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Default 2007 Mustang: Where's the cabin air filter ??

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I did do a search on this and came up with the following thread (link below). As my mustang approaches 9 months in age, I figured it was time to at least check the cabin air filter and see if it needs replacing. Amazingly (see photo), it looks to me like my '07 GT models do not have a cabin air filter, but apparently the 05-06 models do have one?

Am I losing it here, has it moved somewhere else? Help me out here, so I can sleep and "breathe" better. LOL.

http://www.allfordmustangs.com/forum...in-filter.html

P.S. Try not to look at those valve covers - yes, it's time for some elbow grease and mothers polish, I'm too cheap to powder coat. I'll use the excuse I'm staying bone stock and want the vintage look
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Stangers,
I did do a search on this and came up with the following thread (link below). As my mustang approaches 9 months in age, I figured it was time to at least check the cabin air filter and see if it needs replacing. Amazingly (see photo), it looks to me like my '07 GT models do not have a cabin air filter, but apparently the 05-06 models do have one?

Am I losing it here, has it moved somewhere else? Help me out here, so I can sleep and "breathe" better. LOL.

http://www.allfordmustangs.com/forum...in-filter.html

P.S. Try not to look at those valve covers - yes, it's time for some elbow grease and mothers polish, I'm too cheap to powder coat. I'll use the excuse I'm staying bone stock and want the vintage look
It's under that black cowl behind the firewall.
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Yup, you have to remove the cowl and reach inside to get to it. Its not really all that difficult.
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Ah, thank you! I knew it had to have one!
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Greg,
Just make sure you put your wipers in the up (12 o'clock) position before opening the passenger side cowling. The two push-pin type fastners (with a philips head) are easy to remove...first remove the philips head part) and then use some needle nose pliers for the bottom portion (exposed) part of the fastner. Squeeze the bottom part of the push-pin fastner with the pliers while pulling up on the fastner on top with your hand. Remove the second fastner. Next, you need to get your hand(s) up and under the cowling and pull up...you should then hear and then see the snap fastners releasing (4 of them). Use steady upward pressure to release these fastners...but be careful, they could probably get damaged and then you won't be able to put the cowling back in place. You don't need to release all of them completely...just enough for you to get at the cabin air filter. I used an assistant pulling up on the part of the cowling near the middle of the firewall and I pulled up on the far passenger side...be careful not to rub the the cowling against the hood (and especially the lower part of the cowling adjacent to the passenger wiper arm...that's why you should put the wipers up).
The cabin filter can be a little tricky. You will see the frame of the air filter (containing the filter)...push down just a little bit and then pull the frame towards you and then up and out. Replace the filter (make sure put the filter in properly be check the arrow marking the air flow on the filter). Then replace the filter frame. Then snap the cowling back in place...replace the fastners and you're done. Just take your time and have someone give you hand.
Since I didn't have my wipers in the 12 o'clock position, my assistant pulled up on the part just below the passenger wiper arm and the cowling rubbed against it and caused a little bit of damage. I had to carefully sand down the edge and paint it flat black. Good luck!

Some pics from another site:
Cabin Filter Replacement Instructions (PICS) - FordMuscle

Purolator's instructions (click on Installation):
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I don't think I will change mine until the interior smells like stinky pizza.
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NASTY!!! At least that's better than the feet smell... :hihi:
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Greg,
Just make sure you put your wipers in the up (12 o'clock) position before opening the passenger side cowling. The two push-pin type fastners (with a philips head) are easy to remove...first remove the philips head part) and then use some needle nose pliers for the bottom portion (exposed) part of the fastner. Squeeze the bottom part of the push-pin fastner with the pliers while pulling up on the fastner on top with your hand. Remove the second fastner. Next, you need to get your hand(s) up and under the cowling and pull up...you should then hear and then see the snap fastners releasing (4 of them). Use steady upward pressure to release these fastners...but be careful, they could probably get damaged and then you won't be able to put the cowling back in place. You don't need to release all of them completely...just enough for you to get at the cabin air filter. I used an assistant pulling up on the part of the cowling near the middle of the firewall and I pulled up on the far passenger side...be careful not to rub the the cowling against the hood (and especially the lower part of the cowling adjacent to the passenger wiper arm...that's why you should put the wipers up).
The cabin filter can be a little tricky. You will see the frame of the air filter (containing the filter)...push down just a little bit and then pull the frame towards you and then up and out. Replace the filter (make sure put the filter in properly be check the arrow marking the air flow on the filter). Then replace the filter frame. Then snap the cowling back in place...replace the fastners and you're done. Just take your time and have someone give you hand.
Since I didn't have my wipers in the 12 o'clock position, my assistant pulled up on the part just below the passenger wiper arm and the cowling rubbed against it and caused a little bit of damage. I had to carefully sand down the edge and paint it flat black. Good luck!

Some pics from another site:
Cabin Filter Replacement Instructions (PICS) - FordMuscle

Purolator's instructions (click on Installation):
Filter Specifications

Mark25,
Excellent write-up. I appreciate you taking the time to write this up for me as I'm mechanically-challenged. thanks again! Sorry, as some of the other stangers have indicated, I can't wait for the "wet feet" or "pizza" smell LOL.
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Greg, no sweat...all I know is that changing the engine air filter is a heck of a lot easier.

I only had 6K miles on my filter and it looked like it could easily go for another 10K miles (and I use the a/c and heat all the time depending on the weather)...I did change it out since it was a bit of an ordeal.
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