jdcbomb
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Re: 2018 Leaf Cabin Filter

Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:37 am

The plastic clip / cover / housing covering the cabin filter should be removable by hand unless it's somehow jammed in there. The design appears identical to the Gen1 LEAF. I have average sized hands and have successfully changed the air filter on the Gen1 without even taking the glove box off. I just set a bright light on the floor, remove the left side access panel, and can reach in to remove it. During installation, I just lay on my back, and ensure the filter is lined up + squished on one side and push it back in.
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Re: 2018 Leaf Cabin Filter

Tue Nov 19, 2019 3:34 am

I just swapped my cabin filter last weekend. Saw this post, had to add my $0.02 (CND).

I was able to remove the old filter and insert the new one without dropping the glove box.

It did take a bit of contortionist moves, but I was able to do the job in under 15 minutes.

Got a great deal for the filters from Canadian Auto Parts ($12.00 CND - $9.17 US). So I bought 4 of them.
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germang33k
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Leaf Number: 2327

Re: 2018 Leaf Cabin Filter

Tue Dec 17, 2019 1:27 pm

My local mechanic only charged me $30 to change the filter and reassemble everything. A dealership probably would not have been so generous.

I still have an intermittent smell when using the heat. Dirty socks or sour. That is why I changed the filter to begin with. Any ideas how to remedy? I have seen advice to spray disinfectant, but not sure where to spray it. It doesn't always smell. Weird.

jdcbomb
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Re: 2018 Leaf Cabin Filter

Tue Dec 24, 2019 7:08 am

So now I remember how to do this, as I struggled with it for about 15 min wondering how the heck to wedge anything in that tiny space behind the firewall and where the filter cover sits. THE KEY is the clip that's holding the filter cover closed is at the BOTTOM, closest to the firewall. IMPOSSIBLE to fit any tool in there. You have to stick ONE strong finger in there, reach slightly behind the clip, and pull down. The first time it will require a couple tries as the clip is tightly held on.

How do you get your hand in there? You CAN remove the glove box and bottom glove box trim panel (2 parts), but that's annoying with all the screws. HOWEVER, if you're not overly huge or big, it's doable by pushing the passenger front seat all the back, laying on your back, removing the bottom trim panel below the glove box (pops off by pulling down on it). In this position, the clip will be above your left shoulder and the retaining clip will be above you (rather than at the bottom). Shove a strong finger into that ridiculous tight space and pull.

Once you do this once, it's possible to not even have to lay down and get to it next time. I "bent" back the retaining clip enough without breaking it, but loose enough to ensure it comes off with light finger pressure. If your hand / arm isn't too big, you can reach through the glove box access panel to get to the filter cap / filter. Now I understand why the 13 MY SL I owned previously was much easier...the clip was already loosened and i could simply pop it off with light pressure.
germang33k wrote:
Fri Nov 15, 2019 8:26 pm
No way it's a 10 min job :lol: I had to get the Autozone guy to help me remove the glove box after I removed all the screws. Now I can't get the filter door off to save my life. It doesn't just pop off or unclip like in all the videos. Can't get a screwdriver or any other tool in that tight spot to wedge anywhere to loosen the clip or cover. I am also not clear it's the top or bottom of the cover that unclips. I can't believe I have to go to a mechanic to remove the stupid filter cover. I've changed cabin filters in Hyundais and Kias. Way easier!
2018 SL - In Service 2019 JUN - 2019 OCT 96.7 SOH
2018 SV - In Service 2019 JAN - Location: Raleigh, NC - 2019 OCT 93.7 SOH
2013 SL - In Service 2013 FEB, Sold 2018 JUN (50,050 mi) - 4 Bars Lost (44,255 mi)

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Re: 2018 Leaf Cabin Filter

Sat Jan 11, 2020 11:46 am

As I posted earlier, I did mine myself, did drop the glove box, pain in the butt putting all the screws back.

When I looked at the old filter, after about a year of use, it wasn’t really that dirty, so now I have done it, 2 more years on the lease since I changed it, I am not going to touch it, it should be fine for 2 more years. I do not live in a dirty, duty zone or go over dirt roads.
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