Heck yea! It was actually pretty cool to see how dirty it was. I mean I've been reading up on this thread and been meaning to do it, but I had no idea it was that bad. I was more occupied with my engine and suspension than anything else with the CRV. Each time I would stick the vacuum in there it would suck up more junk. There weird thing is wondering how old those pine needles and bugs were? Obviously the cabin has a cleaner smell to it now too. I imagine my air fresheners will last longer now.
Do you not use activated carbon filter? Looks too white.
2001V pushing 180K
I tried this method yesterday, unfortunately, the bar bent right at one of the alignment holes for the right glovebox mount. I got the filter in OK in about 10 minutes, but spent the best part of the next hour removing the lower parts of the center console to get at those pesky bolts, to remove the bar and bend it back into shape with the help of my bench-vise and a hammer.
I have learned from my mistake, its worth it to take the time to do it right the first time. Stupid design though.
2001 CR-V LX, 5-speed, 100 000 km
1998 Accord LX V-Tech, 5-speed, 280 000 km
Thanks for the pics, write-up, and additional comments from all. It made changing my filter very easy. One comment to add is consider getting a new foam gasket to go around the frame. When I used my shop vac to clean my frame, the gasket pretty much desintegrated. 11 years and 140K miles will do that! The new gasket made everything snug and airtight again. I even sprayed a little Febreeze into the recirc duct while I was there, and the whole AC and heat system now smells fantastic!
1998 CR-V LX
2003 Accord EX
2000 Accord LX
I want to thank everyone who posted help.
I purchased a cabin filter about 5 years ago, but never changed it.
I took over driving the CRV this summer when my wife got a new vehicle. The lack of air flow with the AC pushed me to finally change it.....boy was the wife mad when air actually blew out of the vents again! "Why didn't you change it while I was still driving it?!!!" I guess I had a little more "push" when I was the one driving it with very little cool air blowing out ;-)
I'm too embarrassed to even post the picture of the thing....it was much worse than any of the pictures posted in this thread. I don't even see how any air got through it. It was the original cabin filter after 220,000 miles!