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Cabin Air Filter?

After a quick search online, it seems the Intrepid does not come equipped with a cabin air filter. I'm guessing most newer cars have them? Not that I think I need one... I never had any air quality issues in the car lol but my friend mentioned how he just changed his so it made me think... wait a minute! lol
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Nope we don't have one, but if you really want they can be added.
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5 or 6 years ago, someone located a European source for them and was getting together a group buy, but it never came to fruition. I have a theory that the lack of that filter is why our a.c. evaps. fail (crap accumulates on them and causes corrosion - the filter would keep out most of the crap).

Here's my evap. Other people have posted photos of theirs, and they all pretty much look the same:





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The cabin air intake is just below the windshield trim on the passenger side.. .you could cut your own filter from a home depot cheapy and stick it in there pretty easy

EDIT : crap PEVA is that the "heater core" thats under the dash?
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The cabin air intake is just below the windshield trim on the passenger side.. .you could cut your own filter from a home depot cheapy and stick it in there pretty easy

EDIT : crap PEVA is that the "heater core" thats under the dash?
I'll have to dig up the info, but a while back when we had this discussion someone posted a company that makes aftermarket cabin air filter setups including ones that you can custom fit. That is a much better option than home depot crap.
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I'll have to dig up the info, but a while back when we had this discussion someone posted a company that makes aftermarket cabin air filter setups including ones that you can custom fit. That is a much better option than home depot crap.
:smileyvault-wtf: ok well while you dig that up a quick google search of custom cabin air filters came up with no companys like you describe but I found this guy doing just like I said...

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...crap PEVA is that the "heater core" thats under the dash?
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...I have a theory that the lack of that filter is why our a.c. evaps. fail (crap accumulates on them and causes corrosion - the filter would keep out most of the crap).

Here's my evap. Other people have posted photos of theirs, and they all pretty much look the same:...
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Here's my evap. Other people have posted photos of theirs, and they all pretty much look the same:
Gaaah. I'm really dreading replacing mine. I know it needs done...
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Well I found the old thread from way back. The site that someone posted for custom filters was for filtrete filters, not actual made for car cabin air filters. It would still work though and you can get the exact size you want.
Custom Air Filters, Accumulair, Furnace Filters, Air Filters, Honeywell, Aprilaire Filters, Filtrete | Filters-NOW.com

WIX filters also makes a ton of different filters that could be adapted to fit our cars. Here is a pdf installation guide showing a bunch of their different filters that was posted in the old thread.
WIX Connect : Error | Page Not Found

I registered for the site and was digging through some of the other info. I'm sure we could find one that would work and they can be ordered through local auto parts stores.



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The cabin air intake is just below the windshield trim on the passenger side.
You mean the trim where the defroster ducts are or in the engine bay? Same for 1st gen? I'm interested in this mod, you should see how dusty my car gets(I'm sure leaving my windows cracked with my rain guards on doesn't help either).

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I'd be interested in this, more for the keeping interior clean part of things, seems like my dash always gets a bunch of dust on it, probably from the lack of a filter.
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You mean the trim where the defroster ducts are or in the engine bay? Same for 1st gen? I'm interested in this mod, you should see how dusty my car gets(I'm sure leaving my windows cracked with my rain guards on doesn't help either).
just below your windshield is a black plastic housing with slits, your wiper blades are attached through it. Remove the wiper blades by popping off the plastic cap and unbolting them, you then need a torx or hex to get those plastic cowl pieces off...it's split in 2 down the middle. Right under there it is fairly easy it see, t's the only fairly large hole that goes into the firewall above where your AC stuff is on the interior on the passenger side. My newest thoughts on this are what if it gets wet? right now it's raining like heck and most cabin filters I've seen get replaced and installed in the interior under the dash.
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just below your windshield is a black plastic housing with slits, your wiper blades are attached through it. Remove the wiper blades by popping off the plastic cap and unbolting them, you then need a torx or hex to get those plastic cowl pieces off...it's split in 2 down the middle. Right under there it is fairly easy it see, t's the only fairly large hole that goes into the firewall above where your AC stuff is on the interior on the passenger side. My newest thoughts on this are what if it gets wet? right now it's raining like heck and most cabin filters I've seen get replaced and installed in the interior under the dash.
I originally thought this was true, but after looking at the install guide more car manufacturers put the filter on the outside. I would just put some kind of shield/guide to make sure water flows past it and then whatever else touches the filter won't be a big deal.
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cabin filters are more of a pain then their worth. i replace them all day, youll need to replace them sa lot ive seen several toyotas come in with 5000 miles on it and the cabin filter is trashed. it dont keep dust out either. itll keep the big stuff out like leaves but nothing else.
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possibly adds stress and will cause premature failer to the blower motor trying to suck air through a filter and later on... through a dirty filter
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