How to Replace the Cabin Filter in a 2002 VW Golf TDI

The cabin filter in a VW can be compared to the filter in your home furnace. It traps and prevents particulate from pollen, dust, smoke, and other outdoor sources from contaminating the interior air. The filter should be replaced every 20,000 miles (32,000 km).


  1. 1
    Locate the cabin filter. The cabin filter is located in the upper right hand corner on the passenger side of the engine compartment.
  2. 2
    Engage the hood latch in the cabin compartment.
  3. 3
    Raise the engine hood.
  4. 4
    Using your fingers, lift up on the hood water seal located in the back of the engine compartment.
  5. 5
    Using a Phillips screwdriver with a #2 bit, remove the four (4) screws securing the trim housing the cabin filter.
  6. 6
    Using your fingers, remove the cabin filter trim.
  7. 7
    Remove the cabin filter from its tray and discard.
  8. 8
    Install the replacement cabin filter in its tray.
  9. 9
    Reinstall the cabin filter trim.
  10. 10
    Using a Phillips screwdriver install the four (4) cabin filter trim screws that were previously removed.
  11. 11
    Install the water seal in its grooves.


  • Make sure that the water seal is properly sealed to prevent water leaks.

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips screwdriver with a # 2 bit.

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