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Ford Escape Cabin Air Filter Installation Guide
How to clean, replace or install the A/C system's cabin air filter element in a 2008-2012 Ford Escape SUV with pictures.

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Passenger Side Cowl
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Unscrew Plastic Fastener
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Pull Out Cowl Fastener

This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012) Ford Escape SUV in installing a cabin air filter element for the HVAC system, cleaning the existing filter, or replacing it with a new one.

Owners of other Ford, Lincoln, Mercury or related Mazda SUV, crossover, or hatchback vehicles such as the Edge, Explorer, C-Max, Expedition, E-150, E-350 Wagon, Flex, Transit Connect, MKX, MKT, Mariner, Mountaineer, Navigator, and Mazda Tribute may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible cabin air filter elements with their part numbers are as follows: Motorcraft FP66, Fram CF10548, Purolator C25685, Wix 49466, K&N 33-2347, Pentius PHB5685, Beck Arnley 042-2021, Ecogard XC25685, ACDelco CF2228, Champion CCF1844 and Mann MC 1046.

The only tool needed to install or access the cabin air filter is a standard Phillips head screwdriver.

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Remove Other Fasteners
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Four Cowl Fasteners
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Lift Up Plastic Cowl
The first two steps are to pop open the hood and move to the front passenger side of the engine bay.

Use the Phillips head screwdriver to loosen the four black plastic screws along the front edge of the cowl. Once the screw has been raised out of the center, you can pull the entire fastener out of the cowling.

(The entire cowling does not need to be removed just to slip in an air filter element.)

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Pop Open Filter Cover
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Two Filter Cover Clips
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No Factory Filter Installed



 

Lift up the passenger side of the cowling.

Pop open the oddly shaped cabin air filter housing cover by releasing the two clips at the front edge.

Most Ford Escape model years were not equipped with cabin filters from the factory, so you'll most likely see an empty space above the blower motor (which looks like a hamster wheel or "squirrel cage").

I recommend buying the Motorcraft FP66 cabin air filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

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Slide In New Cabin Filter
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Snap Filter Cover Closed
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Lower Cowl In Place
Orientate the new cabin air filter so that it slips neatly into the filter housing. You may need to push down on the filter to seat it properly.

Close the filter cover panel and push down until the two tabs snap in to their slots.

Lower the black plastic cowl piece over the filter housing.

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Insert Larger Outer Piece
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Pop In Black Plastic Screw
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HVAC Filter Installed
Secure the cowl in place by inserting the larger outer pieces of the four fastener pins first and then pop the black plastic screws in the center.

For more, please check out my other Ford Escape Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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