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I've just spent the last hour and a half trying to get the new cabin filter in. I don't mean the whole job, I mean just the part trying to slide it in. I've been maintaining my own cars for 20 years now, everything from air filters to transmission pulling, engine swapping, transmission rebuilding. This is the most annoying job I've ever done, and it's not even a close race. There's a plastic bracket holding some electronic module (not pictured or mentioned in the Haynes manual) that does not allow the filter to slide in straight. You have to bend it around in two different axes while pushing the filter in. I got the module off, but can't see how the bracket might come off. Wasted about 20 minutes on that. Now I'm questioning whether I'm putting the filter in the correct orientation. I thought I was doing it the same way the old one came out, but maybe that one wasn't really in right in the first place, or maybe I'm not remembering its orientation. Is there reference showing how it goes in? Any tips anyone can offer up?
Whoever came up with this design, for something you're supposed to replace on an annual basis, really needs to be punched in the face hard.
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