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dimil 07-24-2004 10:13 AM

Installation of cabin air filter. (56k warning)
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WARNING: This procedure will require to disassemble half of the dashboard, and is obsolete in vehicles that have access door in the back of glove compartment.


That's one of the things that I like to have in my car, so I decided to go ahead and make it happened (will switch to Subaru provided filter/kit when I'll replace this one).

This instructions are for automatic transmision - 5MT shouldn't be that much different - only difference for pulling trim around shifter and no need to move shifter out of the park position.

Tools needed:
philips #2 screwdriver(maybe 2, one short to get the screw in opened glove box)
flathead screwdriver(medium worked for me)
whatever you need to cut the filter of your choice(if not precut to specs)

1 Engage the handbrake. Using hands pull directly up plastic trim under hand brake.

dimil 07-24-2004 10:20 AM

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2 Unscrew 2 screws in rear compartment of the console.

3 Pull front of console up (it's hold in place by 2 pins - only 1 visible here), and move whole console to the back about 2 inches.

dimil 07-24-2004 10:22 AM

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4 Using flathead screwdriver remove plastic pushpins from cover under glove compartment. (this can be done any time before removing side trim)

dimil 07-24-2004 10:23 AM

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5 Pull up chrome trim around shifter, put keys in ignition and depress brake so you can switch gears to netral. Turn ignition off(you won't be able to pull the key out in netral). Pull shown trim up as shown and pull out. (you can switch back to park if like now to pull the key out)

dimil 07-24-2004 10:24 AM

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6 Remove the screw and pull trim towards console from step 3 (there 3 clips that come out easy).

7 Undo 3 screws from side trim, open glove box and pull out the side trim (there 3 clips as shown).

dimil 07-24-2004 10:26 AM

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8 Remove trim from right side of glove box (holds in place by 3 clips), start inside glove box - carefull not to twist while taking out.

dimil 07-24-2004 10:30 AM

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9 Take off the string that slows movement of glove box(mine didn't retract inside, but pay attention just in case). Pull out slot from inside glove box, undo 3 screws and 1 pushpin as shown in pict 9 & 10, push out 2 clips from the sides and 2 from slot (location shown on pict 11). Whole glove box should be droping down right now exept for plastic holding from right side in pict 12, that you pull right out. Set glove box on the floor and you have access to what you were after.

dimil 07-24-2004 10:33 AM

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10 To remove air filter tray push the 4 clips and pull it out twisting right side down and left side steady.

dimil 07-24-2004 10:40 AM

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11 When the tray is out, place filter(8.5 by 8.5 inches) in it and follow this instructions in reverse order.

dimil 07-24-2004 10:43 AM

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You can see how I made filter since it's not available yet - no instuctions provided, but shouldn't be that hard.

Credits go to:
Opie - for link/making original instructions available,
Tide - for making this site available for all of us,
Sube555 - for being functional Director of Monkeys :) (moderator),
apexjapan - for all evil pictures of JDM RBP sedan that made me get one(now I just need lip spoiler),
Subaru - so I have one in garage while I'm typing this,
All members - for being part of this site,
All lurkers - Signup already,
Me - for not being too lazy,
My wife - supporting me geting a new Legacy GT.

inthedeck 07-24-2004 11:18 AM

Dude, thanks dimil. Nice effort on this situation. Awesome write-up. And nice pics.

Seems like such a chore, for an air filter element...but thanks for taking the time to help the passengers breath clean air!!!


Tide 07-24-2004 12:25 PM

Wow, great write-up. Thanks!!!!!

:D :D

Th3Franz 07-24-2004 12:43 PM

Sweet. I might go ahead and do that when I take a look at what I have to work with, stereo-wise.

CombatCQB 07-24-2004 01:13 PM

yup, that's on my list of todo too.

You know, depending on how much the filter kit is later. I think a mod of the glove box will allow the filter to be removed. It looks like the back is in the way, so just cut a chunk of it off and seal it back up with some fiberglass and fabric so it's no longer in the way.

kenzo 07-24-2004 03:35 PM


Excellent write-up. Thank you very much for sharing this with us.

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