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You can sometimes (if you have 2 elbows on each arm) reach around the back of the intake manifold and replace the coil pack using a 1/4 inch rachet with a 7mm socket.
Most of the time you need to remove the plastic cowl assembly located under the windshield wipers. To do this remove both wiper arms by lifting the plastic covers at the bottom of each wiper arm. Remove the 15mm nuts that hold the wiper arms down and wiggle the arms while pulling upwards until they come off (take note of which is left and right, they are different sizes). Next remove the plastic phillips screws/ plastic rivets that hold the cowl down on the bottom towards the engine(the screw comes up half way and when you pull up the base/ rivet comes up with it).
Next pull up on the cowl where it meets the windshield left or right side and you will hear the retainers snap and release. Continue pulling until the cowl is loose. Next disconnect the hoses that go to the washer nozzles. Put the cowl aside.
Next remove the micron filter located on the passengers side of the cowl (if it has one it is a good time to replace it). Remove from left to right 8or 9 8mm bolts that hold the lower cowl down. On the drivers side disconnect the 8 pin connector for the wiper motor. Now disconnect the washer fluid hose that goes thru the cowl on the passengers side. Lift up on the cowl and you should be able to wiggle it out and set it aside. You can now see the coil pack behind the intake manifold. Take note of spark plug wire location on the coil pack because they have to go back on in the same order.. Reassemble in reverse order. Note that while the cowl is off it is a great time to replace the spark plugs on the back of the engine.
Good luck to you and congratulations for doing it yourself
The cabin air filter is located directly underneath the cowling at the base of the windshield on the passenger side of the car. To access the cabin air filter, you will need to remove the cowling. First, open and lift the hood. Second, locate two plastic pins securing the plastic cowling at the base of the front windshield, on the passenger side. One is located under the wiper blade, near its base. Use a small screwdriver or similar tool to carefully lift/pop up two plastic pins securing the cowling, taking care not to damage the plastic pins. (You want to lift the pins, and not the anchors that look like washers beneath the heads of the pins. Carefully pull the plastic pins and their plastic anchors (once you pull the pin up, you can safely remove the anchor). Take caution not to damage the pins and anchors as you will need them to rescure the cowling when you are finished replacing the cabin air filter. Before you remove the cowling, carefully pull back the rubber gasket and windshield washer fluid tubing at the base of the cowling. You can now safely remove the cowling, and you will see the cabin air filter below. Remove the old cabin air filter and replace it with a new filter. Reverse this process to reinstall the cowling, gasket, and pins once you have replaced the filter.
Disconnect and isolate the battery negative cable.
Remove the engine fresh air housing inside the engine compartment.
Disconnect the washer hose at the in-line connector forward of
the cowl grille so that the in-line connector remains with the washer
hose from the fresh air plenum.
Disconnect the washer hose from the hose clip located on the front fender side shield.
Remove the filler tube screw.
Hoist and support vehicle on hoist or jack stands.
Remove the right front wheel and tire assembly.
Disconnect the left right front wheelhouse splash shield and move aside.
Drain washer fluid from the reservoir and into a suitable clean container. This can be done by disconnecting the windshield washer hose
from the front (outboard) washer pump and allowing the washer fluid to
drain into a container through a temporary jumper hose connected to the
front washer pump.
Disconnect the electrical body harness connectors to the
washer pump motors and the fluid level sensor. Slide the red lock on
the connector to the release position, then, depress the black tab and
pull the connector off the pump or sensor.
Remove the two reservoir mounting screws.
Disconnect the reservoir from the body mount by raising the
reservoir upward slightly and then down so that the reservoir filler
neck and front washer hose pull through the opening in the front fender
Push filler neck and front washer hose through the opening in the
front fender side shield. Connect the reservoir to the body mount by
lowering the reservoir down.
Install the two reservoir mounting screws. Torque screws to 8.5 - 11.3 Nm (75 - 100 in. lbs.) .
Connect the electrical body harness connectors to the washer
pump motors and the fluid level sensor. Slide the red lock on the
connector to the closed or locked position.
Assure that washer is properly routed to prevent pinching and possible inoperative washers.
Connect the left right front wheelhouse splash shield and move aside.
Install the right front wheel and tire assembly.
lower vehicle from hoist or jack stands.
Install the filler tube screw. Torque screw to 8.5 - 11.3 Nm (75 - 100 in. lbs.) .
Connect the washer hose to the hose clip located on the front fender side shield.
Connect the washer hose at the in-line connector forward of the cowl grille.
Install the engine fresh air housing inside the engine compartment.
no you will have to remove the wiper cowl , remove the wiper arms and any exposed clips holding the cowl down , sometime ford used Blind clips so it may feel attached after you remove any exposed screws . BE careful around the windshield !!!
Hiya...the cabin air filter is located below the front passenger/windshield area.
It's only accessible by standing outside the Equinox with the hood open.
Here's how to do it...(before you pop open the hood)
1) Stand outside at the front-right door area.
2) Just below the front windshield area, pull up a few small black plastic clips that's on the black windshield wiper cowl area- a small flat screwdriver or a special clip-remover tool is handy.
3) Raise the hood up.
4) There may be a triangular-shaped hard foam sound damper at the left side nearby the hood hinge...pull it off if it allow you to work around it with ease.
5) Continue to find a few black plastic clips around the black windshield wiper cowl area.
6) Gently pull up the black windshield wiper cowl cover with care not to bend it too hard during removal.
7) You should see the cabin air filter inside that's held in place by a black rectangular box inside.
8) There's 2 black tabs that holds the cabin air filter in place.
9) Insert your finger or tool to pry the cabin air filter away from the tabs.
10) Remove old cabin air filter.
Remember to reinstall the clip parts back into place when you're finished.