What a coincidence I just installed mine today. Instead of a pollen filter
ford put a corrugated plastic to block large objects like leaves. It really
only takes about 10 minutes to install... just have to remove the plastic
shroud under the passenger side windshield wiper.
I got the FP38 filter from the dealer for $20 + tax.
If you follow the directions on the
http://www.myfordfocus.com/how-to/cabinfilter.htm site it's really easy.
Going on a road trip tomorow will let you know if it makes any difference.
What we have here is a failure to communicate, and a slight regional
misunderstanding. There is definite content differences on either side of
the Atlantic. For example, the North American Focus does not offer the
option of the automatic climate control which we Europeans can have. I see
nowhere on the US webpage any mention of a pollen filter with the US car, so
it may be that while the UK cars Paul is familiar with have a pollen filter,
the US cars do not.
However, pollen filters are certainly not limited to luxury cars.
In the US it may be called the cabin air filter
If it is fitted you will not see it from the engine compartment. It's
under a narrow cover between the back of the bonnet (hood) and the
From the Ford US site
Many Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles built since 1997 are equipped
with a Motorcraft® Cabin Air Filter. While most people may not even
know their vehicle has such a feature, they can certainly benefit from
Does Your Vehicle Have a Cabin Air Filter?
You can find out in your vehicle Owner’s Guide. You can download a
copy of your vehicle Owner's Guide in Glove Box Manuals.
How it Works
The Cabin Air Filtration System filters outside air, which enters the
passenger compartment through the vehicle’s heating, ventilation and
air conditioning systems.
Air entering the vehicle can contain millions of microscopic particles
such as dust, pollen and spores. The Cabin Air Filter can remove
airborne particles that are larger than 3 microns (a grain of sand
measures about 200 microns).
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