- Vicious wrote:
- why did toyota make this slot for a filter but didnt bother putting one in? and is there any difference with having the filter on? :o
I actually asked and got this answered by someone I know at Toyota. The reason they left the filter out, was the air flow through the tC. I use a filter, and have since 07. When you put your filter in, you will see that you will tend to run probably 1 level higher blower speed. I used to run mine on 2 or 3 and now I use 3 or 4.
Back to my answer.... They felt that here in the states, the people generally want real good a/c and air flow from the vents. In their tests they felt that the filter restricted air flow too much for the average person. That is what I was told. and as you see in my previous statement, it makes sense too.
All that being said, I have not had any issues with the blower, I have hear of people having blower motor noises, or failure in tC's but I have run a filter for 4 years and 75k miles. (sorry, may be more like 73k miles, as I didn't have it in the whole time.)
For everyone that is doing this for the first time, keep in mind this filter will probably get dirty faster than your engine air filter. At least, mine has. I have needed one every other oil change at best, and my engine air filter usually goes every third. I do take the cabin filter out and tap it out on the driveway once or twice too. It is amazing how much crap it stops from blowing into the car.