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Old 07-05-2012, 05:25 PM   #11
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My 2004 Bonne SLE had no cabin filter, from what I could find out it was a dealer-installed option. I picked up a Wix cabin filter with frame off of Amazon for about $12.50. I had to loosen the cowl trim in order to install the filter/frame combination, I've seen pictures of a cabin filter in the housing without the frame, think that is worthless as the filter will not seal properly without the frame.

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The cabin air filter is not a dealer installed option. It includes an access panel in the cowl wind screen with 2 tabs to release it, as well as features in the cowl to guide the filter assembly and hold it in place. There is no way these features are dealer installed.
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The cabin air filter is not a dealer installed option. It includes an access panel in the cowl wind screen with 2 tabs to release it, as well as features in the cowl to guide the filter assembly and hold it in place. There is no way these features are dealer installed.
I wasn't implying that the access panel was dealer installed, I was talking about the filter/frame assembly only.

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I bought the one from rock auto,i will see if it fits,i also sprayed that vent cleaner in that area for a fresh smell and clean it up in case f mold
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I wasn't implying that the access panel was dealer installed, any idiot can see that it is part of the stamped cowl assembly from the factory. I was t
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If you have the access panel, you have the cabin air filter as an OEM option.
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They are tricky to install. Be patient.
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If you have the access panel, you have the cabin air filter as an OEM option.
On 2000-2002 H-bodies, I do not know that the cabin filter itself was omitted on certain low line vehicles and do not know if the access panel was omitted as well by using a blank cowl plastic. IIRC, the skeleton for the AC Delco filter snapped into some metalwork under the cowl.

For 2003, I do know that the cowl had the access panel, but when I went to check the filter after 6 months, there was no filter and not support skeleton for same.

I asked the service manager who suggested I buy a filter and skeleton at the parts counter and they snapped it in for me.

I use the Purolator replacement filters which work fine--and they are MADE IN THE USA unlike all of the others I could find.
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how does it go in?
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