How to Install a Pollen Filter in Your Volkswagen

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One of the most fulfilling parts of owning a Volkswagen is caring for the vehicle and making sure that it receives all of the required services so it performs at its best. In this post, we’ll teach you how to install a pollen filter in your Volkswagen.

This guide, provided by our team at Norm Reeves Volkswagen in Irvine, uses a fifth-generation VW Jetta for the example, but the instructions are relatively the same among most Volkswagen models.

If you have any questions or need assistance, drivers in the Newport Beach, Mission Viejo, and Rancho Santa Margarita area should contact our service department.

Why Replace the Pollen Filter?

The pollen filter, also known as the cabin air filter, plays an important role in providing a comfortable cabin. It filters the airflow coming into the vehicle from the HVAC system to prevent pollen and other pollutants from entering the cabin space. This can include dust, smog, leaves, and mold spores.

Over time, as your pollen filter keeps working, it collects more and more debris. As the debris builds up, the filter becomes less effective and less clean air can pass through. So to keep your cabin air clean and clear of pollen, you’ll want to replace the filter occasionally.

How to Install the Pollen Filter

On the front passenger’s side of your Volkswagen, underneath the glovebox, you’ll find a foam cover inside the footwell. This cover has holes for the footwell air vents and is held in place by two screws. Behind this foam cover, you’ll find the pollen filter that we’ll be replacing.

If you have any questions about these steps, contact the service department at Norm Reeves Volkswagen in Irvine.

1. Remove the screws from the foam cover. Keep these screws in a safe place so you don’t lose them. Carefully, remove the foam cover by pulling down from the top vent holes and then place the cover off to the side.

2. At the bottom left corner of the now-uncovered footwell, you’ll see a long rectangular mounting plate that runs parallel to the dashboard. Slide the plate toward the passenger side door while pulling down. The mounting plate should come off and the pollen filter will be exposed.

3. Gently pull the pollen filter from its slot. Be careful not to knock any debris loose onto the carpet or into the air so you can avoid dirtying the interior. Throw away the old air filter.

4. Install the new pollen filter by carefully sliding it back into the slot inside the footwell. Make sure that the slanted corner of the filter is at the top right when putting it in.

5. Replace the mounting plate by sliding it into place, making sure to match the hooks with the slots on the filter.

6. Replace the foam cover, starting at the bottom and working your way up to the air vent holes. Be sure to tuck the sides behind the footwell walls. Then replace the two screws and you’re done

Need Help Replacing Your Volkswagen Pollen Filter?

If you’d like professional assistance from a certified Volkswagen technician, contact us at Norm Reeves Volkswagen in Irvine. Proudly serving drivers from across the Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Newport Beach area, our team will be happy to help you install your new pollen filter. Schedule an appointment today!

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