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Pelican Technical Article:

Cabin Air Filter Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

30 minutes30 mins

Tab:

$15

Talent:

*

Tools:

Philips head screwdriver, rag

Applicable Models:

VW Golf (1999-05)

Parts Required:

New cabin air filters

Hot Tip:

Wipe down the inside of the airbox

Performance Gain:

Breathing cleaner air

Complementary Modification:

Change engine air filter

Every 10,000 miles or so, you should change the cabin air filters in your Volkswagen GTI Mark 4. You should change it sooner if you live in a dusty climate or do a lot of driving on non paved roads. The cabin air filters helps protect the air that you breathe inside the car, replacement is a snap and should take less than an hour.

Begin by opening the hood and locating the airbox cover on the right corner of the engine bay closest to the windshield.

Remove the four Philips head screws that hold the air filter cover on.

The plastic cover will slide forward and out. Do not force it as it is only made of thin plastic and can easily break.

The filter is held in place by a plastic frame that clips to the front of the air box housing. Unclip the two clips and pull the filter and frame from the housing.

Remove the old filter from the frame and install the new one.

Wipe down the inside of the housing before you reinstall the new filter.

Installation is the reverse of removal.

Begin by opening the hood and locating the airbox cover on the right corner of the engine bay closest to the windshield.
Figure 1

Begin by opening the hood and locating the airbox cover on the right corner of the engine bay closest to the windshield. Remove the four Philips head screws (red arrows) that hold the cabin air filter cover on.

The plastic cover (red arrow) will slide forward and out.
Figure 2

The plastic cover (red arrow) will slide forward and out. Do not force it as it is only made of thin plastic and can easily break.

The filter is held in place by a plastic frame that clips to the front of the air box in two places (red arrows, one shown).
Figure 3

The filter is held in place by a plastic frame that clips to the front of the air box in two places (red arrows, one shown).

Unclip the two clips and pull the filter and frame (red arrow) from the housing.
Figure 4

Unclip the two clips and pull the filter and frame (red arrow) from the housing.

Remove the old filter (yellow arrow) from the frame (red arrow) and install the new one.
Figure 5

Remove the old filter (yellow arrow) from the frame (red arrow) and install the new one.

Wipe down the inside of the housing (red arrows) before you reinstall the new filter.
Figure 6

Wipe down the inside of the housing (red arrows) before you reinstall the new filter.

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