Honda Accord 98-02 6th Generation Pollen Filter Replacement.
(originally posted here , but images lost)
Not many tools are required for this one you'll be glad to hear! Some of the Philips screws on here are external hex headed so you can use a spanner or socket on them. You might find that they are too tight and start to strip the Philips Head or the clearances are more suited to a spanner.
1. Vac with Crevice Tool
2. Philips Screwdriver
3. 8mm Spanner
4. 8mm Socket
5. 10mm Socket
Preliminary steps and info.
The first step I undertake when working on the car around any wiring or electrics is to disconnect the Negative cable. You will need to know your radio code, this should be requested when the power is reconnected. The driver 'Auto' window will also need to be reset.
Press window down, when fully down keep the button down for 5 secs. Then pull up on the button, when window fully up keep button up for 5 secs – this should enable 'Auto' window. This is one action, do not let go the button until the very end.
Accessing the Pollen Filter.
We need to remove the passenger lower panel. This is held on with clips as you can see here.
I find grabbing around the base and a sharpish tug will free the panel. NB I am grabbing the base of the panel, not the fuse panel access door.
Removing the Glovebox
Open the glovebox and remove the two Philips (PH) screws.
Remove the x4 8mm screws from the upper bracket.
Remove the x7 Philips screws, then the bracket should be free. Move it out the way.
The glovebox should now be free apart from two clips behind it. I found the easiest way to remove it was to open the lid and pull a little on the lid supports. You might have an illuminated glovebox, the bulb and wiring will become visible as soon as freed from clips, therefore as soon as the box is free do not just pull it all the way out..LOOK for the bulb and wiring at the right hand side.
Look for the bulb, grab the base of itand just pull down and out.
Squeeze the white lugs of the clips and push them back through the lower bracket.
The lower bracket needs to be dropped,not fully removed. Undo the 8mm screw on the right with a spanner,no room for a screwdriver or socket. The 10mm just needs to be loosened enough. You need to then lift the right hand side up and over and then hopefully this bracket will pivot down to the right just enough for the job.
Lift the right of the lower bracket up and out then let it just hang there. Now disconnect the Blue Plug. This plug is the only one I'll be disconnecting.
Unclip the filter housing bracket from the larger clip underneath, then the top clip should be easier.
The filter bracket orientation, larger clip at bottom.
The next shots have the filter partially removed, so its a bit out of sequence. Do NOT pull too hard on the wiring in the next steps. You need to lift the upper loom up and out the way, the bottom loom and lower bracket down and out the way then pull the filter through. I didn't have enough hands to do this and photos but its easily understood whilst doing it.
Lower loom and lower bracket
Vacuum gently all the debris you can reach. Don't prod the tool around erratically inside.
Reinstall the new filter, note the flow direction.
.....is the reverse of removal. No need to describe the steps...
Reconnect the Battery, turn on the ignition and start the engine and ensure any dash warnings clear. Reprogram your radio and Auto window.
You have completed your 6th Generation Pollen Filter replacement.