How to Change the Pollen Filter on a Subaru Impreza

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Changing the pollen filter, or cabin air filter, in your Subaru Impreza is a maintenance project that you can do in a few minutes with just a screwdriver. The filter, located behind the glove compartment of the car, cleans the air coming in through your heat and air-conditioning system. You cannot simply clean the old filter; you must replace it with a new one, available from your dealer or an auto parts store. Regularly changing out your cabin air filter means purer air for you and your passengers.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • New cabin air filter
  • Remove the glove compartment from the dashboard. There are seven screws holding it in and one clip that you may need to pop loose. Keep the screws in a safe place so that you can reuse them.

  • Snap off the filter cover directly behind the glove box.

  • Slide the used cabin air filter toward you. There are no other retainers, so if it seems stuck, give it a tug. It could have pollen, tar, bugs or almost anything on it that could make it stick a little.

  • Discard the old filter.

  • Insert the new filter into the slot behind the dash. Make sure it is all the way in where it belongs.

  • Install the cabin air filter retainer by carefully snapping it into place over the filter.

  • Reinsert the glove compartment into the dash, and secure it with the seven screws and the clip you removed. Take a minute and make sure it lines up and fits right.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have a full glove compartment, take out the contents before removing it from the dash.
  • Do not force any of the panels of the dash; you could break them if you use too much force.

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