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post #136 of 144 (permalink) Old 08-14-12, 01:18 AM
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I'm thinking about changing this on my 2004 RL and I've read through the great posts but wondering if it would be possible to sort of summarize everything.

FILTER TYPES
We all know the OEM ones are best, but for those of us trying to save some more money, I'd really like to hear about the experiences with the aftermarket brands (e.g., purolator, fram, etc.). For example, anyone know if the the new Fram Fresh Breeze filters are still as "flimsy" as the ones Jinny originally installed years ago?

Anyone tried this "Denso" brand, I've never heard of them but physically it looks to be the closest to the OEM version. Seems I'm not allowed to post links yet but I see it on the Advanced Auto Parts website (Denso Cabin Air Filter Pollen/Particulate Part No. 453-1016)

FILTER DIRECTION
I get the idea that air-flow direction isn't clearly marked on most of the aftermarket brands? Is there a way to figure this out besides trial and error?

THE CLIP
Any tried and true method to keep the clip intact?

Many thanks in advance.
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post #137 of 144 Old 08-22-12, 01:07 PM
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RE

Ive used the STP brand that I bought for 20 bucks at autozone. It has the air direction arrow marked on the filter, as well as on the filter holder, it should be pretty clear. My filter has worked great for the last two years that I have had it changed. It fixed my low air flow problem on my A/C system, I guess my old filter was clogged. Just make sure you plug the filter plate back in firmly after you replace the filter.

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I'm thinking about changing this on my 2004 RL and I've read through the great posts but wondering if it would be possible to sort of summarize everything.

FILTER TYPES
We all know the OEM ones are best, but for those of us trying to save some more money, I'd really like to hear about the experiences with the aftermarket brands (e.g., purolator, fram, etc.). For example, anyone know if the the new Fram Fresh Breeze filters are still as "flimsy" as the ones Jinny originally installed years ago?

Anyone tried this "Denso" brand, I've never heard of them but physically it looks to be the closest to the OEM version. Seems I'm not allowed to post links yet but I see it on the Advanced Auto Parts website (Denso Cabin Air Filter Pollen/Particulate Part No. 453-1016)

FILTER DIRECTION
I get the idea that air-flow direction isn't clearly marked on most of the aftermarket brands? Is there a way to figure this out besides trial and error?

THE CLIP
Any tried and true method to keep the clip intact?

Many thanks in advance.
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post #138 of 144 Old 09-21-13, 05:09 PM
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Thanks Jinny for the great explanation, and thanks to Boljangles for the working pictures. I just completed this process in my car, without breaking anything. Took me about 30 minutes.
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post #139 of 144 Old 10-14-13, 01:54 PM
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If you need to replace your air cabin filter, you can find here where this is located.
Air conditioner filter on Acura RL is located inside of car behind the glove box.
To change cabin air filter on Acura RL firs time you need to open the glove box and then remove the arm that holds the glovebox. Press the 2 sides of the glovebox to take this out like in picture bellow.
Acura RL cabin air filter location
Acura RL cabin air filter location
Here you can locate the cabin air filter housing cover.
Acura RL cabin air filter housing cover
Acura RL cabin air filter housing cover
Push the 2 tabs from the filter frame to unhooking from the housing cover. Take the frame out and replace the old cabin air filter with the new one with the air flow indicating arrow pointing down.
For blog adress please pm beacause am new on the forum an i cant put url..or maybe an old member can help me to to put this.

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post #140 of 144 Old 07-21-14, 01:48 PM
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I've done this myself on my RLs. Really easy steps. Takes 10 mins. Buy the filters online for 10 bucks for 2.
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My 97 rl has 150k and the filters were nasty. I got a pair of filters on sale at advanced auto for 16.00. Easy to do except I broke the damper clip.
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post #142 of 144 Old 03-04-15, 12:54 PM
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Who hasn't broke that clip????? Another flaw in the RL.....

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post #143 of 144 Old 03-13-15, 11:47 AM
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Anyone have the cabin filter CARRIER/FRAME Part Number? Mine is severely degraded and broke apart. I need to replace and can't find it anywhere by description, i.e., filter housing, filter frame, filter carrier, etc.
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post #144 of 144 Old 05-16-20, 04:05 PM
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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
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File Type: jpg Black backing cover-screw loose-glove box removed.jpg (138.0 KB, 4 views)
File Type: jpg Filter housing-white access cover wArrow-filter behind.jpg (134.9 KB, 4 views)
File Type: jpg Front-back filter assembly-front filter removed.jpg (137.9 KB, 4 views)
File Type: jpg Zip tie connect for damper cable.jpg (141.5 KB, 3 views)

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