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    Yikes... Change your cabin air filter!!!

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    Started with musty smell on A/C startup. Tried shooting Lysol down the air intake, and shutting A/C off (fan still on pulling air from outside) about 5min. from home to dry the evaporator and deprive the mold of moisture. No joy. Changed cabin filter and was surprised how much mold was on filter. That white strip on top is how white the filter is supposed to be! And that aint dust on the filter, it's mold! For comparison, the engine intake filter still looks brand new sitting next to the new one I bought. Car only has 9k mi. and one year old. $11 and change at local parts store, and lots of YouTube vids on how to. Good luck. Oh yeah, no more smell!
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    Interesting.
    Can you elaborate how to access this filter?

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    Car parked in a garage or outside in pac nw?
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    Ahhh....Seattle.

    Good reminder, thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paolo View Post
    Interesting.
    Can you elaborate how to access this filter?

    Tia.
    The filter is located behind the cup holders/under and behind the radio and is accessed through the passenger side foot-well. Its kinda tight and I'm a small guy so good luck.

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    1 Torx bolt at the bottom to undo (can't remember the size sorry) then pinch the two tabs. Sorry the pic is sideways so on the right of the picture (it's the shiny thing)
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    Not sure about others, but I had to pull these off in order to slide the filter out. It's as simple as pulling up on the tab that's at the bottom, it will dislodge itself.
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    This is the piece after you pull it off.
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    My filter after I knocked all the leaves and bigger stuff out. It was pretty bad and mine was at 9k too (Maryland)
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    Self explanatory.
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    Brilliant.
    Thank you for the details.
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    I took all those in preparation for a write up since I went to go change mine and didn't know where it was (every other car I owned was behind the glove box beside my aviator which is unserviceable) and didn't want others to deal with searching like me. But then I got lazy.. But I'm happy to help.
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    I just ordered a new cabin filter... I found this video 3 years ago when I needed to replace it in my ST. It should still be relevant to the RS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EvanRyan View Post
    I just ordered a new cabin filter... I found this video 3 years ago when I needed to replace it in my ST. It should still be relevant to the RS.

    Pretty good video, though I will say, if you remove those 2 plugs you don't have to bend the filter or squeeze it like he had to
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    Is it the same filter as the ST?

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