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Are Toyota filters HEPA rated?

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by emonomics, Nov 16, 2018.

  1. Nov 16, 2018 at 11:30 AM
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    emonomics

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    Hi all,
    Emo here from the sad and smoky bay area. It's really bad here, and my family and I are all pretty sensitive to the poor air quality, which in the past couple days has spiked into "very unhealthy" levels. Thankfully my pickup is brand new. Curious if anyone here knows how well the cabin filters are rated? Is there any aftermarket option to help? Some of these 100+ year old homes are worse than being in the truck, plus I am considering driving near (to get past) to the disaster zone to seek fresher air... any insight is appreciated.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Nov 16, 2018 at 5:03 PM
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    If you can afford the cash, get yourself a K&N cab filter.
    They can be cleaned and reused.
    They cost about $40 but last the life of your 2018.
    Ebay sell cheap filters too (hepa??...probably not)
    You get whts ya pays for right?
     
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  3. Nov 17, 2018 at 11:24 AM
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    GOOGLE SEARCH>>hepa cabin air filter 2018 Toyota tacoma
     
  5. Nov 17, 2018 at 11:58 AM
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    Thanks for the comments, especially the thoughtful ones. A little empathy goes a long way, and it’s my understanding this forum is a place to share thoughts and insights. Not like we are having tough times out here or anything.

    Looks like Bosch actually labels theirs as HEPA rated, not sure about K&N, and Toyota doesn’t say if is, but I’ll call them at parts today. Take care all.

    Based on the link to the Toyota Premium filters, doesn't look like the premium/charcoal is available for Tacoma (weird). So it's the stock or a K&N! Bummer.
     
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  6. Nov 18, 2018 at 9:28 AM
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    What you need to do is recirculate the cabin air. There is a button or switch for that. If you don’t then you are continuously pulling in the smokey outside air. You can get an upgraded filter but at this point just recirculate. The smoke will be gone Wednesday when we get the predicted rain. Current forecast is 100% rain starting Wednesday.
    Also if you want to drive to a better air quality area you don’t need to go toward the fires. Just drive due East up highway 50 or 80 into the Sierras. Above 3000’ the air quality is way better.
     
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    Also A/C helps clean air.

    Some Toyota models have a pollen filter button for harsh events, but the Tacoma doesn't unfortunately.

    Personally I would buy cheap air filters and replace them frequently, we had large fires here 2 years ago and the expensive ones with charcoal were clogging up too quickly.
     
  8. Nov 18, 2018 at 10:02 AM
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    Also A/C helps cleanair.

    Yes, good point. Run the a/c in recirculate mode along with the heat if neede$ and you are good to go.
     
  9. Nov 18, 2018 at 10:58 AM
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    Thanks everyone for the supportive and constructive comments. Looking forward to rain! Yep always been conscientious of recirculating being originally from New Mexico as it helps AC function on hella hot days.

    N95 masks when outside, in the house purifiers, a big ass ionizer, and a couple DIY systems using box fans and high-end furnace filters. Gonna be okay, the countermeasures will pay off.

    Oh and as for driving near the fires, it’s axtually thanksgiving plans to get up to Grants Pass, OR to be with loved ones. ;-) didn’t give enough context, but Redding and places like that seem to be in a similar boat. Thank you and god bless.
     
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    Thank you kindly. When I go down the BOSCH rabbit hole, scrolling down a bit for that part 6033C, it doesn't seem to work for 3rd Gen. Which I should have articulated in the OP.

    "Part number not compatible with 2018 Toyota Tacoma

    Part Number:6033C"

    This said, the amount of posts I can find where someone actually tried to insert this thing...ahem...is well, none. So maybe I should order just to try!
     
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    My experience is this:

    I bought the expensive HEPA filter on Bezosworld. It caught everything, including the air. Turning the fan on high suddenly felt like grandma gently blowing through a straw.

    So I went back and bought the 5 dollar charcoal coated filter. Air Conditioner now blows like normal.

    So my lesson is not all HEPA filters are created equal. Make sure the one you get doesn't restrict flow.
     

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