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Pelican Technical Article:
Replacing the Cabin Air Filter
in Your E60 BMW 5-Series


Steve Vernon
 
Time: 20 minutes
Tab: $18
Talent:  
Tools:
Screwdriver
Applicable Models:
BMW 5-Series 530i (E60) (2003-2010)
Parts Required:
New cabin filter
Hot Tip:
Clean air box
Performance Gain:
Cleaner air to breath
Complementary Modification:
Change your oil and filter
 
   

   
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     Replacing the cabin filter on your E60 can be one of the easiest ways to save money and start yourself off on the DIY trail.

     The cabin filter helps keep the air entering the passenger compartment of the car clean. It is sometime referred to the pollen filter. BMW recommends replacing it every 15000 miles or sooner if you live in a dusty or wet area of the country.

     Changing the filter is simple and will only take you a few minutes. If you are changing your own oil it is a good idea to get in the habit of changing your cabin filter while doing the oil change.

     Begin by opening the hood. The cabin filter is located on the right side of the car by the windshield. Turn the quick release fastener 90 degree counter clockwise. Disconnect the two switches on the front of the cabin filter lid, they are simple squeeze and pull connectors. Next use a screwdriver and pry the spring clip off the cover. The lid is now free to lift up and out of the five rear clips. Turn the lid over and remove the old filter. Give the air box and lid a wipe down, install the new filter and put it back together.

     Congratulations! You have just saved yourself some money.
This photo illustrates everything you need to work on to remove the cover: the quick release (green arrow), electrical connections (red arrows) and the spring clip (yellow arrow).
Figure 1
This photo illustrates everything you need to work on to remove the cover: the quick release (green arrow), electrical connections (red arrows) and the spring clip (yellow arrow).
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Turn the quick release fastener (yellow arrow) 90 degree counter clockwise.
Figure 2
Turn the quick release fastener (yellow arrow) 90 degree counter clockwise.
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Disconnect the two switches (red arrows) on the front of the cabin filter lid, they are simple squeeze and pull connectors.
Figure 3
Disconnect the two switches (red arrows) on the front of the cabin filter lid, they are simple squeeze and pull connectors. Note: shown with lid slightly removed from air box.
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Use a screwdriver and pry the spring clip off the cover.
Figure 4
Use a screwdriver and pry the spring clip off the cover.
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The lid is now free to lift up and out of the five rear clips.
Figure 5
The lid is now free to lift up and out of the five rear clips. Turn the lid over and remove the old filter.
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  Applies to: BMW 5-Series 530i (E60) (2003-2010)
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