Replace The Dust & Pollen Filter on a Honda S2000
Replacing the Dust & Pollen filter won't get you a boost in horsepower or make your ride any slicker, but it will give you clean cabin air - who can say no to that?
This job is a little finicky requiring removing plastic and rubber trim pieces, but don't be put off - it's pretty simple and shouldn't take you that long at all.
- Optional: Some pliers if the plastic clips become stubborn (This wasn't an issue for me)
When to replace your Dust & Pollen Filter
The owner's manual recommends replacing the filter every 30,000 miles
Getting access to the filter
The filter is under a plastic trim on the passenger side near the windshield. You'll need to lift this piece to get to the filter.
The plastic trim is attached with clips, and the clips are covered with a piece of rubber stripping. You can remove all the clips but I was able to just remove the first four on the passenger side to be able to lift the plastic up enough.
Push up slightly on a clip from below, then carefully remove the rubber stripping by pulling on one side of the rubber to free it from one of the tabs on the clip. Once one side is free you can pull on the opposite side to free the trim completely from the clip. Repeat this process for the first four clips.
With the trim partially removed you can press up fully on the clips to pop them through the top. Be careful not to lose them.
With the clips removed you can pull up on the corner of the plastic. Here in the picture you can see the filter.
Removing the filter
You should be able to now grab on the filter and pull it out. You may need to some fanegaling but it'll eventually worm it's way out of there.
Preparing the new filter
What you removed in the previous step was the filter connected to the filter housing. Now you'll need to remove the old filter and replace it with the new filter.
The filter is secured to the housing with a few clips. Undo the clips and push the old filter through, then push in the new filter.
Installing the new filter
Note the correct orientation for the filter:
Also pay attention to this tab pictured. This tab will need to be inserted first at the back of the hole (the portion closest to the windshield).
Put the new filter into the hole (pictured), just make sure you attempt to insert the tab in first and insert it in the correct orientation and you'll be able to snap it into place.
Reinstalling the trim
Reseat the plastic trim, then push the clips back into the four holes from the top. They should snap in easily.
Push up slightly on a clip and insert one of the clip tabs into the corresponding hole on the bottom of the rubber stripping.
Once half of the clip is inside the rubber stripping pull on the opposite side to stretch the trim, enabling you to slide the other tab into the trim hole. Repeat this for the other remaining clips.