Edit: But you probably already know this
Last edited by reggy66; 04-22-2017 at 09:07 AM.
Seems like all Ford models are much more difficult to change than GM or Chrysler.
To start, I opened the passenger side door, and knelt outside on several pieces of cardboard for comfort. The Focus and Escape unsurprisingly share part numbers for filters.
The two little black covers just pull straight off ...
Then you just pull the foam/felty cover down and out of the way. I tossed mine onto the seat, I suppose you could use many different techniques. Then to the left of the fuse box you will see a well camouflaged cover.
At this point, you can't really miss the T20 sized screw. It comes out with ease (On the Focus, I had to switch to a normal nut driver, as clearance is ... less). Then you find the tabs on the cover where you pinch and pull down. The cover came free pretty easily. Sorry I forgot to get a close up picture of it. If you look at the wide angle shot, the bit that looks like it should be the squeeze tab ... its not, its right below that!
This is actually a photo of the new one installed as I forgot to take a picture of the dirty one in there ... not that it matters. To remove it, I just ripped it out as aggressively as possible. However, this lead to the spread of pollutants everywhere ...
25,000 miles (Escape)
This seemed to be an effective manner of getting the filter back in...
2014 Tuxedo Black ST1 Blackbird
I just replaced my cabin filter after 4 years, 28K miles. I must have tried 5 times squeezing the filter like others have done without success. I then did a very slight J bent on the filter, guiding the front end in and it slid right in in the upright position. Literally 5 seconds to slide in and then pull a bit out to make sure the side facing the cabin was flush with the filter housing. I used the Cleenaire filter with carbon and finally, after years of driving with a musty odor, I have nice and fresh smelling AC.
2015 MM ST2--Stratified tune/Steeda IC
2016 Nissan Maxima SR