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3.2 Pollen Filter

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  1. clem2192
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    [Oct 13, 2010]
    I am going to replace the pollen filter on my A3 3.2. It has started steaming up a bit recently and I am unsure as to when it was last changed.

    I believe it is located somewhere in the passenger footwell but can someone please confirm?!
    Pics would be very helpful!

    I assume this an easy job but does anyone have a how to or any comments?

    Cheers!

    Ryan
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    Steaming up? The pollen filter should be dry.

    Its under the glovebox. If you look, there is two plastic clips that hold the grey foam in place, remove these & pull the foam out of the way. You will then see the bottom of the filter housing. there is a panel that you slide sideways in the dirction of the arrow and remove. You will then see the bottom of the filter, just need to man handle it out & new one in.
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    I read somewhere that if the pollen filter is knackered this can make the front windscreen to steam up more easy.....is this not the case?

    Ah well, if not I dont know the last time it was changed so cant do any harm!!

    Thanks for the information
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    also if you havn't bought the filter yet, can be bought quite cheap from audi-garages on ebay
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    I picked one up for £8 delivered, going to do mine tomorrow.
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    good job mate
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    This steaming up has started happening to mine, it never occured to me that the pollen filter would be responsible!

    Minsta - where did you pick one up from for £8?

    Smoothie - I checked ebay for an audi-garages seller but they dont seem to exist, any chance of a link please mate?

    Cheers
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    Cheers Smoothie - I take it all 8P A3's have the same pollen filter...
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    There are two types, a standard one or the more common version, one with anti-pollution layer.
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    Steaming up? -There can be NO possible connection... the whole idea is laughable!

    First make sure you're not using recirculated air... that's one thing which people don't tend to realise.

    Using the A/C with NO recirc. will dry the air and prevent steaming up.

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    you used to get it on the old A3 if the clip in the scuttle tray wasnt in right so all the rainwater ran into the car.
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    Cheers for the comments guys!

    I brought mine from a place called Zak Parts (zakparts.com) for £6.70 plus postage!

    Will give it a go at the weekend when it turns up!
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    You could try double glazing :)
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    Just changed mine, years of crud in it. Took 2 mins, piece of cake :)
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    Changed mine last night....the old one wasnt in a too bad a condition but was dirty and had some rubbish in it so thought may as well change it whilst it was out!

    Thanks guys!
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    Just changed my pollen filter over, it was pretty grim and even contained little bits of twigs'n'leaves which in turn may have been responsible for the dampness. T'was a nice straight forward swap, cheers for the tip Khufu.



    VWaddict - When checking out pollen filters I came across this - Bosch Automotive Aftermarket - Cabin filters - Do-it-yourself ... Bosch seem to concur with the OP that the pollen filter can/will be responsible for steaming up the windows...
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    so its a pretty easy change? i just got a brand new OEM one for £4 delivered of ebay, just bought it because it was a bargain lol
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    excellent
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    Changed my pollen filter over the weekend, was in a right old mess. Bought the filter from Lincoln Audi off the bay. Since learnt that there are 2 types, an active carbon and a paper filter. Think the original was the active carbon version as it was different to the paper filter I replaced it with, also different part numbers. May have to keep an eye on this as I gather the carbon filters are for AC/Climate control?

    Anyone else using a paper filter with AC/Climate control?

    **It wasn't expensive so have no problem replacing it as and when it starts to look a bit shabby, plus it has already made a difference in terms of how 'fresh' the CC now feels.
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    Could be wrong, but I believe that the activated carbon pollen filter is meant to be used in all cars fitted with climate control (aircon). The simple paper filter is for cars with only a heater. This makes sense since there is always an issue with the aircon heat exchanger getting damp and causing a smell in the car.
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