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#1 Old 01-25-2008, 11:21 PM
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I was curious about replacing my Cabin Air Filter on my car. Previous owner was a smoker and the air is all musty... noticed what seems to look like slight dust in the air too. Do you think replacing it would help with smell and all?

Also, I was so close to checking it out myself today, I removed the glove box, and unscrewed the little metal bar across the slot but I got stuck at this step and I couldn't get the slot door open when I pressed the tabs down. (I know it's probably so simple... haha but I'm a little new at all this car do it yourself stuff. I am learning :-))

Anyone have any light to shed upon this topic?

Thank you so much for your input.


P.S. It's a 2004 Elantra GLS with 32k miles
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Anyone have any advice? How about removing smells in the air? I've tried Febreeze like everywhere a couple of times but it only lasts for a few days.
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Replacing the cabin air filter is pretty simple. It's found behind the glove box. You need to remove the support cables that keep the glove box from falling out and also pull out the plastic hinges at the bottom. You'll need to feel around to find them. Once the glove box is out, it's just a matter of a couple of screws to remove the air filter cover. When you put in a new one, just be sure that it's in the right way. There should be a small arrow that follows the flow of air and the two tabs should be towards you.

As for the smell from the previous owner, I doubt that it's coming from the air system unless he always set it to recirculate the air. The smell of smoke will probably be coming from the seats themselves. Might be worth having them cleaned.

You can also go to a place like canadian tire (in canada) or autozone (in us) and get a spray that's supposed to kill mold and mildew in the air system. I personally haven't had any luck with those, but it might be worth a try.

If you're really lost with the glove box, drop me a pm and i'll send you pictures.

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Thanks for the reply Alex! As far as getting the glove box off and the screws out etc... I was fine but my main problem was after I unscrew the bar and getting the actual cover open to get to the air filter (after I press the black tabs down and try to pull the black cover either forward or up... not sure if it is a flap that opens up or if its one that comes off)..... I feel really stupid because I know it's so simple haha...

Thanks for the other advice about the previous owner smell... I think i'm going to try replacing the air filter anyways.... it's overdue :-) but I may try some of that spray as well from Autozone!!!

I'll go ahead and send you a PM so if you want to help further... Thanks!
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Hey,

If the cover hasn't come off before, it's probably just sticking. There should be a couple of tabs at the bottom of the cover that hold it in place. The whole thing comes off but kinda rotates at the bottom. You should be ok to put a bit of force pulling it off, just be sure not to snap off the tabs at the bottom. It should come off like a dishwasher door. Once it starts moving, you can pull it upwards to get the tabs out of the holes. I hope this helps. If you really have trouble, I'll send some pics.

When you finally get it off, post some pics of the old filter. I'm a bit curious to see how gunky it is.

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Alright, sometime during the next week when I get some time off I will see if I can get it off....

I'm also curious if there's even a filter in there... I read on HMA Service that 04's were not factory installed with a cabin air filter, but are able to have one installed.

I'll keep you posted!


[b]EDIT: So I got the little door off to get access to the spot where there should be a filter, and just as I suspected there was no filter in there. I'm going to look around and see if there's any cheaper alternative after market filters other than the Factory ones that I can install in there.
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Yeah, my 2002 didn't have one when I finally found a filter to put in there. I live in Canada, and for some reason the dealers that I went to looked at me like I asked for a spare blender for my car when I asked for a cabin air filter. One place even told me that my Elantra didn't even have a place to put one. The auto-parts guy at a Hyundai dealership told me that.

Anyways, I figured the guy was an idiot, so I did some searching online and found a place with warehouses in Canada that had them for sale. Most online auto-parts websites will have third party filters for sale. I'm sure that Autozone would carry them too, but prices might be better online.

You can always do this too:

http://elantragtclub.tripod.com/elantra/id438.html

I get my parts from autopartsway.ca, but they have a US site too that sells the filters for $16.

Glad that my noob experience with cars came in handy for someone.
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As for gettign rid of the smell, you can try this. With the filter door open run the fan and spray febreeze into the filter opening. Sounds like you got the smokers smell stuck within the venting.

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I read a lot of places saying Febreeze only covers the smell up temporarily.

But I did find this guide these people posted on another type of car forum. This little PDF walk through shows using water and bleach instead of the Febreeze you mentioned in the post above this....

http://legacygt.com/forums/attachment.php?...68&d=1182663862


What do you think about trying that? Isn't bleach kinda bad to breathe? lol.... but I guess with the windows down it wouldnt be horrible.

[b]Is it worth a shot before I stick in a new filter??

here's the link to the forum post that referred me to the PDF file: http://legacygt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=64635

in case anyone is curious :-)

(google is awesome )

[b]EDIT: I talked to my friend who suggested an Air Purifier instead.... will do some investigation :-)
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If you want to buy a filter for your car, go to an auto parts store and tell them you have a Tiburon (tell them 03 if they ask what year). They have the same AC unit (and therefore the same filter), and the Tibs came with the filter so you can get replacement parts.
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