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Old 01-27-2014, 01:54 PM   #1
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My 2002 Park Avenue has a stuck cabin filter. I can see pine needles etc. behind it so I'm certain it is a mess. How do I get the stupid thing out - there is nothing to grab onto. I pulled the white tab and it just broke off. I had a problem with little heat and assumed it was the blend actuator, now I am quite certain it is just a packed up filter.
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You can always use a shop vac to get the excessive gunk out before you pull the filter out.
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Unfortunately, this is the model where the filter is in 3 pieces and installs behind the accelerator pedal. Access is abysmal and there is no way to get past the first part'* white plastic end panel. (The cover that you remove first is also white - but that is off.)
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Welcome to the forum Bruce!
Ya u got to really twist or get upside down on that one..have a vacuum handy too!
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I got it. I had to make a hole and get behind the plastic with a long 90 degree angle scribe. Brute force did the rest. No damage and I'll endure the bad air before I replace it.
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Had mine changed last year, my mechanic said it was a real pain to do. Can it just be removed & eliminated ? Thanks
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there is a reason why thats there, you dont want the junk that clogs the filter in your evap/heater core
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i had to screw a sheet metal screw into mine, then i pulled the screw with a pair of pliers. mine was so nasty you could drop some seeds in it and start a garden.
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Mine was so dirty, I did water it, placed it in the garden, & even the bugs .. would not go on it!


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