How to Change a Pollen Filter in a BMW E36

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How to Change a Pollen Filter in a BMW E36
Dirt road driving shortens the life of the filter. (dirt road image by Tomasz Plawski from

The BMW E36 is also known as the 3-series models. Many E36 BMWs are equipped with a microfilter that prevents dust and pollen from entering the passenger compartment. BMW recommends replacing the filter every 15,000 miles or once a year. If you drive in extreme conditions such as on dirt roads or thick traffic, the life of the pollen filter is shortened. A clean pollen filter improves air circulation throughout the ventilation system and keeps the air in the car cleaner.

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Things you need

  • Philips screwdriver
  • New filter

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  1. 1

    Remove the screws holding in the rectangular panel beneath the glove compartment.

  2. 2

    Lift off the panel to expose the pollen filter access door.

  3. 3

    Remove the four screws on the filter compartment door. Remove the filter compartment door.

  4. 4

    Pull the old filter out of the filter compartment.

  5. 5

    Remove the old filter from the compartment. Remove the filter from the filter frame.

  6. 6

    Insert the new filter into the filter frame.

  7. 7

    Slide the filter into the compartment.

  8. 8

    Replace the filter access door and the four screws that hold it in place.

  9. 9

    Replace the rectangular panel. Replace the screws that hold the panel in place.

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