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It hasn't been officially a year since we purchased our '16 Fwd 2.0 Ecoboost & i was curious about how dirty the cabin air filter was. Mind you, the car is in a garage most of its life & has a little over 12,200 miles. This thing was FILTHY. I mean nearly black. I don't know if it's a good thing, or a bad thing, since it kept all of that from entering further into the cabin.

 

I believe it's supposed to be changed once a year according to the manual, but i may do twice a year by the looks of it. The filter is a Motorcraft FP-71.I purchased mine from Amazon for $14.44 +tax. Well worth the investment!

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Any P/N on the original filter? I don't think they put in charcoal filters, but ya never know :)

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It didn't line up with with anything. But i believe that the new filter had the same markings. Neither had FP-71 mentioned anywhere.

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Wow, that is really dirty! I swapped mine out with a K&N re-usable. I plan to clean it every other oil change. Went in just after the first of the year so I don't think it could be that dirty, but I guess I should check it!

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Definitely would check it. It may also help to note that neither of us smoke, but the wife doesn't like having the windows down while going over 55 due to the wind noise, so we do use the blower function a lot.

 

Chef, never used a reusable cabin air filter. How do you tell if it's dirty or not or when it's time to clean?

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Lild, I have never used a re-usable cabin airfilter so I guess I'll have to figure that out! I have used re-usable air filters for my engine intake, but this is a first for a cabin filter. I figured I'd just clean it every other oil change when I clean the intake filter and it should be ok, I guess!

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It hasn't been officially a year since we purchased our '16 Fwd 2.0 Ecoboost & i was curious about how dirty the cabin air filter was. Mind you, the car is in a garage most of its life & has a little over 12,200 miles. This thing was FILTHY. I mean nearly black.

That looks exactly like the one in my MKX. That's a charcoal filter, it's supposed to look black. One way to tell how dirty it is, after you remove it, hold it up to the sun and look through it. A really dirty filter is difficult to see sunlight through it.

 

This is the filter I use on my 2009: ATP Automotive FA-14 Carbon Activated Premium Cabin Air Filter https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004A6NBO2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_rhmVybTZX85QQ

Notice it looks black right out of the box.

 

I spray the filter with this filter spray to improve its efficiency:

PuraClean Filter Spray https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0145I072I/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_GkmVybXHJXJAJ

I use this on my furnace filters to improve their efficiency.

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Doesn't appear to be a charcoal filter. I don't have the filter any more & i'm too lazy to look at the filter in the car, but I want to say that the part #'s were the same between the two filters. Maybe in the next few days I'll pop open the glove box & compare it with the above picture. The owners manual on my 2016 does call for a FP-71

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This is the filter I use on my 2009: ATP Automotive FA-14 Carbon Activated Premium Cabin Air Filter https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004A6NBO2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_rhmVybTZX85QQ

Notice it looks black right out of the box.

 

Thanks Enigma.

Gen II Edge owners - Here is the aftermarket Activated Charcol filter that fits the 2.7 & 3.5 (2.0 unverified): https://www.amazon.com/automotive-FA-21-Carbon-Activated-Premium/dp/B01IW17N3U It is definitely sturdier/denser than the OEM one.

Installation is a bit different as well. There is a little lever on the outboard side of the glovebox that you loosen, then press up on the two tabs on the top that keep the glovebox from dropping. You'll then need to remove two screws before you can access the filter. After removing the screws, be careful popping off the side tabs next to the screws. I broke one of mine. Not a big deal since the screw is what holds the cover in place, but they are thin plastic.

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Doesn't appear to be a charcoal filter. I don't have the filter any more & i'm too lazy to look at the filter in the car, but I want to say that the part #'s were the same between the two filters. Maybe in the next few days I'll pop open the glove box & compare it with the above picture. The owners manual on my 2016 does call for a FP-71

When I bought my car (used), it was obvious that it had not been changed in a long time (years). It was filthy, but it was not black. Full of dirt and bugs, but it was still mostly white. The only filter I've ever seen that was uniformly black was a charcoal filter. I can't imagine what kind of air you drove through that could turn a filter black (soot?).

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Definitely installed a Non Carbon, OEM Cabin Air Filter, Motorcraft FP-71. Only difference this year was the price. It went up about $5 for the same thing as last year. $20.51 shipped from Amazon

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Well if that's 12k miles, that car has seen a lot of back Texas roads. lol.

 

If you haven't installed it yet, can you slap a tape measure on it and let me know what the dimentions are?

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If you haven't installed it yet, can you slap a tape measure on it and let me know what the dimentions are?

 

According to Amazon they're 11.9 x 7.6 x 4.5 inches, but it's definitely not 4.5 inches tall, the other 2 #'s seem correct

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4.5" is probably for the box's size.

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Definitely installed a Non Carbon, OEM Cabin Air Filter, Motorcraft FP-71. Only difference this year was the price. It went up about $5 for the same thing as last year. $20.51 shipped from Amazon

If your cabin air filter is that dirty, what about your engine air filter?

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Not that bad actually when i changed it a few months ago. The wife has the car at work so i can't show the difference with a brand new one.

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can you slap a tape measure on it and let me know what the dimentions are?

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Thank You! Was curious about how the compare with the gen 1 versions.

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Definitely installed a Non Carbon, OEM Cabin Air Filter, Motorcraft FP-71. Only difference this year was the price. It went up about $5 for the same thing as last year. $20.51 shipped from Amazon

Nearly 6 months to the day... Replacing the cabin air filter again.....

 

Bought 3 from Tousely Ford Parts for cheaper than ebay or Amazon,$55 for 3 shipped to my door. $31 on Amazon & $20 on ebay for 1.

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