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Time to change the cabin air filter?

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010+)' started by MountainMan, Mar 22, 2021.

  1. Mar 22, 2021 at 3:11 PM
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    MountainMan

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    During my last oil change with 19k miles on my 4Runner, the dealer said that my cabin air filter was pretty dirty and that I should change it out.

    Ordered a new filter and went to change it out today.

    Yeah, I'd say it was about due...

    IMG_20210322_114717132.jpg

    Never seen a cabin filter get so dirty, so fast! But, super easy to change out and filter was $14 on Amazon.
     
  2. Mar 22, 2021 at 3:15 PM
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    glwood54

    glwood54 Stop making me buy stuff!

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    What, you didn't want to pay the dealer $80 to change your CAF? How are they going to survive?
     
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  3. Mar 22, 2021 at 3:15 PM
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    Wow, yes you were due. You must park outside.
     
  4. Mar 22, 2021 at 3:20 PM
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    MountainMan

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    Yep. Garage is too small for the 4Runner, plus, I drive in the woods quite a bit, and just did multiple excursions into the desert near the Mexican border. The black piece of debris is a chunk of Plasti Dip from one of my rims. I just pressure-sprayed it off the other day and pieces went everywhere.
     
  5. Mar 22, 2021 at 3:25 PM
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    Cool, I really like the fact we have filters for the air. I still make sure my outside air is shut off when I off-road because the dust is so bad.
     
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  6. Mar 22, 2021 at 4:27 PM
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    Next time use K&N. It'll make your exhaust louder and give you lots more hp.
     
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  7. Mar 22, 2021 at 5:18 PM
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  8. Apr 1, 2021 at 5:28 PM
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    A few years ago I brought my truck to a dealer for something simple, like an oil change. The rep came out to the waiting area, holding my CAF. He said a critter must've gotten to it, there were seed husks , and a hole chewed in the center. He had his finger through the hole, as if I wouldn't be able to tell it was a hole. Said they could replace the filter for 49 bucks. I told him " Take your finger out of the hole, and put the filter back in the truck."
     
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  9. Apr 1, 2021 at 5:49 PM
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    He probably keeps that filter around to do the same thing to others.
     
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  10. Apr 1, 2021 at 6:02 PM
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    Don't use K&N they let more air in but they do a poor job filtering. Just go with a wix and call it a day.
     
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  11. Apr 1, 2021 at 8:13 PM
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    Went with a K&N in my V car and am reminded to check it every 6 months(phone calendar alert). Plan on doing the same with the Runner. T.O.L.
     
  12. Apr 1, 2021 at 8:18 PM
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    How did it clean the air “before” filters? Mine still blows ice cold fresh air after 25 years and I’ve never recharged the AC.....
     
  13. Apr 1, 2021 at 8:22 PM
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    How did we survive steel dashboards? seat backs without locks? no seat belts? the list goes on, but I won't.
     
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  14. Apr 1, 2021 at 11:22 PM
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    IDK, though I imagine I will miss the cabin air filter when I'm back in California in the summer, and it is inevitable that there will be a giant wildfire that turns the outside into a giant smoke house. On the bright side I have some N95 masks that I have for other reasons if it gets that bad.
     
  15. Apr 5, 2021 at 1:09 PM
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    This also happened to me .......now I lock my glove box whenever I go in for an oil change....heck, I can maintain the air filters.
     
  16. Apr 5, 2021 at 1:18 PM
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    You don't know where that finger has been.
     

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