 

Hope that helps.

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Posted 19 January 2016 - 04:22 PM

If I had to do it again it would take about 15 minutes.  I had no idea where it was and it wasn't obvious.  The hardest part was getting the new filter into the slot where it goes.  










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