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#4612971 - 12/24/17 11:07 AM First time checking/changing cabin filter...
mrdctaylor Offline


Registered: 06/05/03
Posts: 590
Loc: McGregor TX
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!
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#4612977 - 12/24/17 11:13 AM Re: First time checking/changing cabin filter... [Re: mrdctaylor]
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Registered: 10/22/09
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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.


Edited by JohnnyJohnson (12/24/17 11:28 AM)
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#4612980 - 12/24/17 11:16 AM Re: First time checking/changing cabin filter... [Re: mrdctaylor]
Donald Offline


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The mice use the filters as a base for their nests.
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#4612983 - 12/24/17 11:17 AM Re: First time checking/changing cabin filter... [Re: mrdctaylor]
ARB1977 Offline


Registered: 06/12/05
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I check mine every year.
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#4612985 - 12/24/17 11:19 AM Re: First time checking/changing cabin filter... [Re: mrdctaylor]
RF Overlord Offline


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Once a year is not too often.
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#4612988 - 12/24/17 11:23 AM Re: First time checking/changing cabin filter... [Re: mrdctaylor]
raytseng Offline


Registered: 12/11/08
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Loc: CA
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.


Edited by raytseng (12/24/17 11:25 AM)

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#4612993 - 12/24/17 11:27 AM Re: First time checking/changing cabin filter... [Re: mrdctaylor]
opus1 Offline


Registered: 12/13/04
Posts: 2498
Loc: Chicago Area



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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#4613046 - 12/24/17 12:33 PM Re: First time checking/changing cabin filter... [Re: mrdctaylor]
Rolla07 Offline


Registered: 11/05/11
Posts: 4737
Loc: MTL, CANADA
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.
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#4613068 - 12/24/17 12:58 PM Re: First time checking/changing cabin filter... [Re: mrdctaylor]
NibbanaBanana Offline


Registered: 05/23/16
Posts: 292
Loc: 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.
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#4613077 - 12/24/17 01:11 PM Re: First time checking/changing cabin filter... [Re: mrdctaylor]
ZZman Offline


Registered: 03/17/08
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Loc: Michigan
I would say once a year is a good interval.
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#4613102 - 12/24/17 01:37 PM Re: First time checking/changing cabin filter... [Re: ZZman]
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Registered: 08/19/10
Posts: 5254
Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley
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?).

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#4613185 - 12/24/17 03:19 PM Re: First time checking/changing cabin filter... [Re: mrdctaylor]
Ethan1 Offline


Registered: 12/29/14
Posts: 1632
Loc: '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.

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#4613211 - 12/24/17 03:44 PM Re: First time checking/changing cabin filter... [Re: mrdctaylor]
Artem Offline


Registered: 10/30/10
Posts: 5117
Loc: Florida
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.
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#4613214 - 12/24/17 03:51 PM Re: First time checking/changing cabin filter... [Re: Artem]
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Registered: 10/07/12
Posts: 284
Loc: North Carolina
Replace mine once a year after the pollen season.
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#4613228 - 12/24/17 04:04 PM Re: First time checking/changing cabin filter... [Re: raytseng]
mrdctaylor Offline


Registered: 06/05/03
Posts: 590
Loc: McGregor TX
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.
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