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How to Change an Audi A3 Cabin Filter

Updated February 21, 2017

The cabin air filter in an Audi A3 keeps allergens, dust and debris out of the vehicle's air conditioning system. A dirty cabin air filter will cause the motors in the air conditioning system to have to work harder. Replacing a dirty cabin air filter in an A3 with a clean filter will increase air flow in the passenger cabin. Audi recommends replacing the cabin air filter in the A3 once a year or every 10,000 miles. Driving in dusty conditions will cause the cabin filter to become dirty more quickly. Whenever a cabin air filter becomes dirty or clogged, it should be replaced.

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  1. Open the hood. Locate the cowl on the passenger side where the cabin air filter cover is.

  2. Remove the screw from the cowl cover with the Philips-head screwdriver. Push the cover toward the front of the vehicle to remove it.

  3. Push up on the filter to loosen it from the filter housing. Pull the filter toward the front of the vehicle to remove it from the housing.

  4. Insert the new filter by lining up the notches on the sides of the filter frame to the grooves in the filter housing.

  5. Replace the cowl cover. Replace the screw that holds the cover in place.

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Things You'll Need

  • Philips-head screwdriver
  • Replacement cabin filter

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David Clair began writing for websites in 2001, creating online marketing content for business owners. He has written for Internet companies including eBay and creates training materials for an online education company. Clair is studying technical writing and pursuing an Associate of Arts in information technology from the University of Phoenix.

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