2011 ESCAPE XLT Cabin Air Filter Install

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2011 ESCAPE XLT Cabin Air Filter Install

Postby jenels4 - March 15th, 2011, 12:03 pm

I've been reading a few threads on ESCAPE-CITY about Ford Escapes. I came across numerous mentions that the cabin air filter is not installed at the factory, so I investigated it on my brand new 2011 Escape. They are right, its not there, but it will be.

The following picture is the engine bay of a 2011 FORD Escape XLT 2.5cc . The cabin air filter location is on the extereme left of this picture upnear where the hood hinges from the body. The passenger side.
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You have to remove 8 plastic screws from the cowl, which is one piece from the driver to passenger side. Then lift up the cowl, which will reveal another hatch that you must lift up to gain access to the cabin air filter placement box.
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Placement of the Cabin Air Filter: Auto Zone #CAF1844P (made in China) $22.00. Filter to me does not really "fit" in well, that could be because I told the salesperson I had a 2010 Ford Escape 2.5 engine and there may have been a design change from 2010 to 2011. The cage for the filter seems flimsy and looks like chicken wire wrapped around a box. You can see the top and bottom tabs (4) that hold the cabin air filter hatch in place.
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On the last picture, you'll notice two tabs just in front of the filter. Those are the tabs that keep the hatch for the cabin air filter closed. You have to pull towards the engine to "disengage" them. You'll have to be aggressive to get them to open and the whole tray will move like its going to break, but doesn't.
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Re: 2011 ESCAPE XLT Cabin Air Filter Install

Postby slavrenz - March 15th, 2011, 12:39 pm

Good write-up! I have a 2010 XLT 2.5L, and I agree that the filter does not fit well at all (and mine is from the dealer). The filter doesn't really rest in a formed casing - it just sort of rests on some molded plastic that slopes downward.

What I'm curious about, is why your vehicle has pink coolant in it - did Ford switch to a new kind of coolant for 2011? Mine is gold/green.
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Re: 2011 ESCAPE XLT Cabin Air Filter Install

Postby hutchej - March 18th, 2011, 9:21 am

Did they include the cabin filter on the 2011 LTD?
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Re: 2011 ESCAPE XLT Cabin Air Filter Install

Postby normkol - March 18th, 2011, 12:58 pm

Good write up and good pictures.

You really don't have to remove all 8 fasteners, the 4 on the passenger side should give you adequate access.

I had a 2002 Tribute, and the cabin filter there fit like it was made for it.

Why they went to this installation on later models, like my 2010, is beyond me. It was like a junior engineer was let loose and no one was supervising. The filter simply doesn't fit, and I used the oem Motorcraft.

BTW, the filter from Rock Auto is only about $13, for the Motorcraft.
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Re: 2011 ESCAPE XLT Cabin Air Filter Install

Postby jerrybb - March 21st, 2011, 5:04 pm

I also read about changing the filter, so I opened the compartment on my 2010 and found NOTHING. Just some dirt and twigs down in there, so I also got one at Pep Boys for $20 and installed it. A little sloppy as you said, but at least it's there now and seals ok I think. I'm the second owner but the car has only 16k on it, and I'll bet the PO never took it out, it came that way from the factory.
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Re: 2011 ESCAPE XLT Cabin Air Filter Install

Postby Squishy - March 21st, 2011, 5:37 pm

I'm pretty sure Escapes still don't come with a cabin air filter from the factory. The first gen models never did, for sure.
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Re: 2011 ESCAPE XLT Cabin Air Filter Install

Postby jeziorski_7 - March 23rd, 2011, 11:55 am

yeah i have a 2001 ford escape and when i checked mine it wasnt there either. Canadian tire had it for like 22 bucks so it was really easy to instal and you could feel a diffrence in the car.
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Re: 2011 ESCAPE XLT Cabin Air Filter Install

Postby barhoc11 - May 4th, 2011, 9:08 pm

Just curious, have any of you noticed a difference after installing the cabin air filter? I want to do this but it seems like since this is such an odd fit, maybe its not even worth the hassle.
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Re: 2011 ESCAPE XLT Cabin Air Filter Install

Postby tang - May 4th, 2011, 10:41 pm

Canada Panda wrote:I'm pretty sure Escapes still don't come with a cabin air filter from the factory. The first gen models never did, for sure.



Question: WHY?!
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Re: 2011 ESCAPE XLT Cabin Air Filter Install

Postby SUVord - May 5th, 2011, 5:18 am

Tang wrote:
Canada Panda wrote:I'm pretty sure Escapes still don't come with a cabin air filter from the factory. The first gen models never did, for sure.



Question: WHY?!


They just forgot!!!
Someone must have told them, since my 2004 had one.
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