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

by Tonya Cunningham
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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.

Step 1

Lift the hood of your Ranger to expose the engine.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

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

Step 5

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

Step 6

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

Step 7

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

Step 8

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

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