Update to instructions WITH pictures
I just replaced the cabin air filter in my 2001 RL
Overall, this little project took me 90 minutes (instead of the 30 minutes purported for a newbie); If I had to do it again, today, it would probably take me less than 30 minutes (now that I've figured everything out)
One of the biggest challenges was how to remove the stops (well, I only had to remove one) for the glove box, in order to get it completely out (the clip holding it in is about an inch away from the stop and doesn’t appear to be connected to it).
The biggest stumbling block was that the person who did this before me did not disconnect the damper cable, they cut it; then they reattached it with a zip tie. So I had to go to the garage and get a replacement zip tie. Just another bit of time trying to figure out if cutting the zip tie was the right thing to do. I also discovered that the zip tie wasn’t nearly tight enough, so the glove box wasn’t dampened, at all, during opening.
The best Phillips screwdriver, for this job, is a stubby screwdriver.
I had a hard time spotting the electrical connector, on the left-hand side. I also found that it was not held in place by its retainer clip, so I snapped the retainer clip back into the holder when I reassembled it (although I think that means it’s going to be more difficult to disconnect the connector next time around; it should pull out fairly easily, though).
There are 2 clips on the left side, and 2 clips on the right side, of the black backing cover, behind the glove box. Either one of the clips, on the right-hand side, fell off, or it was already missing.
The instructions, in the box, made a reference to un-hooking the 1st filter assembly from the 2nd filter assembly. I didn’t comprehend that part of the instructions until I was all done. I *think* that you slide out the first half of the filter assembly, unhook it from the back half and then you have room to pull the back half completely out. I managed to replace the filters by squeezing them out while the 2nd half was still in the slot.
The filter access cover panel is white, and on the right-hand side, with an arrow on it. There are tabs on either end that you squeeze, easily, to remove the access panel.
I found leaves inside the cabin filter compartment.
The filter arches up, in the middle, to form a tent. I suspect that the back filters air coming into the car from the outside and the front filters air coming back in from the cabin. You would think the back (outside air) filter would be far dirtier, but they seem to be about the same.
I also found that the glove box wouldn’t latch very well after I put it all back together. I noticed that the latch, and handle, was kind of loose, and I found the 2 screws, inside the glove box, that hold the latch on were loose. Tightening those up help it latch much better.
NOTE: I found that I did NOT need to remove the white plastic kick panel
Last edited by lunytnz; 05-16-20 at 04:57 PM.