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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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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.
 

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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
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.
 
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