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Note from the field, time to change the cabin air filter

Is this blog obsessed with cabin air filters?
No, we just want to show you what used mobile A/C and engine cooling parts look like.

The photograph above is a cabin air filter from a 2007 S60 Volvo with 19,000 miles also pictured above. The old cabin air filter was the original manufacturer installed part.
It was recently changed after over 3 three years of suburban driving in and around Pennsylvania. The car’s owner happens to be a service professional and informs us that the cabin air filter on his car is located vertically, behind the glove compartment and it slides up into a slot in the heater/evaporator box. To change the cabin air filter he removed the passenger side hush panel (two screws), removed the filter slot cover plate (four screws), and pulled the filter straight down. The reinstall was accomplished in reverse order, and the whole operation took about 12 minutes. The cost for the part was $20.

Here is an example of a new, fresh, clean cabin air filter from MACS member TYC Genera. Many thanks to TYC Genera for the photo.
When having your mobile A/C system professionally serviced, insist on proper repair procedures and quality replacement parts. Insist on recovery and recycling so that refrigerant can be reused and not released into the atmosphere.
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