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Old 06-20-2013, 04:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Replacing the cabin filter in my '07. The airflow is TO the blower which is below the filter so the airflow arrow(s) should be pointing down, correct? And does it really matter? I'll do it right but looking at the filter it doesn't seem to be any different top or bottom.
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If the arrow is indeedy 'air flow' and not 'up' you should be good. From memory in mine the filter media is slightly different there being a coarser weave on the down stream side possibly to support the filter slightly. All good.
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I drove around for years with them in upside down until I learned about it here... Still worked though.

I've had some with an arrow that points up as in "this side up" while others pointed airflow direction. It gets confusing!
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generally the "finer" side should face the "dirty" incoming air.

overall I dont think it matters though. its still going to filter the air. i am still on my original one (!) keep forgetting to install the filter i bought a year ago.
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I did both cabin and engin air filters the other day. I expected, since I do a lot of dirt road driving, that both would at least be somewhat grungy. The old cabin filter had a few bugs and a light coating of dust. The engine air filter however looked brand new. I probably could go two years plus on each (really didn't put a lot of mileage on it this past year) but at around $15 for both it wasn't really a budget buster.
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Flow direction typically only matters with a multi-element filter- some cabin filters have a second stage with carbon for odor control. This should be after the first stage, the paper particulate filter.

If your filters just have the one paper pleat then it won't matter.
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