How to Change a Cabin Air Filter on a 2002 Ford Ranger

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How to Change a Cabin Air Filter on a 2002 Ford Ranger
The air filter in a Ford Ranger traps harmful debris. (car heater vent image by robert mobley from

On a 2002 Ford Ranger, the cabin air filter is responsible for keeping your heating, air-conditioning and venting system in tip-top shape. When the air filter gets clogged, harmful gases and damaging particles could flow through your system, causing a hazardous environment for both you and your car. If your venting system seems slow or smells stale, it may be time for an air-filter replacement. Your cabin's air filter should be changed every 12,000 to 15,000 miles. Fortunately, this is a relatively simple task even if you do not consider yourself mechanically inclined.

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Things you need

  • New cabin air filter
  • Shop rag
  • Phillips screwdrivers

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  1. 1

    Lift the bonnet of your Ranger to expose the engine.

  2. 2

    Locate the cabin air-filter compartment just beneath the passenger-side windshield.

  3. 3

    Open the black lid on the container by removing the retaining screw with your Phillips screwdriver.

  4. 4

    Pull the old filter out, using caution to not let loose debris fall back into the cabin container.

  5. 5

    Wipe the inside of the filter container out with your shop rag.

  6. 6

    Insert the new filter with the black plastic tabs pointing upward, just as the previous filter had been resting.

  7. 7

    Replace the black cover and retaining screw, again using your Philips screwdriver.

  8. 8

    Close the bonnet of your truck and your Ranger's cabin air filter is now changed successfully.

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