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Do It Yourself (DIY) Replacing Cabin Air Filter in Toyota Vios

The purpose of cabin air filter is to filter out the dust, pollen, fine sands and other  fine particles from outside air  before allow it to go in into the cabin of the car. The cabin air filter come with static charge applied to the filter acts like a magnet removing fine particles, dust, pollen, and mold spores from the incoming air. This will ensure the driver and passengers have clean and healthy air to breath.

There are 2 types of cabin air filter available in the market. The first one is the normal cabin air filter and the 2nd is the cabin carbon air filter. Both of these filters provide similar filtering fine particles function but carbon air filter provide extra filtration which normal cabin air filter don’t have.

Cabin Carbon Air Filter able to remove a long list of airborne chemicals, including alcohols, organic acids, aldehydes, chlorinated hydrocarbons, ethers, esters, ketones, halogens, sulfur dioxide, sulfuric acid, and phosgene, among many others. It also removes odours, whether they be from humans or animals as well as cigarette smoke.

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Carbon Cabin Air Filter for Toyota Vios

This simple yet important piece of pleated-paper air filter will be eventually clogged with fine particles and dust which eventually reduce the efficiency of the air conditioner. Your car then required much more horsepower to run the air-conditional system to achieve your desire temperature in the cabin.

Contaminated cabin air filter may also have less efficiency on filtering the dirty air, thus the air after go the the filtering may not as clean as it used to be.  Automotive manufacturer recommended we should replacing the cabin air filter every 30,000KM. Replacing cabin filter was easy and it take me only 10 minutes for the perform the replacement.

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New (left) and used cabin air filter for Toyota Vios

For most cars, the cabin air filter is located behind the glove compartment. There is no exception for my Toyota Vios.

Below is the step by step procedure to replace the cabin air filter:

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Location of cabin air filter in Toyota Vios

  1. Open the glove compartment and remove it.
  2. Then you should be able to see something just like the above diagram.
  3. Pull off the cap, there are 2 catch points at both the left and right corners.
  4. Then you should be able to see the car cabin air filter. Proceed to remove the cabin air filter. Now you will be see how dirty your cabin air filter is.
  5. Replaced with the new and clean air filter. Do ensure you put the air filter in the correct position. There is an arrow which serves as a guideline for us to refer to as below diagram:
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Cabin Air Filter with Arrow As Guideline

  •  The arrow indicates the cabin air filter is to be fitted in that upward position.

6. Once the air filter is  fitted into the compartment, close the cover and put back the glove compartment.

You are done. Now you can sit back and breath the clean and fresh air inside your car.

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Kelvin Ang

Kelvin Ang fixed the car together with his dad during his younger day and he has grew up to be an automotive enthusiast ever since then. Other than keeping the car in the optimum condition, he loves to fetch his beloved family members and friends to every destination. Seeing his family and friends smiling throughout the journey in the car is priceless moment for him.