2005 Outback 3.0R cabin air filter

Discussion in 'Subaru Outback' started by Jason, Nov 29, 2005.

  1. Jason

    Jason Guest

    The manual recommends changing the cabin air filter yearly. Is that
    something I can do or does it require a visit to the dealer?

    TIA

    Jaosn
     
    Jason, Nov 29, 2005
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  2. Jason

    Frank Guest

    If it is like my Forester's you can do it. You have to remove the
    glove compartment which has about 10 screws. The Forester filter costs
    over $50 which I consider a ripoff for something that probably costs 50
    cents to make including materials. I waited over 2 years on mine, took
    it out and washed it. In previous discussion, others mentioned
    replacing filter media with maybe something from a furnace filter. If
    you have a severe pollen problem, maybe you want to use the Subaru
    replacement.
     
    Frank, Nov 29, 2005
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    Bart Guest

    I changed the filter myself on my '03 Forester. I waited for about 2.5
    years -- it was pretty dirty, and changing it was pretty easy -- just
    follow the instructions that come with the filter.

    I ordered the filter from http://www.subarupartsforyou.com/ -- it was
    $37, including shipping & handling.
     
    Bart, Nov 29, 2005
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  4. I bought my OBW filters from janie at www.subarugenuineparts.com but
    will use the old ones to buile my own for next year's swap out.

    Its a DIY project. You'll need a Philips screwdriver and maybe a 10mm
    socket IIRC. I believe there are also instructions at www.cars101.com

    Carl
     
    Carl 1 Lucky Texan, Nov 30, 2005
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  5. Jason

    Jason Guest

    Thanks, Carl

    I looked at that site and it seems as if I can do it. Useful info.


    Jason
     
    Jason, Nov 30, 2005
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  6. Jason

    QX Guest

    Somehere I remember seeing a DIY website where they made their own
    cabin filter for a Forester out of one of the 3M high performance
    furnace filters. I seem to remember they go for under $15 for the
    highest filtration level. Available at Home Depot & Lowe's stores
    nationwide.
     
    QX, Nov 30, 2005
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  7. Jason

    AS Guest

    When you take the filters out, look at the surface of the A/C evaporator
    and remove any dirt that has bypassed the filter.

    The subaru filter is a joke. The media is not even sealed against the
    plastic frame of the filter. But then again, in the back of the filter
    location, there is no seal between the filter and the evaporator housing.

    Good luck
     
    AS, Dec 2, 2005
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