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2013 Cabin Air Filter Replacement


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#41 OFFLINE   mwr

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Posted 04 June 2018 - 04:52 PM

I had my dealer replace the cabin air filter at the 40K mile service. They charged me $31.95 for parts and $72.50 for labor. From what I've read here about the difficulty (and I'm far from being a mechanic), I think that's fair.


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#42 OFFLINE   ElectricFan69

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Posted 10 June 2018 - 09:57 AM

I had my dealer replace the cabin air filter at the 40K mile service. They charged me $31.95 for parts and $72.50 for labor. From what I've read here about the difficulty (and I'm far from being a mechanic), I think that's fair.

Ouch.  Over $100 for a cabin air filter change - in my book, that reinforces the whole 'stealer' meme.
Got an OEM filter on flea-bay or $11.  The task of changing it out was a bit of contortion - particularly for the lower screws, but not that difficult - just far fussier than it needs to be.  On our brand 'T' vehicles, the cabin air filter is a 5 minute no-tool affair, with the most difficult aspect being dealing with the detritus in the glove box. The Fusion difficulty is in dealing with small screws in places difficult to see - and avoiding breaking stuff that is going to become more brittle as the car gets older. Around FL, I do all the cabin air filters after the pollen season - the oak pollen pods inevitably cover the filter and smell funky with high humidity of summers.  

 

The task is not as bad as it was on a gen 2 brand H van that involved cutting a brace (for the first change) to remove a metal bracket with 4 hard-to-reach screws to get at the filter - but still more of a pain than it ought to be.  To me, routine service tasks ought to be a design priority - and should not require 3/4 hour of labor.



#43 OFFLINE   mwr

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Posted 10 June 2018 - 11:58 PM

I agree it's a poor design for servicing. But given its design, I consider the dealer's charges reasonable (we have high shop labor rates here).


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#44 OFFLINE   ethermion

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Posted 11 June 2018 - 07:33 AM

It is a very poor design.  And, now I have to go back in because apparently something fell into the fan and is making undesirable clicking noise.

 

No idea how I am going to sort that out.  Not much room to work in there.






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