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Cabin Air Filter

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by skrubby, Feb 6, 2024.

  1. Feb 6, 2024 at 2:19 PM
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    skrubby

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    Hi - brand new member here with a question... I've had my 2003 SR5 TRD for 20 years and uh, I've never changed the cabin air filter. Decided to go for it, checked the YouTube videos... and they all show a different air filter housing than I have. Once you drop out the glove box, the videos all show the typical two-clip front to the housing - activate the clips, pull off the front, remove the filter, easy-peezy. Mine, for some reason, when I drop out the glove box, reveals just a black plastic housing (see pic), with no access. I tried every way I know how to remove it or get into it without breaking it... can someone fill me in on what I'm missing?

    2003 SR5 Glove Box.jpg
     
  2. Feb 6, 2024 at 2:32 PM
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    2004Taco

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    We don't have cabin air filters.
     
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  3. Feb 6, 2024 at 2:47 PM
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    Dm93

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    Cabin air filters werent added until the 2nd gen trucks (05+).
     
  4. Feb 6, 2024 at 2:52 PM
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    skrubby

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    Wow - not exactly what I expected. Thanks for the quick response guys!
     
  5. Feb 6, 2024 at 10:09 PM
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    Sterling_vH111

    Sterling_vH111 Go do something real instead.

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    Side quest, I’ve picked up a 1997 4Runner with the same Ac system.

    is there any filters or way to clean the system ?
    I’m down to take stuff apart and replace things that were not meant to be serviceable…
    I just can’t imagine it being great after 20yrs+ on all these trucks.
     
  6. Feb 6, 2024 at 10:14 PM
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    Pretty much the first line of defense for the HVAC on these things is the AC evaporator coil and you have to take apart the dash if you want to clean that really. You can kind of get in to vacuum it if you pull out the blower motor and have a hose that's flexible.
     
  7. Feb 6, 2024 at 11:23 PM
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    Sterling_vH111

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    Think it was that I had to replace that on the Tacoma… not a fun time with the 2012

    ty
     
  8. Feb 11, 2024 at 7:00 AM
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    Uhhh I have a 02 SR5 TDR and mine has a cabin air filter. At least that's what I thought it was.
     
  9. Feb 11, 2024 at 7:05 AM
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    Where did you pull it from? We don't have cabin air filters
     
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  11. Feb 12, 2024 at 6:21 AM
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    Not my exact truck but looks identical under the hood and saves me having to go pop mine for a pic lol....anyway, the area where i added the ⬇️ symbol is where I removed the filter and replaced it. Am I missing something because is that not a cabin air filter unit? Screenshot_20240212-091308_Chrome~2.jpg
     
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    That's the engine air filter....
     
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    That would be your engine air filter.
     
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    Your reply didn't load so now we have duplicate answers :hattip:
     
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    Over the years i have seen cabin air filters fabricated into the older Toyota Vehicles more a by product of keeping evil rodents out .

    In most cases The people owning the vehicle had no clue they were even there and had very restricted air flow.
     
  16. Feb 12, 2024 at 1:53 PM
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    I was about to say, previous owner has done an amazing job at keep the engine bay clean. You really did come up on a good truck.

    But than read your message :D
     
  17. Feb 14, 2024 at 6:29 AM
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    The evaporator is what takes most of the hit from not having a cabin air filter. You can clean them without removing them, up through the drain tube, but the best way is to remove the evaporator (which requires opening the system) and use coil cleaner and hot water. I did this once on my 96. It wasn't too bad, but the system was empty already, so it was a no-brainer for me, before replacing the compressor, the suction line, expansion valve, and all new seals.
     

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