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Ford Fusion HVAC Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean and/or replace the A/C system's cabin air filter element in a 2006 to 2012 Ford Fusion with pictures.

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Ford Fusion Glove Box
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Open Glove Box
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Pull Side Stopper Inwards

This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 2006 to 2012 Ford Fusion in cleaning and/or replacing the HVAC system's cabin air filter element.

Owners of other Ford, Lincoln or Mercury vehicles such as the Fiesta, Mustang, Focus, Taurus, Flex, Edge, Expedition, Escape, Ranger, F-150, MKZ, MKS, MKX, MKT, Navigator, Milan, Grand Marquis, Mariner, and Mountaineer may also find this DIY instruction guide to be helpful.

A few new aftermarket cabin air filter elements compatible with the 2006 to 2012 Ford Fusion include the following with their respective part numbers: Fram CF11174, Wix 24367, TYC 800144P, Motorcraft AE5Z-19N619-A, ACDelco CF2232, Motorcraft FP-67 and Purolator C36099.

The only tool needed to clean and/or replace the cabin air filter in a Ford Fusion is a standard sized flathead screwdriver.

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Remove Left Stop Peg
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Glove Box Damper String
The first steps are to get into the passenger seat of the vehicle and open the glove box.

Then locate the rubber and black plastic stopper peg located on each side of the glove box. Pull the side walls of the glove box firmly inwards until the stopper pegs can be removed.

If you'd like more room to work, also release the black plastic fastener on the right side of the glove box that is attached to the spring loaded damper string before lowering the glove box down to the floor mat.

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Air Filter Access Cover
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Screwdriver Symbol
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Screwdriver Releasing Clip
Then locate the black plastic rectangular cabin air filter access cover. Insert the flathead screwdriver into the rectangular hole on both the left and right side of the filter cover to release the retaining clips.

If you have trouble releasing the cabin air filter cover clips, gently move the screwdriver towards the center of the cover. Be careful to not go too far which may cause the plastic clip to break off.

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Release Other Clip
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Release Damper String
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Lower Glove Box
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Remove Air Filter Cover
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Slide Out Old Air Filter
Pull the cabin air filter access panel away from the blower motor housing and set it aside in a safe place. The cover needs to be deflected downwards in order to get clear of the damper mechanism's tubular part.

Then slide out the old cabin air filter and pull it slightly downwards to get it past the glove box damper tubular piece.

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Air Filter @ 22,000 Miles
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Air Flow Indicator Arrow
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A/C Blower Motor Housing
The air flow indicator arrow printed on the old cabin air filter element points down to the floorboard.

If your old cabin air filter isn't too dirty, tap out the large debris and clean it with a wet/dry shop vacuum before sliding it back into the blow motor housing.

If the old filter is mostly dark grey or black and clogged with dirt, dust, hair, leaves, insects and other debris, it should be replaced with a brand new filter element.

I always buy the Fram CF11174 cabin air filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon. I also like how it has Arm & Hammer baking soda and carbon in the filter to keep the A/C system smelling fresh instead of moldy or musty.

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Slide In New/Cleaned Filter
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Air Flow Arrow Point Down
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Replace Filter Access Cover
Install the cleaned or new cabin air filter element back into the blower motor housing with the air flow indicator arrow pointing down and the pleats facing upwards.

Line up the air filter access cover and gently snap it back into place. Push on both side of the cover to ensure that both retaining clips are secure.

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Replace Damper String Clip
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Push Up Into Small Opening
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Push Stopper Peg In
Then raise the glove box up and re-attach the damper string fastener into the larger opening on the right side wall. Snap the round peg on the fastener up into the smaller hole to secure it in place.

To re-insert the black rubber/plastic stopper pegs on each side, firmly push the side walls of the glove box inwards.

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Push In Other Rubber Stop
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Glove Box Re-Installed
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Close Glove Box
Finally, close the glove box to complete the job.

For more, please check out my Ford Fusion Repair & Maintenance Guides page.
 

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