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First time checking/changing cabin filter... #4612971
12/24/17 12:07 PM
12/24/17 12:07 PM
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McGregor TX
mrdctaylor Offline OP
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Yeah, I think I'll do it more often now. I haven't had a vehicle with a cabin air filter before, so it wasn't really on my radar. I knew that my 2012 Highlander had one and had been changed when we bought it almost 3 years ago, but I didn't think about it being necessary for a while. I went ahead and ordered a Denso replacement from Amazon. Fast forward to this morning...




Yeah, I think it was time. I'll check at the 2 year mark next time unless most people think it is necessary even more often than 2 years. It makes me wonder how climate control systems functioned before all this [censored] was kept out!


02 Tacoma 3.4L, 219K, Magnatec 10W30
02 Trailblazer 4.2L, 179K, Edge HM 10W40
12 Highlander 3.5L, 96K, M1 EP 0W20
17 Escape 2.0L, 31K, Hav ProDS 5W30
Re: First time checking/changing cabin filter... [Re: mrdctaylor] #4612977
12/24/17 12:13 PM
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Wet side WA
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They all do that due to poor design. If the air went up into the filter rather than down like everything that hits the wiper area of your windshield and down it would be better.

Last edited by JohnnyJohnson; 12/24/17 12:28 PM.

2004 Corolla 124705
Out: VML 5w-30 TG4967 OCI 5007 Miles
In: EDGE EP 5W-30 Bosch 3311 122537 7-18-18
2006 Duramax 74277
Out: T6 5W-40 M1-303
In: T6 5W-40 XG9100 74705 4-22-18
Re: First time checking/changing cabin filter... [Re: mrdctaylor] #4612980
12/24/17 12:16 PM
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Upstate NY
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The mice use the filters as a base for their nests.


2015 Subaru Forester 2.5 engine/CVT
2015 Ford F250 w/Powerstroke
2016 Subaru Crosstrek CVT (wife's)
Re: First time checking/changing cabin filter... [Re: mrdctaylor] #4612983
12/24/17 12:17 PM
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North Texas
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I check mine every year.


2015 Tacoma 4.0L 60K (as of 02/23/18)
AMSOIL SS 0W30 / Toyota filter

2018 CRV 1.5L (as of 05/11/18)
Factory fill / Honda filter
Re: First time checking/changing cabin filter... [Re: mrdctaylor] #4612985
12/24/17 12:19 PM
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Cape Cod, MA
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Once a year is not too often.


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'04 Grand Marquis LS Limited Edition - daily driver

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Re: First time checking/changing cabin filter... [Re: mrdctaylor] #4612988
12/24/17 12:23 PM
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all depends on where you park. air intake is the windshield cowl. if you're in a garage then youre going to get less debris.

the other part is the actual road dust and fine particles which is a function of how much you are using the fan and how long you drive.

fyi, the denso replacement can be inferior id its labeled as a denso part. you are better off getting the toyota genuine part (which may say made by denso) there are plenty of toyota parts depts either on ebay or amazon playing the internet market.

Last edited by raytseng; 12/24/17 12:25 PM.
Re: First time checking/changing cabin filter... [Re: mrdctaylor] #4612993
12/24/17 12:27 PM
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Chicago Area
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This came out of my Sonata the first time I checked - I let it go way, way too long.

Since this was taken, the cowl at the bottom of the windshield was replaced due to hail damage and the air intakes are now small squares rather than long slots so the elm seed-pods don't make their way in. And I'm much better about checking the thing... blush


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2010 Hyundai Sonata GLS
2009 Chevy Cobalt SS Sedan (yes,the turbo)
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Re: First time checking/changing cabin filter... [Re: mrdctaylor] #4613046
12/24/17 01:33 PM
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MTL, CANADA
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I try to change mine twice a year. For some reason it gets really dirty and fast. I use cheap replacements and I figure its the air I breathe in, so its worth keeping clean. I change the car engine air filter once a year now and cabin twice per year. I notice that the ventilation works better after changing it too.


2007 Corolla Red Pearl 155k miles
PP 0w20 & ST 4967

Re: First time checking/changing cabin filter... [Re: mrdctaylor] #4613068
12/24/17 01:58 PM
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New England
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New England
I priced the OEM cabin air filter for the Aveo at 30K miles which was the recommended CI. No aftermarket available at the time. I think the OEM was about $40 so I let it go. And go, and go. Around 150K I noticed the heat wasn't working all that well.


1993 Ford E350 5.8L, 68K
2002 Ford E150 4.2L, 85K
2006 Chevy Aveo 1.6L 215K
2013 Kia Reo 1.4L, 101K
7500 OCI, M1 5-30 winter, M1 10-30 summer
Re: First time checking/changing cabin filter... [Re: mrdctaylor] #4613077
12/24/17 02:11 PM
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Michigan
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I would say once a year is a good interval.


2003 Mercury Grand Marquis. Rotella T6 Multi-Vehicle oil
2008 Sebring Hardtop convertible. Rotella T6 Multi-Vehicle oil
2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 LT. Amsoil Metric 10w-40
Re: First time checking/changing cabin filter... [Re: ZZman] #4613102
12/24/17 02:37 PM
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Champlain/Hudson Valley
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As stated above, the change interval can vary.

In my world (a drab and repetitive place) I've settled on 20K for EVERYONE'S CAFs and 30K for my Engine air filter (EAF?).

Re: First time checking/changing cabin filter... [Re: mrdctaylor] #4613185
12/24/17 04:19 PM
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'murica
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'murica
Every time I buy a car, I change the 15+ year old cabin filter. Then I'm good until the car dies. thumbsup

For some reason, probably due to my particular locale and commute, I get really long life out of OEM engine air filters too.

Re: First time checking/changing cabin filter... [Re: mrdctaylor] #4613211
12/24/17 04:44 PM
12/24/17 04:44 PM
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Florida
Artem Offline
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Fudge cake that's some nasty cabin filters.

I don't know about you guy, but I change mine out frequently. I pull it out every few months and tap out loose junk to keep air flow close to 100%.

I also don't buy the El Cheapo version. I buy the Charcoal infused one that help to remove allergens, smell, etc so my family breaths fresh air.


2014 Mazda 3 Hatch 2.0L & 6spd - Idemitsu 0w20 Synthetic @ $0.75 a quart. (thanks Advance Auto Parts for the awesome deal)
Re: First time checking/changing cabin filter... [Re: Artem] #4613214
12/24/17 04:51 PM
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North Carolina
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Replace mine once a year after the pollen season.


1979 Garelli Rally Sport
2009 Cub Cadet LT1042
2002 BMW 540 M Sport (totaled)
Re: First time checking/changing cabin filter... [Re: raytseng] #4613228
12/24/17 05:04 PM
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McGregor TX
mrdctaylor Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: raytseng
all depends on where you park. air intake is the windshield cowl. if you're in a garage then youre going to get less debris.

the other part is the actual road dust and fine particles which is a function of how much you are using the fan and how long you drive.

fyi, the denso replacement can be inferior id its labeled as a denso part. you are better off getting the toyota genuine part (which may say made by denso) there are plenty of toyota parts depts either on ebay or amazon playing the internet market.


I'd heard that (after I ordered the part). Strangely, I compared it to the Toyota OEM filter that came out and it was absolutely identical as far as I could tell. Maybe some Denso are OK.


02 Tacoma 3.4L, 219K, Magnatec 10W30
02 Trailblazer 4.2L, 179K, Edge HM 10W40
12 Highlander 3.5L, 96K, M1 EP 0W20
17 Escape 2.0L, 31K, Hav ProDS 5W30
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