Reminder: clean your cabin air filter
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This is a discussion on Reminder: clean your cabin air filter within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; I won't write too much, no words can describe what I found. I will let you judge by the pictures ...

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    Reminder: clean your cabin air filter

    I won't write too much, no words can describe what I found. I will let you judge by the pictures I took last night, when I decided to check the cabin air filter while disabling daytime driving lights.

    This is where the filter is located (behind the glove box):


    4 years of neglect:


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    One word: WOW!

    How many years did you go without changing the filter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by economatic View Post
    one word: Wow!

    How many years did you go without changing the filter?
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    What would happen if you didn't clean it?

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    Ug, I am a bit overdue on this as well. Hope it doesn't look like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by william07 View Post
    What would happen if you didn't clean it?
    Two things from the top of my head:
    1. The air blower would lose some effectiveness trying to suck air from the outside at higher resistance due to debris in the filter.

    2. Eventually, if moisture got to it, it would rot and stink up the car, and the air blowing from the vents would stink as well.
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    you should get a bit better performance without the extra weight

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    Quote Originally Posted by pwbeninate View Post
    you should get a bit better performance without the extra weight
    I have a thread here somewhere with pics of how much soggy sludge I pulled out of my sideskirts - it was a few pounds worth.
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    Awwww SOB. I forgot to do that when I took the glovebox out last month. That thing is impossible to put back in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brfatal View Post
    Awwww SOB. I forgot to do that when I took the glovebox out last month. That thing is impossible to put back in.
    The filter or the glove box?

    On the other hand, the daytime running lights delete mod did not work by unplugging the white/black connector on the right hand side. It disabled the lights all together, so even turning them on manually wouldn't work. So I had to do the under-the-hood delete.
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    The glove box. Getting some of the screws back in is impossible. With Heather's assistance I managed to get all but one back in, which I cross threaded.

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