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I need help in removing my dust and pollen filter. I bought a 2000-20005 service manual from Honda but it doesn't help. My Insight is a 2002. I have removed the glove compartment box door and the metal bracket that runs at the bottom of the glove box but I don't know how to remove the plastic from the dash that runs in front of the metal bracket. This stops me from removing the old filter and instaling a new one. Can anyone help! Thanks-Mike
 

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Just got done taking mine out on Saturday. The plastic has to be cut out and trashed. There is sort of a dotted line of vaccant areas near the two ends that allow for easier cutting. The service mentions it somewhere in the AC section for another service issue, but for some reason the shows the filter being removed from below instead of out the side as it must be removed in reality.
 

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Rex Bradley said:
The service mentions it somewhere in the AC section for another service issue, but for some reason the shows the filter being removed from below instead of out the side as it must be removed in reality.
On Insights without A/C, the filter is removed by sliding it downwards. Most Insights have A/C.
 

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I still can't figure out why Honda put that plastic "bar" there. The factory instructions even say to cut it out. Also, once you get it out, I've found it's easier to leave the right-most bolt partially in the metal bar and swing it downward. That bolt is a pain to get back in since it's benind the trim panel.
 

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It's stupid for Honda to have a part we have to cut out, when other manufactures just use bolted in parts. They make it much easier to get to the filter. We shouldn't even have to unbolt the glove box, Honda should look to Toyota for how to do this correctly.
 

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I think it's to give the dash needed support for the initial installation. IE it would probably try to fold in half there otherwise. Not granted the Insight pollen filter is not super easy to replace.
 

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And Toyota needs to look at Honda for how to do the Hybrid system right :!: Talk about a pricy piece of complex over engineering :!:
Yea but the Prius isn't much more expensive than the Insight. True it can be with the option package you pick but, you get more room.

But all I was saying is if other manufactures can make a glove box door that comes off with easily removable pins, why can't Honda?
 

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Cabin air filter

Mike:

I have a 2001 model and I replaced the cabin air filter about a month ago. You don't have to cut the plastic if you remove all the anchor screws you can as far the left side of the center console. I found that I was able to get enough slack in the plastic to force if down far enough to extract the filter. It's far from easy, but it is doable.

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James,

But that is an even harder way to get to the filter. We really shouldn't have to take any bolts off. I think Honda did this so many would take their car in for service to get it done. The harder it is to do, the less owners want to work on their cars.

Don't get me wrong, I like my little car but can't stand how things that should be of a simple design tend to be complex.
 

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Resist said:
But all I was saying is if other manufactures can make a glove box door that comes off with easily removable pins, why can't Honda?
While you may have said it, you didn't type it so I was left to understand something different. ;)

All I am saying is that some people see a great car and accept that nothing is perfect. Others only see the shortcomings.
 
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