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Old 09-06-2016, 03:50 PM
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Ive never felt like changing a cabin air filter before, but my wife's Honda dealer keeps bugging us to change hers, so I figure Id do both the Pilot and JK at the same time. I get both in the mail today and have at the JK. Open up the glove box and low and behold, theres NO CABIN FILTER in there! WTF, Chrysler???
It was $10 and I threw it in there, but what the crap. Why would there be no filter in there?

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Old 09-06-2016, 03:55 PM   #2
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Cant answer for Jeep but on some chevy and dodge pickups, you had to pay extra to even have the "slot" for the filter. Our Silverado had it in the LT package, but our parents Ram Laramie only had the provision for it, even though it was a nicer package than our LT. FIL had to cut out the stamped plastic to reveal the slot where the filter would go and then insert the filter.

Just another way to squeeze a few extra bucks out of the buyer.

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Ive never felt like changing a cabin air filter before, but my wife's Honda dealer keeps bugging us to change hers, so I figure Id do both the Pilot and JK at the same time. I get both in the mail today and have at the JK. Open up the glove box and low and behold, theres NO CABIN FILTER in there! WTF, Chrysler???
It was $10 and I threw it in there, but what the crap. Why would there be no filter in there?
My understanding is if you get the "upgraded air-con" setup, it is used as a selling point for that. No other packages have them installed... but yea super easy to just drop in.
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Wat is this "upgraded" aircon? Is it different than just regular ol aircon? Dual zones (is that an option on a sahara)?
Cripes. Just to save, what, pennies per vehicle? How much could FCA buy millions of these filters for each?
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It's there.. here's a good video to watch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3JC4u_H2ok
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No it wasnt in there. Trust me. I didnt just put a new one on top of the old one
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You have to get the upgraded climate control to get the cabin air filter. The option that is the knob with the temp numbers on it. Forget what the option was actually called...
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No it wasnt in there. Trust me. I didnt just put a new one on top of the old one
Wasn't in my 2014 either, but went ahead and did it on my own. It's a lot cheaper than having to have the dealer do it, like on my wife's Hyundai. Their cabin air filter can only be done by the dealer. So it could be worse than spending the $10 to do it ourselves.
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Those two small filters from Mopar are $63 in Canada. There is a link somewhere here with the AC Delco part number and here it is $20 for four.
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When I bought my JKR in 2013, they were only included if you purchased the auto temp climate control option. I think it's just a differentiator to add value to that option. No big deal, you can pick up a set on Amazon for less than $20. I replace mine every year. Just did it a week ago and they were a bit gray after 12 months.
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Ive never felt like changing a cabin air filter before, but my wife's Honda dealer keeps bugging us to change hers, so I figure Id do both the Pilot and JK at the same time. I get both in the mail today and have at the JK. Open up the glove box and low and behold, theres NO CABIN FILTER in there! WTF, Chrysler???
It was $10 and I threw it in there, but what the crap. Why would there be no filter in there?
They only come with an in cabin filter if you get the automatic climate control anything else doesnt come with a filter pre-installed
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I agree. Pretty crappy to not install cabin air filters when everyone else does. It just shows you how much they love their customers. It's all about the money.
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I decided to add a cabin air filter after my first Moab trip - so much dust on the vents, couldn't be good for the system.
Last time i replaced i hit ebay and bought filters from ebay for under $5 shipped from China.
They're not quite as tightly manufacturerd as the Wix filters, and they don't tell you which side is up, but they're a good fit and appear to be the same material.
If you can wait a month to get them, its a really cost effective option.
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I agree. Pretty crappy to not install cabin air filters when everyone else does. It just shows you how much they love their customers. It's all about the money.
I think that's how it works otherwise we would just go to the dealer and pick up free cars when ever we wanted lol. My sport did not come with filters it did not bother me, my Rubicon did as I got auto climate control it did not bother me to pay for it tho.
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my 2015 Altitude has it....but I also have the AUTO HVAC system
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Wat is this "upgraded" aircon? Is it different than just regular ol aircon? Dual zones (is that an option on a sahara)?
Cripes. Just to save, what, pennies per vehicle? How much could FCA buy millions of these filters for each?
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You set the temp and it will try to keep it there, more like a house Thermostat. And yes, it is only available above a certain trim level (probably sahara)
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I've watched that video before and then I looked behind the glove compartment at my 2010 JK's setup.

I see the plastic grating. When I turn on the recirculate, I see the movement. But on the grating, there is no access door. It's all screwed down.

Is there a way to modify this to put the air filters in place?
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I agree. Pretty crappy to not install cabin air filters when everyone else does. It just shows you how much they love their customers. It's all about the money.
But tell us what an air filter does with no doors or top on the jeep? Lol
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Ive never felt like changing a cabin air filter before, but my wife's Honda dealer keeps bugging us to change hers, so I figure Id do both the Pilot and JK at the same time. I get both in the mail today and have at the JK. Open up the glove box and low and behold, theres NO CABIN FILTER in there! WTF, Chrysler???
It was $10 and I threw it in there, but what the crap. Why would there be no filter in there?

My thoughts EXACTLY! I thought I'd be REPLACING my cabin air filter, not INSTALLING it. Ugh!
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Mine came with the filter in place and I sure don't have climate control, I tried in vain to get them to delete the air altogether.
Sounds like they use a hit or miss method choosing which get it.
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But tell us what an air filter does with no doors or top on the jeep? Lol
similar to the air filters in your home's HVAC and window/wall unit A/C's, i was under the impression that the primary function of the filter is to protect the system itself (prevent build up on the blower fan and coils). the secondary function as a result of the primary, is improving air quality

in a vehicle, is the cabin filter before or after the blower fan / coils?
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in a vehicle, is the cabin filter before or after the blower fan / coils?
Before the blower - so yeah air is fresher, less dust in the cabin and the internals are going to last waaay longer. Just replaced mine after a year and wow they were dirty.

I used the Wix 24302 Cabin Air Filter - $26 CAD. https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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They werent in my 2015 either. Doesnt bother me one bit, although I did add them myself for just a few bucks. As stated above....it seems pretty worthless in a vehicle that you regularly take the top and doors off of.
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Wasn't in my 2014 either, but went ahead and did it on my own. It's a lot cheaper than having to have the dealer do it, like on my wife's Hyundai. Their cabin air filter can only be done by the dealer. So it could be worse than spending the $10 to do it ourselves.
Hyundai/Kia cabin air filters are among the easiest to replace. I can do it in two minutes. No need to go to the dealer.
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It's there.. here's a good video to watch

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3JC4u_H2ok
The only thing the video doesn't show is the direction of the arrows, indicating direction of airflow.
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I do the arrows pointing down - not sure if it really matters, both sides look the same to me.

They seem to work, here's what mine looked like when I changed them out after a year.

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Does it bother anyone else that she says "make sure it sits snugly next to the other filter" and there is a gap between them? Damn this OCD!
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Before the blower - so yeah air is fresher, less dust in the cabin and the internals are going to last waaay longer. Just replaced mine after a year and wow they were dirty.

I used the Wix 24302 Cabin Air Filter - $26 CAD. https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
i bought the AC Delco ones for $11.70 lol
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FYI - The dual (small) filters have been replaced by Mopar with a single unit with the part number - 68233626AA. This one is less prone to popping out of position like the dual smaller ones can do.
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You can't fit a single unit one in a Wrangler, maybe it works on other models but not the Wrangler - the door is too small.
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