I decided to attempt to change my pollen filter 2day. Bought the filter at the local vaux garage charged £11. Printed off the guide from here to help. Had the car since Oct 08 (its a Feb 04 reg) and dont think its being changed in any service Ive had the car. Anyhow had the bits but had to use pliers on the end of the bits to removed the screws (what does everyone else use to attach their torx/socket bits on?). Found that I needed a 5.5mm socket to remove the gold screws. A 6mm had no grip. Had difficultly getting the 'catflap' up and also trying to remove old filter. Does seem to be quite dirty.
Anyhow I need advice on which way the new filter should sit in (as the old filter doesnt resemble the new filter (i used the part no. in this guide); should the arrows point towards the boot and inside the cabin rather than towards the engine? see pics below;
Old filter facing the way it was in the slot (foam pointing towards the front and arrows and part no. on lower end);
Old filter from underneath and arrows were pointing towards the boot/inside of the cabin and also showing part no.;
Dirt of old filter ;
Should the new filter be inserted with the arrows pointing towards the boot and with the arrows and air flow information on the the lower end when inserted? And should use try to hover old dirt from where the filter came from? Thanks