|Red arrows show the clips. Slide to right.|
|Cabin filter - needed replacing|
|New filter is much cleaner|
|Put new filter in|
|Fit the 3 clips front and back, then slide to left|
|put the foam shroud back on|
|Shroud back on|
I cleaned the bottom housing out. The new filter goes in the top housing, making sure the air flow arrow so helpfully marked on the side is pointing up. It doesn't stay there by itself. Putting the cover back on was a PITA. It was hard to get the back slots engaged at the same time as the front ones, especially since I couldn't see them and had to go by feel. Finally got them in and slid all the way to he left, clipped the front and back lower clips, put the foam cover back on and on their hooks, and don't forget, the velcro flap.
Before I put the new cabin filter in, I inspected the injectors for signs of the "black death." Doktor A recommends we all take the cover off the injectors and check to see if there is any leakage around the injectors at every oil change. Since there was a little more room with the cabin filter off, I did it then. There are 7 bolts with hex heads - 4 on the right and 3 on the left. A small ratchet wrench was needed to get to the two bolts at the back because there wasn't room above it for a screwdriver. I should have used a metric hex head but didn't have one. The one I used kept getting stuck in the bolt heads, greatly slowing me down as I used a pliers to get it back out. Grrrr. Yay! The injectors all looked clean. Put the cover back on and screwed all 7 bolts back in.
|Red arrows show 7 bolts to remove cover|
|Injectors look clean!|
Next was the engine air filter. Not easy to access that puppy! In the end, I removed the heat shield (3 bolts), unplugged the thing at the top of the filter housing top after clipping the cable tie on it, unfastened the hose on the right, and then pulled the top housing out of its hinge things in the front and pulled it out. A real PITA. But not before trying a lot of other things. It hits the van metal in the front and the wiper fluid tank to keep it from opening very much.
|Air filter - under the wiper fluid reservoir|
|Air filter housing top removed. Heat shield pushed to side. Debris in funnel.|
|New air filter seated in housing|