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#1 52graphite

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 01:44 PM


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.
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Posted 08 March 2011 - 05:35 PM

c-max,s-max,kuga,focus and mk 4 mondeo r all like that, as u say would like to get hold of the person who desgined this

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Posted 15 March 2011 - 10:08 AM

52graphite, I did warn you in your other post that it is not a straight forward job and that is why I only change it every two years and not yearly. We only do about 6k miles a year in the CMax anyway. I manage to replace it without the need of taking the glove box off, but it is awkward to get to and you definitely need to remove the fuse box and the bracket holding it.
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Posted 15 March 2011 - 12:20 PM

Yes, I remember the warning, but I was determined to do it. Not actually difficult per se, just mind-bogglingly long-winded for a frequent service item. Must have been a struggle with the glovebox still in place, though...
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