Just changed the pollen filter on the wife's '04 C-MAX, now I have the Haynes manual. Here's a hint - don't try to fit this into a spare 10 minutes, as you can do with a Mk3 Mondeo. I need to track down the person who designed the location for this part and... well, as this is the public internet, I'd better just restrict this to "give him a piece of my mind". Scarily, I probably know the person anyway from my time in The Blue Oval Office. For a part intended for fairly frequent service replacement, I can't think of many worse places to put it. On a RHD vehicle, you need to:
- Remove the passenger footwell "ceiling" carpet (2 clips)
- Unhook and drop the fusebox
- Remove the glovebox (two trim panels to unclip first then 7 Torx screws, one of which is hidden behind another trim panel that needs bending back to access; a wiring connector to disconnect; and a loose lock striker to not lose). Those 7 screws are two different types - note from whence each one came...
- Remove the fusebox mounting bracket (2 13mm nuts)
- Remove the pollen filter lid (3 7mm bolts, although only one bolt was present on mine, suggesting shortcuts by previous garages)
Even after all that, it's quite fiddly to remove the filter and replace with the new one without kinking it. Wouldn't surprise me if many garages don't bother, as no-one's going to check.