I do not have those 2 tabs on mine...
I think you need to lift up from the bottom of the tabs - swiftly and with some force. They look like they will snap right off. Once those tabs are off, use the right and left hand spring-loaded pinch closures to remove the cover.Per the maintenance schedule, we are replacing our cabin air filter for the first time. Very simple to get to (behind the glove box) but I noticed there are two "tabs" preventing the air filter cover from being removed. Are you supposed to cut these tabs off the first time you change it? If so, what in the world would be the point of these? Just to see if people are actually replacing it??? If so, that seems very silly
Am I missing something?
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It doesn't make sense to me -- from a pure engineering perspective -- that KIA would design a "locked-in" closure, one needing a special cutting tool to gain access on a simple filter housing.The tabs are molded into the plastic - they do not come off or detach. If you pull on them and twist them, you will see that they are connected. The only way to remove them, would be to cut them off
That is exactly what I am thinking... why would Kia do that?It doesn't make sense to me -- from a pure engineering perspective -- that KIA would design a "locked-in" closure, especially one needing a special cutting tool to gain access.
HAS to be something like that.Maybe just apart of the molding and someone forgot to clip it at the factory…
Mine didn’t have those. I just changed it again. I have 57000 on it nowIt will interesting to find out if there is even a filter behind those clips.
It's been a couple of weeks, what happened? - the suspense is killing us .....That is exactly what I am thinking... why would Kia do that?
Now you don't need a special cutting tool to remove them... some decent scissors would do it or you can probably just twist them back and forth until it gives - but it doesnt make sense to me.
Hope he is still active to read this ....and second, the OP better get that plastic wrap off his cabin filter.
Just replaced mine as well (1st time). No tabs, no shrink-wrap, all normal and air filter was dirty.Mine didn’t have those. I just changed it again. I have 57000 on it now
Did anyone notice he put it in upside down? Even though he said the airflow was down, the arrows were pointing up...If you watch this video (2021 Sorento), he does not have them. But if you look close you see that it looks like they USED to be there - cause you can see the little stumps from them.
Does yours have any little "stumps" in those spots?