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Hello, forum! My name is Matt and I am a newbie here. I did post an introduction in the New Members forum, in case you would like to know more.

I installed a new cabin air filter into "The CARDIS" this past weekend and I ran into a few issues. It's amazing how something so seemingly simple can cause problems. I used to work at a shop; I've changed plenty of filters to date. But something about the CAF on my V tripped me up.

Everything went smoothly during removal. However, during reinstallation, I could not get the top of the filter to seat properly. I removed the first new filter to find that top locking tab on the filter had broken. I assumed that it came that way so I went back to AutoZone and swapped it for another filter. That filter wouldn't seat properly either. After too many minutes of messing with the filter, I attempted to use force and alas, another broken tab.

It's hard as bonkers to see down there under the dash but I was able to maneuver my iPhone (w/ camera light burning) into the space and did not notice anything that looked out of the ordinary. The filter simply doesn't seat.

So... has anyone else encountered a similar problem? Any bad experiences with STP's cabin filters? Or did I just have two back-to-back cases of the cerebral fuzzies?
 

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I used a beck/arnley filter and the tab was noticeably cheaper then stock. I too snapped the tab off during installation. I just left it like that and planned to purchase a higher quality party next time around.
 

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I have replaced the cabin air filter three or four times now on mine. I have used several different brands, some bought locally and one or two from amazon. So far, I have managed to get the filter in without breaking the tab. It has been about a year since I last replaced one, so my memory is a little fuzzy on what exactly the trick is but from what I recollect, the tab has to be somewhat flimsy and flexible because it has to be manipulated a little bit to get it to fit. Very little force is needed for this, and I always have to mess with it a little to get it to work.

I might have this backwards, but I believe you have to kind of push it down a little bit, then in and back up again to get it to catch. It is a stupid design that takes something simple and makes it more difficult than it should be, not that this is a complex thing to do. I wouldn't fault the brand of filter you are using.
 

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Can't say I like the design either. I broke both tabs on a WIX filter (first one I tried installing myself) and the STP filter seems a bit small, so I just sandwiched a piece of wood between that and the glove box to hold it in place. I still have that WIX, so I'll just throw it in when needed and repeat, then try again with a new filter.
 
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