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Old 02-23-2009, 08:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My sonata has 12,000 miles on it and I've noticed a musky smell coming from the A/C vents (I thought it was my feet.) After doing some research I've come to the conclusion that the cabin air filter needs to be changed. I've never had this happen before and I've had cars up to 150,000 miles. I read these should be changed every 15,000 miles. Has anyone else had this issue? But other than that one thing, I love the car...it's a lot better than the Honda I use to have.
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Old 02-23-2009, 08:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yep, it's common. Chances are the cars you had in the past probably didn't have "Air Conditioner Filters" unless they were somewhat newer. Here's a link to a DIY that's taken right out of the manual. [b]BE CAREFUL when grasping the clips on the filter assembly, they're sorta easy to break.

Get ready to see all sorts of crap on it too ! Everything from leaves to bugs to who knows what else.
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Old 02-23-2009, 08:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Great, thanks for the advice and the link. I plan on changing it tomorrow and it's good to know about the clips!
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Old 02-23-2009, 08:42 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You're welcome dude.

If you haven't looked yet check this out - it's a compilation of all kinds of stuff. Everything from TSBs to DIYs to warranty info.
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Old 02-23-2009, 08:55 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It should be the same as the earlier models which you can purchase in an auto parts store...

http://www.hyundai-forums.com/index.php?sh...hl=cabin+filter

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Old 02-23-2009, 10:09 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Anyone try the charcoal ones vs the paper?
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Old 02-23-2009, 10:12 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Here's a place to try....

http://www.diypartscatalog.com/ShopByVehic...ter&mode=PA

...or from a friend at edmund (we're in this together BTW)

[b]"I had the same idea before I saw your post.
Last week they wanted $55 to replace the cabin filter. I said no. After reading in the manual how to access the filter (pg:6-22)... I removed it and thoroughly vacuumed between criss; and in less than 30mn (removing and cleaning it)... except for the discoloration on the intake side...it looks as good as new.
(the replacement the Dealer carries is $22+Tx and doesn't appear to be as sturdy as the original filter which came with the car!... The 3M filters look pretty strong!)
Then while I was at Lowes it occurred to me to look at the A/C filters they carry... I found one (3M- Filtrete) size 20x30x1 which will make 6 Sonata filters.
The size for the 2006 Sonata is: 9" 7/8 x 8" 5/8 : Cost $3.30 per filter if none is wasted.

When I got home I googled the forum to see if there are other ideas... and I found your post #297.
Reading you post will save me about $4 because Lowes sells them for $20. I will check out HD to see if they are still $16.

I went to HD this afternoon, and found an even better set up/deal: They have an A/C line of air filters called TrueBlue where I found size10"x24"x1" which makes 2 Filters... The size 10" fits perfectly in the Sonata air filter holder... all one has to do is to cut to size the other side to make a perfect fit! Just one cut and that's it... and the cost is even sweeter:$1.50 with tax which comes to $0.75 per filter! "
and I quote. I did this on the last change. As long as I don't see leaves blowing thru my vents I'm OK.

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Old 02-24-2009, 05:51 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I made some filters as described. Then I tried a different brand of furnace filter and the car began making a low-pitched Woooooo-ooooooooo-woooooooo-oooooooooo rumbling sound. I didn't have time to make another filter so I replaced it ($20, IIRC) with a Hyundai filter and blessed quiet. I'm not saying the Hyundai filter is the only one to use; just an FYI.
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Old 02-24-2009, 09:14 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Changing the cabin filter after the musty odor is detected is like changing your socks because your feet smell--what's the point!! There is a reason for the odor and it is not the result of a dirty cabin filter. I had this issue with a previous car and I located a spray-type deodorizer on the Internet that is spayed into the intake vents with the AC on and the Cabin filter removed. Normally what will cause the musty odor is mildew, as a result of keeping the HVAC setting on recirculation instead of bringing in outside air.
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