Saab Cabin Filter area cleaned Part 2

25 Mar
The inner cover itself is quite easy to remove. It just pulls out and is not held by anything. Mine caught up a little on the windscreen, but came out with a little effort. Put it aside with the other stuff.

And once that’s out, it reveals the source of the water clog….

I believe that my problem is that the water is pooling in this area so clogged by leaves, and then flowing into the cabin filter (the cabin filter is that disgusting black thing in the middle) and down the tubes into the foot well.

The next step is to remove as much of the leaves and debris as much as possible so that none of it falls into the air conditioning tubes while we fix this.

Next we need to remove the cabin filter. There are two clips, one on the left and one on the right. Undo the clip (gently lift it up from the lip) on the right side…

And then unclip the one on the left…

Then slide the cabin filter out in the opposite direction of the wiper motor. It will easily slide out and it’s at this point you insert the new one. Give the seating a bit of a wipe first to ensure there’s no more dirt getting in.

This is what my cabin filter looked like when I pulled it out, and the container next to it is the leaves I pulled out. It’s a 1.8 litre (maybe half a gallon?) ice cream container that I filled with detritus!

Alright, next is the “elephant trunk” piece that everyone is talking about. I was worried about this, since I hadn’t seen anything like that, but I found it!! Mine was in the middle of the car, on the firewall…

It’s easy to remove, just pull on it (no jokes please) and it will easily come away (I said no jokes!).

Once out, you’ll see how full of mud and leaves it is…

Empty it, flush it out with water, give it a wipe on the inside and it should look like this:

Next, give the whole area areally good cleanup and we’re ready to put it all back together.


One response to “Saab Cabin Filter area cleaned Part 2

  1. Tony Palmer

    December 10, 2012 at 7:19 am

    I am highly educated and intelligent …and also a complete knucklehead as far as mechanical aptitude. This post is great! I have a 1996 Saab 900S Convertible. I bought it 5 years ago and Jiffy Lube had no idea where the cabin air filter is. I saw this and did it myself (put in a new one). The old one was black with dirt and insects!!! Thanks!!!


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