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Cabin air filter installation issue #4559768 10/31/17 12:17 AM
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Hey got a new cabin filter to replace since my mom probably never did itÖ and as expected it was all black and crudy. I also went with a charcoal activated one from FRAM.

Now the issue is, well, Iím not sure really let me explain.

The airflow arrow on the filter should be pointed down since thatís how it goes. But the problem is have to notch the sides of the filter onto the notch that run on each side of the filter tray ( picture for reference). Installing it with the arrow flowing down doesnít fit in those notches because the filter pleates are to fat ( picture). But installing it the other way around (arrow going up) it fits perfectly because the side pleates on that side are made to fit ( picutre)

So Iím at a dead end and not quite sure. Any inputs on this? Car is 2006 Hyundai Tucson by the way.

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Re: Cabin air filter installation issue [Re: TheMidnightNarwh] #4559784 10/31/17 02:06 AM
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Re: Cabin air filter installation issue [Re: TheMidnightNarwh] #4559806 10/31/17 04:52 AM
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Sounds like you may have the wrong filter. However: I'd just install it the way it fits and forget it. Ed


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Re: Cabin air filter installation issue [Re: Eddie] #4559811 10/31/17 05:19 AM
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If you can return it do so and get something else,otherwise install it in the position that fits.


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Re: Cabin air filter installation issue [Re: TheMidnightNarwh] #4559823 10/31/17 05:49 AM
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Why do cars need cabin filters, they didn't used to for decades and people breathed in them just fine.



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Re: Cabin air filter installation issue [Re: LoneRanger] #4559871 10/31/17 06:52 AM
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Originally Posted By: LoneRanger
Why do cars need cabin filters, they didn't used to for decades and people breathed in them just fine.

And homes didn't have air conditioning for decades. Suppose we should go back to those days as well?

There's nothing wrong with advancement. Your home HVAC has a filter, the car does too. Both for your lungs and the HVAC system, cleaner is better.


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Re: Cabin air filter installation issue [Re: TheMidnightNarwh] #4559873 10/31/17 06:53 AM
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Cabin and engine air filters are two items I like to go OEM with since I hear too many stories about aftermarket items not fitting quite right.

That said, we are talking about a non-critical item here and I'd say if it seems to fit right "upside down" you are probably A-OK with leaving it that way.


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