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#1 Old 04-26-2012, 05:27 PM
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Cabin Air Filter

... this thing was just a little dirty at 12,000 miles ...



so simple to change, discounted to $15 ...

not bad at all ...
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That's not terrible, they get gray after a very short time although at 12K it would be time for a new one. I take mine out every few weeks since it's so easy to access, and vacuum out the loose dirt between the pleats. I did recently replace mine at 1yr/12K as Hyundai recommends. Got Wix filters from RockAuto for about the same as you paid.
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You just reminded me to change mines.. 15000 miles here..oops
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I just put my fourth cabin filter replacement in today...car only has 27,500 miles on it. I have been driving the same commute every day for almost 15 years, and have never had filters get as dirty as they get in the Sonata (both engine and cabin filters.) I could easily go 12,000-15,000miles in other vehicles before the filters were noticeably dirty and filled with debris. This car I am lucky to go 4-5mo/6K miles between filters before they are filthy and embedded with junk. Makes no sense.

Was at dealer today for state mandated annual inspection and a routine oil/filter change. Service advisor comes out waving my cabin filter and says "you need a cabin filter." I said "no, I will take care of that myself...that one is only four months old." He said no problem and put it back in. The filter was gray, but still had some bright white showing. Wasn't horrible.

Ten minutes later he comes out for a lady waiting for her Sonata to be serviced and says "Maam...you need a cabin filter and wiper blades." Her cabin filter was dark black and caked with debris. She agreed to the replacements and they charged her $55 for "Sonata specific" wipers and $25 for the cabin filter.

I stopped off at NAPA on the way home and bought a new cabin filter for $17.99. Had it installed 5 minutes after pulling into the driveway. Fit perfectly and was stamped "made in South Korea." I usually order the cabin filters on Amazon, but noticed the price has gone up from $8.50 to $12.50. For the extra $5 for the NAPA filter, I just decided to get it locally this time.

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mine was dirty after 5k miles and i changed it to oem cabin air filter

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How do you change the cabin air filter and were is it?

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Go to you tube and enter how to change cabin air filter on 2011 sonata. There are detailed videos. Very simple

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Or check your owners manual, page 7-29.
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The cabin air filter is almost a useless device; something for dealers to make money off of.

I suppose if you never open the windows, doors or sunroof then it will be effective, but the minute you do you've introduced dust and dirt into the car.
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Not totally useless, it does keep the dirt out of the ventilation system and away from the evaporator core and housing. This helps limit mold/mildew in the HVAC. It also reduces dirt/pollen blowing from the vents directed at the occupants.
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