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Old 11-15-2012, 02:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm trying to replace the cabin air filter on my 2011 Outback, and am having trouble lowering the glove box. I got the dampener on off with no problem, but I can't seem to lower the golve box any farther to get to the cabin air filter. I've tried squeezing both sides of the glove box and pulling down, but that's gotten me nowhere.

Is there a "trick" to lowering the glove box that I'm not aware of?

FWIW, I'm trying to follow the steps in this video:

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There's no trick- damper off, then grab the "flimsy" inside panels while pushing in and down and it should eventually go down once you clear the lips on the inside. You're not going to break those flimsy side panels either, so just push around in all directions and they'll drop down. The whole process took me about 60 seconds start to finish, you'll get it
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Is there a "trick" to lowering the glove box that I'm not aware of?

FWIW, I'm trying to follow the steps in this video: Cabin air filter replacement- Subaru Outback - YouTube

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Yes, I found a 'trick' that worked for me. I reached back and pulled the back edge (top) of the glove box towards me. By By deflecting the back towards the passenger seat you will also notice the sides will pull inward. Doing this on each side while pushing the sides inward at the same time, I was able to more easily move each side inward far enough to slide them past their stops. Look at where the guy's left hand thumb is in the video and you will see where to grab the back to pull towards you.
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Just wiggle it around a bit, it will pop out. It can seem like you're being ruff on it but it will come out. Just pay attention to the angle it pops out at in the video.
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There's no trick- damper off, then grab the "flimsy" inside panels while pushing in and down and it should eventually go down once you clear the lips on the inside. You're not going to break those flimsy side panels either, so just push around in all directions and they'll drop down. The whole process took me about 60 seconds start to finish, you'll get it
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Yes, I found a 'trick' that worked for me. I reached back and pulled the back edge (top) of the glove box towards me. By By deflecting the back towards the passenger seat you will also notice the sides will pull inward. Doing this on each side while pushing the sides inward at the same time, I was able to more easily move each side inward far enough to slide them past their stops. Look at where the guy's left hand thumb is in the video and you will see where to grab the back to pull towards you.
Thanks guys! I finally got it out. What a PITA! It takes A LOT more force than the videos indicate, which makes you wonder whether you're removing it or breaking something.

Thanks again!
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You clearly have never changed the filter on my 2001 VW jetta. Lets just say it involves removing sections of the car infront of the windshield - handling cheap very sharp flimsy sheet metal which fits poorly to start with ha ha.
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My wife helped me with our 05 OB cabin filter. As soon as I saw all that was in place from the factory was just an empty filter frame, I told her, "it is just as well, as we never would have gotten an element in there in one-piece" - as we were putting all the parts back together that make up the right dash and glove box!
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The "trick" is intended to cause you to visit your local Subaru dealer where you will be charged $115.95 to change the cabin filter.
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The "trick" is intended to cause you to visit your local Subaru dealer where you will be charged $115.95 to change the cabin filter.
Soon to be $215 given apparently people making 250K a year are filthy rich millionairs who need to pay off our GOV debt! LOL
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Any good aftermarket brands that fit? I don't like the cheap stuff they sell at most auto parts stores.
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