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2008-2013 Cadillac CTS General Discussion Discussion, Cabin Air Filter in Cadillac CTS Second Generation Forum - 2008-2013; I just ordered a Fram "Freshbreeze" carbon filter for $20. Removes odor and dust. Will report back after installation. http://www.framfreshbreeze.com/ ...
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    Re: Cabin Air Filter

    I just ordered a Fram "Freshbreeze" carbon filter for $20. Removes odor and dust. Will report back after installation.

    http://www.framfreshbreeze.com/

    Hammer

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    Re: Cabin Air Filter

    Have used Fram Fresh Breeze since they came out back in 08/09. And installs are easy for any brand. I can even do it. Instructions in manual are thorough. I was just surprised that the filter fits loosely in the frame. I would have thought it would be tight to ensure all air flows thru filter, but I guess thats just the way its designed. Not sure if current filters for 2012 CTS's are the same as original ones. They do last a long time before needing replacement. Best time to check is after the annual spring deluge of pollen.

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    Re: Cabin Air Filter

    Quote Originally Posted by tinman View Post
    By the way, the Bosch filter has no external plastic skeleton like HurstGN's p.o.s. filter he described.
    Hey, I spent good money on that p.o.s. Show a little respect for the $ I'll never get to enjoy. I did at least get knowledge for my $.

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    Re: Cabin Air Filter

    Quote Originally Posted by Maxie Brown View Post
    I was quoted $50.00 for the filter, plus 1 hour for install. I thought it was excessive but I could certainly be wrong, is it really that hard to install?
    as already mentioned several times.

    This is a 10minuite job. You need an 8mm nut driver or 1/4'' ratchet and socket.

    It's litertally;

    remove engine bay weather stripping on passenger side

    remove the 3-4 screws that hold the acess panel on the passenger side

    remove top cover inside the cowl, it's cliped on.

    R&R filter.

    Replace top cover.

    replace cowl acess panel and WS..

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    Re: Cabin Air Filter

    I would recommend either the AC or bosch ones. I got bosch ones.

    Here's what to do if you don't want to change it yourself. Keep it in the trunk At your next service, your dealer will likely remove your old one and say "look, it's dirty, you need to replace it" then you can tell to just put the clean one that's in the trunk in the car back instead. that should keep them from taking apart your car without authorization in the future.
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    Re: Cabin Air Filter

    video instruction on changing engine air filter
    http://www.carcarekiosk.com/video/20...engine/replace

    on changing cabin air filter
    http://www.carcarekiosk.com/video/20..._cabin/replace

    For many years I purchased high grade pollen furnace filter and cut them to be used for my 3 vehicles costing me about $20.

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    Re: Cabin Air Filter

    Maxie Brown - I have changed my Cabin Air filter and by following the instructions in the manual it couldnt be easier. If I can do it you can too. I chose the Fram Fresh Breeze but as long as you choose a quality brand its your decision. It lasts quite a while before needing a change. Depends too on where you live. In northeast and southeast - cars get yellow in the spring from all the tree pollen. So that might be a good time of the year to change it after the pollen stops. Costs for most are less than $25. You might have to get it off internet as I have found some brands are hard to find in places like AutoZone, etc., or they dont have more than 1 brand if you want to compare them.

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    Re: Cabin Air Filter

    The good news on this is that for 2011 & up model years, all CTSs come with free scheduled maint which includes 1 cabin filter per year. So, my wife got hers replaced in Nov when i was home for a few days leave, and the extra bosch one i bought for her i will just use in the STS when it gets too dirty.

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    Re: Cabin Air Filter

    I like that cabin filter video. Steps in order... remove and replace. Next step... check air flow direction before removing. Classic!

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    Re: Cabin Air Filter

    When you watch this video you'll see that leave out a key step - remove the top cover/shroud that houses the filter. It is clipped in as mentioned in a previous post. Makes the filter change much easier..

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