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Old 02-03-06, 07:11 PM   #1
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Hey guys. I've been meaning to change my air filter for a while. I knew it was fairly easy, but just never had the time to look into it and didn't feel like plunking down $30 for the Lexus filter. I know there are several threads (and BananaGS's web site) that tell you how to make the filter, but I couldn't find a thread that showed the how to replace it. Anyway, this thread shows you how. It's pretty basic, and might cause a few of you to , but for those who were wondering, here's how you do it. Give me about 15 minutes before you respond so I can upload all of the pictures.

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First, open the glove box:
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Once you clear everything out of the glove box, you will see a removable panel on the back of the box:
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Here's a close up of the removable panel:
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Remove the panel from the back of the glove box. Here is a picture with the panel removed:
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Once the panel from the back of the glove box is removed, you will see another panel right behind it that needs to be removed to gain access to the air filter cartridge.
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Remove the second panel and you will see the air filter cartridge. Here is a picture with the second panel removed and you can now see the air filter cartridge:
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Slide out the air filter cartridge by pulling it towards you. It should come right out:
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Once the cartridge it out, you can take the filter out of the cartridge. I can't be sure, but I would bet that this is the original filter from April of 1999:
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Next, take the old filter, line it up to one corner of your home air filter and trace the shape/size onto the new filter:
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Then simply take your scissors, cut out your filter and insert it in the cartridge. In order to complete the cardboard frame around the perimeter of the new filter, I used a corner from the home air filter that was going to be thrown away. Here is the completed product:
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And here's the back side of it:
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Now, I do have one question. Can someone tell me which way the air flows through the filter? Based on all the crap that was stuck in the top of the filter, I assume it comes in through the top and flows down through the filter, but I'm not completely sure. If that's the case, you need to make sure the arrow on your filter indicating air flow is pointing down (I just realized that mine is pointing up and I'm going to have to redo it ).

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Your assumption seems reasonable enough. Thats how I would do it!

Great write up! I had looked at a couple other wrtie up, sbut never went out and looked in the glovebox. Yours cleared the air for sure, right down to opening the gloce box! I always wondered what that flappy lever thing was for. LOL
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GREAT THREAD!!!!!

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E-man....You missed a step. First clean out your glovebox.
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