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Pelican Technical Article:

Cabin Air Filter Replacement

Jared Fenton

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$40

Talent:

***

Tools:

Deep 10mm socket and extensions

Applicable Models:

Volvo C30 T5 (2008-13)
Volvo C30 T5 R-Design (2008-13)

Parts Required:

Cabin air filter

Hot Tip:

Remove front seat for better access

Performance Gain:

No more moldy smell in car

Complementary Modification:

Recharge A/C

Have you noticed a musty or moldy smell coming from your car when the AC or heater is on? The problem may be a clogged cabin air filter. Over time, these filters collect dirt, pollen and other contaminants from entering the vehicle's cabin. The good news is that replacing the filter is relatively easy and should take no more than an hour.

The cabin air filter on the Volvo C30 is located on the left side of the center console (green arrow).
Figure 1

The cabin air filter on the Volvo C30 is located on the left side of the center console (green arrow). You'll need to remove the accelerator pedal module in order to get to the access door.

Shown here is the lower 10mm nut (green arrow) that holds the accelerator pedal module to the firewall.
Figure 2

Shown here is the lower 10mm nut (green arrow) that holds the accelerator pedal module to the firewall. Loosen and remove the nut with a deep 10mm socket and extension.

There are two additional nuts that hold the accelerator pedal module to the firewall.
Figure 3

There are two additional nuts that hold the accelerator pedal module to the firewall. In this picture you can see the edge of one of them (green arrow). The other nut is located to the right (yellow arrow). You'll need to feel around for the nut as it is not visible. Use a deep 10mm socket along with an extension to remove both nuts. Once the nuts are removed, pull the accelerator pedal module up and off the firewall and set it aside.

ThisPicture shows the retaining studs (green arrows) with the accelerator pedal module removed.
Figure 4

This picture shows the retaining studs (green arrows) with the accelerator pedal module removed. Pull back the carpet to expose the filter housing door.

Unscrew the white plastic retaining nut (green arrow) and pull the door off the housing.
Figure 5

Unscrew the white plastic retaining nut (green arrow) and pull the door off the housing.

Now carefully pull the old filter out of the housing as shown here.
Figure 6

Now carefully pull the old filter out of the housing as shown here. Be prepared for some dirt or debris to spill out. You may also have to vacuum the carpet once the new filter is installed. Take note of the arrow printed on the filter. You'll need to install the new filter in the same way.

Shown here is a side by side comparison between the old and new filters.
Figure 7

Shown here is a side by side comparison between the old and new filters. As you can see, the old one was in dire need of replacement.

Take note of the flow direction arrow printed on the new filter.
Figure 8

Take note of the flow direction arrow printed on the new filter. Install the new filter in the same direction as the old one.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Makoy Comments: This task can be completed without removing the gas pedal. I know because I have done it many times in approximately 10 minutes. The only difference is you will have to bend/compress the filter when removing/installing, but it will spring back to size once you get it into the slot.
September 28, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
jabu Comments: PLEASE NOTE! when reinstalling the filter door and the gas pedal, MAKE SURE you don't have any wires being pinched anywhere. there is a tendancy for the wires to sneak in to the air box when installing the filter and sneak behind the accelerator pedal when re-securing it. if this happens, over time you may recieve a check engine light with codes for throttle control due to pinched wires. BE CAREFUL!
November 14, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the input on this one. We appreciate the help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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