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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-27-2007, 11:49 PM Thread Starter
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Cabin Filtration filter

I want to replace the AC/cabin filter which is located behind the glove box. The instructions that came with the filter and the few that I've found on the internet show a different type of glove box screws and mountings than what I have in my '05 Outback XT.

Has anyone successfully replaced theirs without having to take it to the dealer? I've gone as far as removing the glove box and removing the storage 'slot'. I can see the unit that has the filter, but I can't find a way to remove the glove box housing so I can get to the existing filter.

Any ideas would be most appreciated.

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I just changed the Cabin air filter in my wife's 2005 LL Bean about 2 weeks ago. It was amazing how much dirt and bugs and leaves and ?? were on it.

I replaced it with a WIX filter #24875. $17.09 from

Here is a link to a great set of instructions with pictures to step you right thru the process:



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Wow! Thanks for the tip!! I'll give it a try although this is a bit more complicated that what I had anticipated. I'll let you know how it goes.
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Ok, I got the filter installed in about an hour. Here's what I found after reading the instructions on the previous post:

The instructions were great! Easy to follow and the pictures really helped. The only thing I couldn't manage was to actually remove the tray that houses the filter. It says to bend the right side down, but I couldn't bend it down far enough to get it to clear the large metal protruding bracket. I didn't want to use too much force and possibly damage the tray. However, I was able to pull the tray out about halfway, which allowed me to push the filter inside the housing.

And get this.....there was NO ORIGINAL FILTER installed! The tray was completely empty.

I really hope Subaru fixes this design problem. If they are going to design a system that has a replaceable filter that's recommended to be changed annually, then they need to design it so it's easy to access.

Anyway, thanks again for the instructions!
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Glad I was able to help.

They guy that did those instructions did a great job didn't he? I normally don't browse that site but found those instructions doing a web search.

All Outbacks and Legacys have the tray for the filter but the filter itself is an option. The tray does come out -- you have to push down on the right, while holding the left, wiggle and pull. Its reeeeallllly tight!!

Did you get a filter from Subaru? Like I said, WIX makes a filter for it. Didn't that thread also show how they were just cutting a piece out of a 3-M Filter (house HVAC filter)?

Check out Filter1 if you do you own maintenance as they have really good prices on WIX filters.


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Campaign - A/C Filtration System Update
DATE: 04/2005

2005MY Subaru Legacy & Outback

Air Conditioning Air Filtration System Conversion Kit


Subaru of America, Inc, (SOA) has determined that affected vehicles listed below require the air conditioning air filtration system be updated with a conversion kit to simplify routine maintenance.

Affected vehicles are equipped with an optional air conditioning air filtration system. This system requires periodic maintenance which includes replacement of the air filter. Because of the current design, routine replacement of the air filter may be more difficult than intended. To simplify the maintenance procedure, Subaru has developed an updated air filtration conversion kit. Installation of the conversion kit will allow easy access to the filter through the glove box area. Installation of this conversion kit will not alter the performance of the filtration system.

This service program will involve installing an air filtration conversion kit on affected vehicles.


^ 2005 MY Subaru Legacy & Outback.

Please Note : there are only 213 vehicles affected nationally.

Potentially affected vehicles are identified in the VIN range chart. Not all vehicles within the VIN range are affected. Prior to performing repairs, confirm coverage for potentially affected vehicles by using the Vehicle Coverage Inquiry in the Dealer Communication System (DCS).


SOA will prepare and mail an Owner Notification Letter to owners of affected vehicles on or around April 18, 2005.

A copy of the Owner Notification Letter is included at the end of this bulletin.


Dealers are to promptly service all vehicles subject to this service program at no charge to the vehicle owner regardless of mileage, age of the vehicle, or ownership.

For affected vehicles sold after the date on the dealer's computer list, dealers are to contact those owners and provide them with a copy of the owner notification letter. They should also arrange to make the required correction according to the instructions in the service procedure section of this bulletin.

Dealers are also to promptly perform the applicable service procedures defined in this bulletin to correct all affected vehicles in their inventory (new, used, demo). Additionally, whenever a vehicle subject to this service program is taken into dealer new or used inventory, or is in the dealership for service, necessary steps should be taken to ensure the service program correction has been made before selling or releasing the vehicle.


Air filtration conversion kits are available through normal parts supply. Dealers will not automatically be sent a quantity of kits.


Please install the Air Filtration Conversion Kit as indicated in the following instructions:

Kit Contents:

1) Installation Instructions

2) Filter Carrier (PN: 73553AG02B)

3) love Box Trim Panel (PN: 66208AG02B)

4) Air Filter Element Including Service Label and Caution Label (PN: G3210AG000)

Tools Required:

1) Slotted Screwdriver

2) Phillips Screwdriver

Part One - Installation of Filter System Conversion Kit:

1) Remove the two (2) Phillips head center console screws.

2) Slide the center console back and lift.

3) Remove the gear shift cover and one (1) Phillips head screw.

4) Remove the side trim.

5) Remove the two (2) Phillips head screws.

6) Remove the console side panel.

7) Remove the glove box side cover.

8) Disconnect the retractable strap.

9) Remove the three push pins under the glove box to facilitate later reinstallation.

10) Remove the Pocket.

11) Remove three (3) Phillips head screws and one (1) plastic clip.

12) Disconnect the wire and lower glove box assembly.

13) Remove the two (2) clips from inside the glove box bin.

14) Remove the glove box light and install it to the new back panel (PN: 66208AG02B).

Remove two (2) plastic clips and the glove box bin from the back panel assembly. (Note : Only one (1) of the two (2) clips is used in the new back panel.)

15) Install the glove box bin to the new back panel. Reinstall the two (2) clips (previously removed during Step 13) to the glove box bin.

Part Two - Filter Replacement and Carrier Conversion

1) Push all four tabs together and pull out the carrier with a slight twist.

2) Insert the NEW filter (PN: G3210AG000) into the NEW filter carrier (PN: 73553AG02B).

3) Push the carrier and the filter into the housing with a slight twist until its fully seated.

CAUTION :Carrier tabs may be susceptible to breakage (from over bending) when coming into contact with other parts of the vehicle.

Part Three - Reinstallation of the Glove Box Assembly

1) Follow steps 1 to 14, in Part 1, in reverse order.

Part Four - Label Installation

1) Fill in the maintenance label with the replacement date and mileage.

2) Install it on the right hand side of the glove box as shown.

Note :The label is shown here:

- The filter must be replaced every 7,500 miles or 1 year, whichever occurs first.

- The filter may need to be replaced more frequency in dusty areas.


Type or print the necessary information on a Service Program identification label.The completed label should be attached to the vehicle's upper radiator support.

Additional labels are available through the Customer Dealer Services Department.


Credit to perform this Service Program will be based on the submission of properly completed repair order information. Dealers may enter the applicable claim information through their Dealer Communications System.

Air Filtration System Conversion Kit - Use the applicable claim submission information for installation of the Air Filtration System Conversion Kit and enter labor operation A106-561, for 0.4 labor hours.

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I have a 2006 Outback LLBean 6 cylinder vehicle. Changing the cabin air filter requires that one remove a bunch of interior paneling and the glove compartment to access the filter. Since this filter is supposed to be replaced every year, this situation seems ridiculous. I see that Subaru made available a kit to correct this situation, but as best I can tell it's only for 2005 models. Has anyone tried installing the 2005 kit in a 2006 Outback? - Thanks!
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