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Correct pollen / cabin filter part?

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Old Nov 7th, 2018, 16:10   #1
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Default Correct pollen / cabin filter part?

After my oil and air filter change I'm going to now attempt the dreaded pollen / cabin filter change, but I'm finding it pretty confusing to know what aftermarket parts are correct.

I know the OEM part number is 30780376 but when you see compatible parts there's many BOSCH, MEYLE, MAHLE and MANN filters with slightly different (a few mm) sizes and also with or without activated carbon. Does it matter about these small differences, are they all OK?

Also does anyone know if there's a K&N pollen filter that's compatible with our cars? Like their air filters they're washable so I'd be interested in giving that a go if it's an option.

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i cheated and went with a gen volvo one
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Volvo-Pol...e1xk:rk:4:pf:0

the activated charcoal ones seem to cut the stench of diesel and others down nicely as well as pollen etc
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You need the genuine one with the charcoal, well worth the extra money.

I've never heard of a washable pollen filter, although it's only filtering the same air as the engine does the cabin filters always seem to be 'throw away' perhaps it's more to do with bacteria prevention.
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i cheated and went with a gen volvo one
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Volvo-Pol...e1xk:rk:4:pf:0

the activated charcoal ones seem to cut the stench of diesel and others down nicely as well as pollen etc
Ah that seems a pretty good price for a genuine one, will probably do that thanks

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You need the genuine one with the charcoal, well worth the extra money.

I've never heard of a washable pollen filter, although it's only filtering the same air as the engine does the cabin filters always seem to be 'throw away' perhaps it's more to do with bacteria prevention.
Yeah they do exist - https://www.knfilters.com/cabin-air-filters

I could only find ones for Volvo lorries listed on their website though so maybe they don't make them for our cars?
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Agree with charcoal part, disagree with OEM.
Something like Bosch active carbon filter will work as well as OEM and will cost half. I paid 13e for this.

ps - StatusRed - amazon link if u are interested. As for "washable" ones I can onlyh guess its not possible for our cars as you wouldnt fit the plastic-fixed frame in the spot, our filter has to be bendable. Maybe in trucks its different story.
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Agree with charcoal part, disagree with OEM.
Something like Bosch active carbon filter will work as well as OEM and will cost half. I paid 13e for this.

ps - StatusRed - amazon link if u are interested. As for "washable" ones I can onlyh guess its not possible for our cars as you wouldnt fit the plastic-fixed frame in the spot, our filter has to be bendable. Maybe in trucks its different story.
and the fitter of the filter also need to be bendable, not too fat not too skinny , have the skill to recover lost nuts and bolts from behind the carpeting, and teh ability to juggle 4 flaming torches whilst upside down in the passenger footwell,,


grab yourself a magnetic pickup tool, with a large head



type, and when you get the bolts holding the bracket almost out pop that on and do the last threads by fingers, saves dropping the bolts down the carpeting , and use it to get the bolts started in the threads when reassembly time oh and Something soft and padded that wont wreck the sill will be a Real bonus (your ribs will thank you later)
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Agree with charcoal part, disagree with OEM.
Something like Bosch active carbon filter will work as well as OEM and will cost half. I paid 13e for this.

ps - StatusRed - amazon link if u are interested. As for "washable" ones I can onlyh guess its not possible for our cars as you wouldnt fit the plastic-fixed frame in the spot, our filter has to be bendable. Maybe in trucks its different story.
Cheers I've gone for the Bosch option. Fitted a MEYLE activated carbon filter in my Saab a few months ago (was pretty easy, so I'm dreading changing it in my Volvo) :P

I've also got a 99p magnetic tool!
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Cheers I've gone for the Bosch option. Fitted a MEYLE activated carbon filter in my Saab a few months ago (was pretty easy, so I'm dreading changing it in my Volvo) :P

I've also got a 99p magnetic tool!
allow about an hour if its your first attempt. its not to difficult bu it help if your young and flexible which im not . took me abt 50 mins
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allow about an hour if its your first attempt. its not to difficult bu it help if your young and flexible which im not . took me abt 50 mins
I'm 25 haha, managed to change the headlight bulbs in my friend's Renault Clio which was apparently a bumper off job just using my hands in the space available, so I'm wishing and hoping this isn't as bad as people say!
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It's even worse with LHD... you have to remove the gas pedal first
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