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#6299 of 6957 Cabin Filters, or Not?
Jul 31, 2009 (5:26 pm)
My Honda Dealer/Stealer wants circa $33.00 for a pair of paper cabin filters for my 2005 Honda CR-V, and another outlandish amount to install them. Of course I buy them on eBay for circa $12.00 per pair, and install them myself in five minutes. I've purchased and have on hand about eight pairs ot these filters for future use.
Still, I'm wondering the consequence of simply removing the cabin filters from the vehicle. I mean, if I did remove them, would I die, become incapacitated in some horrible manner, have to cope with the occasional vicious fly, bug, or man-eating mosquito inside my vehicle, or what?
Vehicle manufacturers have a tendency to insist that we simply must not do without these filters, and of course they make a very handsome profit selling us these paper things. Nonetheless, we older folks have lived and drove for many miles, many years, without paper filters in our vehicles. Thus, I'm inclined to think that simply removing the cabin filters entirely would not prove detrimental in the least.
Thoughts pro and con are invited.
#6300 of 6957 Re: Cabin Filters, or Not? [mcdermott]
Aug 01, 2009 (4:36 am)
Well, it would be hard to argue that removing the cabin filter will shorten your life, particularly for someone past a certain age. But I just changed my cabin filter. Did I want to breath the stuff I saw trapped on the filter? No thank you.
Bottom line, the filter isn't expensive (if bought smart), nor does it take more than a few minutes to change. That seems like a small price to pay to breath cleaner air.
#6301 of 6957 Re: Cabin Filters, or Not? [mcdermott]
Aug 01, 2009 (2:37 pm)
We had cars without cabin air filters for the last 90 years or longer and no one died from the lack of this device. It's like going for a walk without a gas mask. I'm willing to bet $ 100 that one could prepare two identical cars, one with a new filter and another without, and 10 out of 10 people couldn't tell the difference. I think it's a gimmick right there with the engine flush and the power steering flush.
#6302 of 6957 Re: Cabin Filters, or Not? [extech2]
Aug 02, 2009 (5:18 am)
I completely agree with extech2 on this one....
#6303 of 6957 Re: Cabin Filters, or Not? [extech2]
Aug 02, 2009 (5:33 am)
I wouldn't doubt one bit that most people might not tell the difference between the two cars. But that's not the same as saying there is no difference. And I doubt if taking out your home furnace filter will kill anyone, either.
As for being the same as going for a walk without a mask, I'll agree with you when I take my walks at 75 mph!
#6304 of 6957 Re: Cabin Filters, or Not? [lzc]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Aug 02, 2009 (7:20 am)
Some people buy filter media from Ace Hardware and cut and fold it to fit the space where the OEM filter lives. Just a kludge but lots cheaper than most replacement filters.
Aug 03, 2009 (8:52 am)
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Aug 06, 2009 (1:25 am)
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#6308 of 6957 Re: Cabin Filters, or Not? [mcdermott]
Aug 06, 2009 (6:46 am)
My two pennies worth: I think the filters possibly provide some protection for the heater and AC. The heater core and evaporator have cooling fins closely fit together. Too much bug and dust build up will clog the cooling spaces over time and cause the system to run hotter. Not to mention reduced air flow into the cabin.