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Old 02-01-2011, 09:54 PM   #1
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Cabin filter change

I looked for sticky but didnt find one. I need to replace my cabin filter and have never done it before. is it hard to do? Anyone change theres that could possibly write a "How to"?
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Open the glove box and empty it out. Take the strut off of it then push the sides of the glove and pull it open more. Open the panel on the blower box and take the filter out. The OE filters say what side and direction to put the filter in.
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Here ya go.
Search for "DIY: Gen 2 Carbon Cabin Air Filter" in the search tab. He has a good write up.
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Old 02-02-2011, 03:15 PM   #4
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Cool thanks!
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1. Lower glove box and remove the shock (squeeze the two tabs together where the glove box extends through the shock. And while you're there, you might want to add a screw to the other attaching point of the shock as shown in the pic since the shocks tend to fall off on their own.):


2. Lift the glove box off the dash or just lower it and hold it to keep your stuff from falling out. I unsnap mine, so I can leave everything in it (unsnaps...see side angle below):




3. Open filter door and replace filter (ignore the red marks as I used this picture in making the Moose Filter Mod DIY that's linked in my sig).
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While you're there, remember to clean out any junk that's rattling around in your blower motor. Mine had a few pine needles in there. A shop vac cleans it out nicely.

Also, if you go to a generic parts shop, it's helpful to know that the Pontiac Vibe and Toyota Matrix use the same cabin filter as the 2nd gen Tacoma. The parts counter guys around me speak Pontiac but not "import."
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BTW - don't buy them from the dealer.

I got mine for less then $4 per filter and they are made by the company that supplies Toyota (same filter)

OE cabin air filter ($3.62 from LogicSource.com #totafcau)
+1 I use them too.
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Old 02-02-2011, 04:44 PM   #8
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got mine at parts store...funny thing the instructions were for a Pontiac Vibe...
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BTW - don't buy them from the dealer.

I got mine for less then $4 per filter and they are made by the company that supplies Toyota (same filter)

OE cabin air filter ($3.62 from LogicSource.com #totafcau)
Could I get you to double check that address? I am wondering if it changed?

I am due for a new cabin filter and $3.62 sounds like a good deal, I was going to pick one up..
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Perfect. Thanks!
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The Pontiac Vibe is a Toyota rebadged.
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Old 02-06-2011, 11:42 AM   #14
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I just changed my cabin filter and it was dirty! Thanks for this DIY, it really helped!
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I found it at Rock Auto for $4.08 but the shipping was much less than Logical Source. FYI

http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/raframecatalog.php
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Wash it.....and then find yourself another one.
They're good for atleast 2 washings before they start falling apart.

I always have two filters. One in the truck and one ready to go (after being washed). I change mine about once a year - they get dirty quick.
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How often are youn suppose to replace these? And are there noticeable benefits after the swap?
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Okay, I took another try at this and figured it out. I will be placing a screw as suggested, because the bottom tab where the shock pops onto is worn out and shock keeps falling off. One last question. In the pic where he's screwing in the shock to keep it secure; on the top portion of the shock is another hole, but I don't see where the top hole pops on to a tab.
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Okay, I took another try at this and figured it out. I will be placing a screw as suggested, because the bottom tab where the shock pops onto is worn out and shock keeps falling off. One last question. In the pic where he's screwing in the shock to keep it secure; on the top portion of the shock is another hole, but I don't see where the top hole pops on to a tab.
The top holes on the shock are not used (my guess is this part is used on other vehicles). Only the one you see where I have the screw going through it. Then the inner part of the shock extends out of the shock and attaches to the glove box (the part you then take on/off when changing...or in my case cleaning...the filter). Don't forget to check out the Moose Filter Mod in my sig below as it'll save you money over time.
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How often does it need changing? I am not sure if my 09.has been changed.
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