Changing Subaru Outback Cabin Air Filter (2010-2014)

February 17, 2020

Save money and replace your Subaru Outback cabin air filter once a year or every 12,000 miles. It's a cheap and easy DIY maintenance job that takes only a few minutes, requires zero tools and can actually make you feel better! We chose a Bosch HEPA Cabin Air Filter - tested to meet High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) standards, and provide filtration efficiency of 99.97% at 0.3 microns. If you have allergies or other respiratory issues this is the filter you want. Replacing your cabin air filter will also help remove funky car odors.

Video by Matt's Garage & Misc. DIY. Re-published with permission.

Tools You'll Need

  • No tools required

Parts You'll Need

  • Bosch HEPA Cabin Air Filter

Video Transcription

Overview

Today we're changing the cabin air filter on our 2012 Subaru Outback. We're gonna use this HEPA rated filter from Bosch. So why HEPA?

So this happens to be a high-efficiency particulate air filter and these filters are rated to filter out 99.97% of airborne particulates that are 0.3 microns. And why does that matter? It really matters if you're like me and you have allergies. It's gonna remove more allergens from the air you are breathing in your car and if you spend a lot of time in your car that matters.

Replacing the Cabin Air Filter

So now for the actual replacement. It's pretty easy. You're gonna empty your glovebox, which I've already done, and secondly you need to disconnect a dampener arm that is over here on the right hand side of the glove box. Third, you need to apply a little bit of pressure on both sides of the glove box to release these two areas of the glove box from this track. So now you've got access to the cover and you're going to squeeze on both sides to release the cover. Cover comes right out. Now you can see the old cabin air filter.

So now you just want to remove this carefully so you don't get a bunch of debris in the car. And this one looks pretty dirty. It's probably never been changed. So this is our old one. So this is the before and this will be the after. This is the Bosch filter - amazing difference. You should actually do this about once a year or every 12,000 miles. So I'm going to just slide the new one in. One of the things that I'm looking at is the air flow on these is supposed to go down. This slides into place... good to go. Just need to put my cover back in. All right now we're just gonna close up the glove box. I'm gonna reattach that dampener arm and we're done!

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