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Dumb question about cabin air filter and glove compartment strut

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by blacksheep515, Oct 18, 2012.

  1. Oct 18, 2012 at 6:28 PM
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    blacksheep515

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    Ok, I turned the heat on today. It was 40 degrees outside. My truck started to smell all moldy, musty like a smoky bar. I couldn't stand it. So, I went to autozone and picked up a STP cabin air filter.

    I used the owners manual for the install. I opened the glovebox and the first thing I noticed was the stopper was just laying there attached to the bottom retainer the user manual says to detach. For the life of me I cannot figure out where the top attaches to...I saw a notch and tried to slide it on, but it will not stay on. Am I missing a piece that holds it on or something? Anyone have a picture? The strut has 2 holes and neither attaches to the top due to the dash being in the way? What am I doing wrong?

    I gave up and decided to replace the filter...

    I took filter out and see the toyota filter was facing arrow up and forwards. I took it out and noticed leaves and several twigs etc on the top.

    The STP filter has an air flow down arrow. I assume air comes from the top, hence the junk on it and installed it with the arrow facing down. Is this correct?

    Sorry for the n00b questions. :eek: All help appreciated!

    Thanks!
     
  2. Oct 18, 2012 at 6:53 PM
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    landphil

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    You installed the filter correctly, air flow is from the top down.

    The damper strut mounts by the two holes onto the two little plastic pins, but usually falls off one side in short order. I saw a mod somewhere ( here on tacoworld I think) where the guy put a small screw in the split in the plasic pin to hold it spread apart, which keeps the strut from falling off. Try searching, see what you come up with.
     
  3. Oct 18, 2012 at 6:59 PM
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    Warhorseforever

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    That thing is an overengineered piece of crap. My friend and I spent hours going through the dash and tightening screws because we heard a rattling only to find out that it was that dampener. I was so pissed when I figured that out.
    Edit: We spent so much time doing that because we spent the day before putting a full layer of CDL tiles and CCF to get rid of any out side noise's and rattles.
     
  4. Oct 18, 2012 at 10:38 PM
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    I had the same issue with that crappy dampener when I changed my cabin air filter. I pissed around with it for about 45 minutes before chucking it in my bucket of old auto parts that will never see the light of day again. I haven't missed that thing at all.
     
  5. Oct 18, 2012 at 11:01 PM
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    Anybody got a pic of this? I'm doing mine this weekend.
     
  6. Oct 18, 2012 at 11:03 PM
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    after a few trips in and out of there for various mods and wiring, my damper started coming off the peg too. I just tossed it
     
  8. Oct 19, 2012 at 4:12 AM
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    I never knew I was supposed to have a glove box strut, I'm going to have to look and see if I have one or if it's disconnected. I know when I open the box it just flips open, no delayed action or anything like that. Did all 05 and up's have this?
     
  9. Oct 19, 2012 at 4:50 AM
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    I may go out and try to put that thing on again after reading that post. I could never get it to stay in place either.
     
  10. Oct 19, 2012 at 5:01 AM
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    In this link if you attach the upper part B first, just stick a small screw in between the two tabs and that will hold it in (on mine at least that was the loosest of the two connection points). Leave the bottom A to snap in and out as is, so you can access the air filter still.

    Edit: same thing was said a few posts down in that thread...
     
  11. Oct 19, 2012 at 5:23 AM
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    i wonder if that's what's making the noise i keep hearing. plus it's about time to change my filter too, so I'll check it out this weekend.
     
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  13. Oct 19, 2012 at 6:27 AM
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    mine doesnt stay either just too lazy to toss is yet
     
  14. Oct 19, 2012 at 6:53 AM
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    Can't remember which end it was...but I put a big screw (wide head) between the plastic prongs, this keeps the thing ON. I disconnect it at the opposite end....which has been working (and staying on).
    I change/clean my filter yearly.
     
  15. Oct 19, 2012 at 8:05 AM
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    Spray the filter with a little air freshened or water and alcohol and run it, freshens the truck right up.
     
  16. Oct 19, 2012 at 10:58 AM
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    My strut came off too so i put a little super glue and voila, hasnt fell off since
     
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