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    Just a reminder, guys...don't neglect those cabin air filters!

    I stumbled across a video on how to change the cabin air filters on our cars, and decided on a whim to check mine. I didn't expect to see much, since it is not particularly dusty around here and the car is not old. At about a year and a half and 45,000 miles on my car, here is what I pulled out!



    Yuck! Way worse than I thought it was going to be.

    Keep in mind that these are not HEPA-type micro filters. They just filter out "the big stuff", and can be cleaned/reused if you are careful. I blew all of the debris out with compressed air first, used the sprayer on my kitchen sink to give it a high-pressure rinse, press-dried it with a towel, and used a hairdryer to finish the job. Don't worry if it is still discolored afterwards as that won't affect it's function.

    As an aside, it is NOT necessary to empty your glovebox to do this. The glovebox is removed by pinching the sides of the box inward to release two tabs. This will allow the glovebox to fall down, but instead of letting it drop you can just pop the two lower pivots for it off by gently pulling the whole glovebox upward and outward. There are two pivots, one on each side, and they just clip on. Then you can just set your glovebox...with contents...aside.


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    Video please.

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    Here's a quick YouTube video...

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    Good advice. Not sure I would have kept using that filter though after cleaning it. Was that some sort of mold I saw growing on it?? If so, toss it for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie View Post
    Good advice. Not sure I would have kept using that filter though after cleaning it. Was that some sort of mold I saw growing on it?? If so, toss it for sure.

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    Not mold, just dirt. Were there any hint of mold, I would have tossed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Top_Fuel View Post
    Here's a quick YouTube video...
    I'm glad my video has helped so much. Over 5000 hits on it. It goes to show how popular the car is in the Philippines that 55% of the watchers are from there. 23% US, 3% Canada.

    That's a lot of crap in that filter. I don't know if these cars are designed differently than older cars that don't have a cabin air filter, or if all that stuff used to get into the dash of old cars and just stay there. Or get blown out the vents.

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    Yikes !!! I clean them once a month . Amazing how much they collect tree debri , bugs , dandelion floaters , etc.. Replace it every 1+1/2 years . Some filters can be cleaned out with a vacuum when using a crevice attachment ( tool ) in the pleats on the top side ( facing incoming air ) of filter .
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    We had the same problem. AND When filter clogs it bows down and fan will eat through it quickly.

    I was looking to get K&N washable, but they are not available. The best deal we found was @rockauto, I bought 2 just in case.

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    Just changed my cabin filter after 20,500 miles... should've looked sooner probably.

    PTC on Ebay sells a cabin filter for our cars for $10 shipped. A good buy in my opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex1a1f View Post
    PTC on Ebay sells a cabin filter for our cars for $10 shipped. A good buy in my opinion.
    Thanks for bringing this up as a reminder. I haven't even looked at mine and my car is approaching 33K miles. I just bought the one you mentioned on Ebay.


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