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    Quote Originally Posted by Peregriner View Post
    Old thread, but relevant for me today!

    I am going to be doing this job on both the Focus and Escape as soon as my filters arrive in the mail. I checked instructional videos, and wouldn't you know it ... they're the same. Matter of fact, if I obscure the center console design, I bet I could post a video on fordescape.org (or vice versa) for a how to, and no one would be the wiser.
    Good luck.... The air filter placement in these cars is the worst!!! You have to contort in ways unheard of to get the blasted thing out and put the new one in. I almost broke mine trying to get it in, just be patient with them and take it slow

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    Quote Originally Posted by reggy66 View Post
    Good luck.... The air filter placement in these cars is the worst!!! You have to contort in ways unheard of to get the blasted thing out and put the new one in. I almost broke mine trying to get it in, just be patient with them and take it slow

    Edit: But you probably already know this
    Not the worst by far. Its pretty easy and straight forward in the Focus st, and im not a small guy. Much worse are the w205 chassis mercedes C class and the w230 and W231 SL-class benzs. Although I have found a trick for the c classes, they both still suck much worse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DanM View Post
    Not the worst by far. Its pretty easy and straight forward in the Focus st, and im not a small guy. Much worse are the w205 chassis mercedes C class and the w230 and W231 SL-class benzs. Although I have found a trick for the c classes, they both still suck much worse.
    Coming from my previous cars where they were all behind the glove box this makes it a lot more difficult lol
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    Seems like all Ford models are much more difficult to change than GM or Chrysler.
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    Quote Originally Posted by reggy66 View Post
    Good luck.... The air filter placement in these cars is the worst!!! You have to contort in ways unheard of to get the blasted thing out and put the new one in. I almost broke mine trying to get it in, just be patient with them and take it slow

    Edit: But you probably already know this
    So, I didn't find it to be too difficult. I think the hardest thing was wiggling the new filter in unscathed. I did both the Escape and Focus in about 15 minutes ... they both truly were identical in every way.

    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.
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    The two little black covers just pull straight off ...
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    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.
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    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!
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    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 ...
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    25,000 miles (Escape)
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    This seemed to be an effective manner of getting the filter back in...
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    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.
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