cabin air filter replacement

Old December-16th-2007, 08:06 AM
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How do I remove the glove box in my 2006 Mazda 3 so I can replace the cabin-air filter? I've done it on a Toyota Camry, but this doesn't look the same. The only help I got from my Mazda shop was that I should do it in a warm place, because I could break some plastic parts, and that they could do it for $20, which makes it sound pretty easy. Thanks.
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Old January-16th-2008, 09:09 AM
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let me see what I can find..

ah there it is. you have a PM
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Old July-16th-2008, 09:29 PM
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I had the dealer change mine and it was located under the dash behind the console. I think they got to it by taking the side panel off on the concole. Hope this helps.
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Old July-26th-2008, 10:30 PM
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How often should these be changed?
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Old July-28th-2008, 10:27 AM
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The dealer told me every 30K miles. When they start getting dirty you will notice the air flow going away. I had mine changed because I was afraid it would decide to clog up on the coldest day of the winter and I would not have much heat. The last time I tried to find aftermarket filters no one had any. The dealer was the only one. They may be available as aftermarket now.
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Old July-29th-2008, 07:41 AM
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Thank you! Are there instructions somewhere on how to replace these?
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Old November-27th-2008, 09:42 AM
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I have not seen any instructions. I would think that once you get the side cover of the console off that they should be easy to replace.
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Old January-27th-2010, 11:30 AM
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Smile Cabin Filter Change Video

Hi All

Changed my pollen filter recently, used the following YOUTUBE video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKhVXslh6Is

Takes about 30 mins for the first time

Good Luck
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Old July-6th-2011, 10:32 AM
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Looks like a pain in the butt just to change a small filter, thanks for the walk through vid though.
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Resurrection an old thread but what a pain in the butt for a simple air filter. I just bought a 2007 used from a dealership and I doubt this filter has been changed.

Thanks for the topic.
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I replaced mine at the dealer in Vancouver, BC area on July 23, 2013. Cost for parts + labor Cdn $74.99 + tax. The cost for the aftermarket (Fram) filter is $37 so I decided to get it done at the dealer. I have a 2006 Mazda 3 GT. One noticeable improvement was the increase in cabin air flow. My mileage is 142, 293 km and this is the first time I have replaced it.
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Resurrecting this again because I just changed this filter on our 2005. I disconnected the battery, pulled off the glove box, removed the fuse panel, and opened the filter cover to realize most 04's and 05's didn't come with one. They instead have a little plastic tray that sits in it's place.

All well, put one it, fiddled with the fuse box for a while, and all is good.

I took a bunch of pictures and wrote a how-to here: Mazda 3 cabin air filter replacement
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