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I've been reading here about cabin filters for an '09 Escape and I'm still confused. If this model doesn't come with a cabin air filter, is there a place to install one? Do you know the p/n for the filter that will fit?

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I don't think they have one?
 

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Moderator - Please move to "Problem and Solutions" if this is a better fit there. Thanks.

I talked to my Ford dealer and purchased a cabin air filter for my '09 Escape. Here's some info regarding the install:

The Motorcraft P/N for the filter is FP-66. On the filter itself the p/n is 8L8Z-19N619-AB. The cost at my dealer was $24.95 before tax. The filter has a a piece of 1/2" foam around the filter held by double stick tape. Because of the foam, I don't think it would be easy to make your own filter and have it seal properly. The filter comes in a cardboard box that describes it as a "Pollen Filter".
The cabin filter enclosure is located on the passenger side in the engine compartment under the cowl. Here's how I replaced the filter:

Remove 4 left most plastic cowl pins with a phillips head screw driver and while pushing up on the pins from underneath. Once the pin is removed, also remove the fastening clip.

Hold upon the left side of the cowl and underneath is the filter enclosure. Unfasten the front clip which wasn't so easy, and then there's another one to the right that will also just pop out on its own when you try to lift up the cover. I used a bright flashlight to better see what was going on.

The filter enclosure has a screen so large items such as leaves and pine needles won't get through. The filter came with a small piece of single sided and double sided stick tape and very basic instructions. I didn't use the tapes.

The filter is marked "top" so you install the filter with the correct orientation. The filter enclosure and cover are flimsy and the whole arrangement is kind of lame and difficult to get at. If you look at the filter, and then where it supposed to go, you might have doubt that the FP-66 filter will fit properly. The filter doesn't fit exactly, but the foam takes up the gaps where needed.

While holding up the cowl and filter box cover, slide the filter in place through the small opening. You'll have to just feel around and gently apply pressure around the edges until you think it's seated. There's no good visible way to confirm if the filter is properly seated all the way around, so you'll just have to guess and apply pressure around the filter but not too much because the filter will crush slightly. After it's seated, just close everything up.

I suffer from grass alergies so I really needed the filter now. It's not a difficult job but for something that needs occasional replacement, Ford should have made this more user friendly.

Also, the WIX website shows a cabin filter for a 2009 Escape as a temporary p/n 49466, but shows it as unavailable. I called a WIX dealer and they confirmed what I saw online. Hope this helps you.

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Did they move the enclosure for 2008/2009? The rest of the years had the cabin air filter housing on the right side (passenger).

If you have allergies, it's hard to make your own filter. The point of making your own is when you have no allergies but want something to keep debris and water out.
 

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Squishy said:
Did they move the enclosure for 2008/2009? The rest of the years had the cabin air filter housing on the right side (passenger).

If you have allergies, it's hard to make your own filter. The point of making your own is when you have no allergies but want something to keep debris and water out.
Squishy, I corrected my post to say passenger side to make it more clear. And I've read some people for other cars make their own cabin filters even with high MERV paper filters. But I agree it probably wouldn't seal well for any car.
 

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Dave,

Thanks for the info... much appreciated!!!

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Thanks for the info. I will be doing this very soon. I always wanted one on my previous '07. My 07 had the same box -- it was just easier to get at. Ford finally produced a filter for it.
 

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OK, so it is obvious the 09's will take a filter......but one thing isnt clear in the few threads around....do they come with the filter from the factory? Or is it just something you can add after the fact?

My escape is still pretty new thus not even near time to change it if there is one there, but if there is not one there, I would like to add it. I just dont feel like tearing everything apart just to verify one is there or not. :D
 
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