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    How to replace the air filter

    How easy is it to replace the air filter, do I have to take to a special mechanic for this. I did the last oil change at walmart and they told me that since the air filter is closed, so they are not certified to open that and replace.
    I've got K&N 33-2125 filter, I think its the air filter for engine and not for the cabin, is it right?

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    Look up my name, I did a write up on how to install the K&N filter. I will try and find it for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaanee View Post
    walmart and they told me that since the air filter is closed, so they are not certified to open that and replace.
    LMAO, that's a new one to me.

    The air filter is definitely a DIY job, there should be a writeup in the Info Base forum. The Passat is a little trickier than most cars, on account of the engineers' treating the engine bay like an East Berlin apartment complex and trying to cram in as much as possible, but it's pretty straightforward and hard to screw up.

    Yes, you got the right K&N filter

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaanee View Post
    How easy is it to replace the air filter, do I have to take to a special mechanic for this. I did the last oil change at walmart and they told me that since the air filter is closed, so they are not certified to open that and replace.
    I've got K&N 33-2125 filter, I think its the air filter for engine and not for the cabin, is it right?
    Using that logic, are you sure they even performed the oil change correctly?

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    The Official K&N Air Filter Install Write Up

    Here it is, I tried to make it easy to follow along. Let me know if you have any questions, but it is relatively easy to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NEWMAN'SOWN View Post
    The Official K&N Air Filter Install Write Up

    Here it is, I tried to make it easy to follow along. Let me know if you have any questions, but it is relatively easy to do.
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by VAGguy View Post
    Using that logic, are you sure they even performed the oil change correctly?
    The guy told me that they are not certified mechanic and as per walmart policy they are not allowed to replace anything that is closed, he recommended me to take it to firstone for air filter change, and I'm assuming that they did oil change.

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    I see you have a V6...it's going to look a good bit different, but the fundamentals are the same--same air intake tube removal, same prongs, etc. No messing with heat shielding or anything like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashman78 View Post
    LMAO, that's a new one to me.

    The air filter is definitely a DIY job, there should be a writeup in the Info Base forum. The Passat is a little trickier than most cars, on account of the engineers' treating the engine bay like an East Berlin apartment complex and trying to cram in as much as possible, but it's pretty straightforward and hard to screw up.

    Yes, you got the right K&N filter
    So its the air filter for engine, and not the cabin air filter, right?

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    Cabin filter is even easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaanee View Post
    So its the air filter for engine, and not the cabin air filter, right?
    Yes, often they're also called "Air Cleaner" (or "Engine Air Filter") and "Pollen filter" (or "Cabin Filter"), respectively...you may also see Luftfilter and Innenraumfilterfrom German suppliers.

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    Is it DIY, is there any writeup on that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaanee View Post
    Is it DIY, is there any writeup on that?
    What year is your car?

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    Its 03 Passat GLX V6.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaanee View Post
    Its 03 Passat GLX V6.
    Ok, remove the large piece of plastic covering the whole engine compartment.

    Put it off to to the side

    On the far left area of where the cover that you had was removed, there will be the air filter.

    remove it and put in the new ne paying close attention to the way the arrows on the side of the filter are facing.
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    For 03 MY, once you removed the large plastic cover, you will see the pollen filter on the passenger side (US) close to the windshield. Just pull the plastic retainer upward which hold the filter in the middle edge then remove the old pollen filter. No screw involved.

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    Are there 2 separate air filters, one for the engine and the other for cabin air?
    and if so, your instructions correspond to which one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yrwei52 View Post
    Please re-read the posts.
    OK, sorry about that. Fixed
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    Please re-read the posts. Yes, there are 2 filters discussed here. K&N filter is the air filter for the engine. The pollen filter, where the post #15 and #16 discussed, is for the AC unit and cabin air.

    And the post #18 is for B5 (through production date Sep. 2000) not for B5.5 (from production date Oct. 2000). Your is B5.5.

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