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Old 05-10-09, 04:46 PM   #61
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I pulled mine this morning - thanx to this thread, I would have never knew there were 2 filters! Local auto supply didn't have one in stock, would have to order, $30 - I said I would check around and let them know. I did take a brush and air compressor to it and got it fairly clean, then sprayed it good with Fabreze.
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Old 05-10-09, 04:51 PM   #62
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the filter is still supposed to be able to go there just because it's not there doesn't mean you can not fit one, but im going to do one myself.
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Old 05-10-09, 04:53 PM   #63
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If you haven't got a filter, makes one wonder what the evap looks like! I swear I get noticable more air flow after I cleaned mine out, plus with the Fabreze it smells nicer also!
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Old 05-10-09, 06:03 PM   #64
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What i mean is that on a car like this it should be there in the first place.Maybe it's still like the planes they built in WW2.Pilot protection is always secondary.
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Old 06-12-09, 07:27 PM   #65
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I purchased a DENSO filter if I am correct for my 2001 ES. There were 2 filters in the box. One was a hinged filter (fold in half ) and the other was a unhinged (regular straight ) filter of approx the same size. I wondered why I got 2 filters and posting this cleared this up EXCEPT why one filter cannot be folded in half. In other words, how does this one go in. Did I get the wrong filter kit???
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Old 07-29-09, 10:34 PM   #66
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i did the steps but am stuck at getting the filter out i dont see the tabs for getting the filter door off. do i ihave to cut the zip tie? and move the wires to see the tabs or something??
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Old 07-30-09, 12:18 PM   #67
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Would this replacement of the cabin/AC air filter aide in removing a slight smoke odor from the car, i.e. past what air fresheners, fabreeze, and other deodorizers do?
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Old 10-20-09, 08:30 AM   #68
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I just did this yesterday. Did not have anything in the compartment except for some leaves. I also did not unplug the electrical wire bundle because I didn't notice any tabs. The zip tie that is there can be easily undone. There is a tab on the zip-tie you can press on to loosen it and then move the wire bundle aside. It was a real pain to get the top filter in correctly, but once that is in, the bottom was simple.

I have a 1998 model.
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Old 10-20-09, 11:26 AM   #69
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Sweet thread! Thanks yall!
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nice n detalied n looks easy DIY ..am goona do it soon . will let u know
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so like said i would change it ..
I finally got the filter today but was busy during the day so i finally did it @ sunset!
mnn i didnt know it was a bit pain in *** to access the filter. I thought i would @least be able to see it straight.
I had lot of debris so had to vaccum it .
Sorry about the pics . Took from old BB camera phone.
Thanks for the DIY.
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Thanks to this thread, I replaced my 2000 ES 300 filter with Wix. Yes, it was a real pain in the a** but it's money well saved.
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found this on ebay for $14 from china... does any one know if these are worth while to save a buck. I'm going to order them anyways just to try it. I'll post back with updates.

Air Filter For Toyota Camry MCV20 98-99 88880-33040
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found this on ebay for $14 from china... does any one know if these are worth while to save a buck. I'm going to order them anyways just to try it. I'll post back with updates.

Air Filter For Toyota Camry MCV20 98-99 88880-33040
For the relatively small price differential between Original Lexus filters and these unknown filters, and especially considering that Cabin air filters should last you several years, than do yourself a favour and order originals.

You will know that you are getting top quality as well as a perfect fit.

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This is a great write up! I replaced the cabin filters in my '97 ES300 (yes, it actually had them!) last night. The whole job took about 15-20 mins. The car already smells less 'musty' and dank when I turn the air on. I have no idea how long the old filters had been in there. At 195K miles, I figure this simple maintenance job was long overdue!
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