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Cabin filter change

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Halo913, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. Feb 1, 2011 at 9:54 PM
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    Halo913

    Halo913 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    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"?
     
  2. Feb 1, 2011 at 10:02 PM
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    Average JOE

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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.
     
  3. Feb 2, 2011 at 3:15 PM
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    Cool thanks!
     
  4. Feb 2, 2011 at 3:31 PM
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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.):
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    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):
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    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).
    [​IMG]
     
  5. Feb 2, 2011 at 3:50 PM
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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."
     
  6. Feb 2, 2011 at 4:39 PM
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    Rocketball

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    +1 I use them too.
     
  7. Feb 2, 2011 at 4:44 PM
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    got mine at parts store...funny thing the instructions were for a Pontiac Vibe...
     
  8. Feb 2, 2011 at 4:46 PM
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    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..
     
  9. Feb 2, 2011 at 4:54 PM
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  11. Feb 2, 2011 at 5:53 PM
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    The Pontiac Vibe is a Toyota rebadged.
     
  12. Feb 6, 2011 at 11:42 AM
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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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    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.
     
  15. Mar 5, 2011 at 8:47 AM
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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.
     
  17. Jun 23, 2011 at 3:19 PM
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    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.
     
  18. Jun 23, 2011 at 4:39 PM
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    How often does it need changing? I am not sure if my 09.has been changed.
     
  19. Jun 23, 2011 at 4:53 PM
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    Are these "cabin filters" something new? I never changed it on the 88 4Runner (if it even had one) and after putting around 250,000 miles on it I never noticed the cabin air being bad. Maybe this is just a way for the dealer to get more money? :confused:
     
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    Look here.
     
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