- lori wrote:
- I have a 2007 TC Scion. I saw there is a compartment for a cabin filter but it is empty. I called the local toyota dealership and they have no listing for one. Do I need one?
hey lori, welcome back, long time no post! Well to get to your question, yes the 07 tC DOES have a slot for the cabin air filter. The reason Toyota left it out is because they did not use a blower fan that was strong enough to overcome the air resistance if a cabin air filter was used. I think it was 09 they updated the factory part to be more powerful.
What does this mean for you? Put a cabin air filter in but be aware that you'll have a slightly less flow of air out of the vents. Some people notice, some don't. Toyota doesn't have a listing for that filter because they knew that if they restricted the air it could put a load on the blower fan and eventually would cause it to wear out. Plus they wanted a certain amount of air to flow over the a/c evaporator coil behind the dash.. They didn't want the warranty issues associated with that, so they left out the filter.
Notice that the filter holder *IS* there?! See the engineers did plan on it being there, but the bean-counters/accountants cheapened it up by going with a less powerful blower motor.
The solution is if you want a filter, get a denso filter online (I personally like these) or another source, you'll eventually learn the cheap junk from the good stuff just by looking at it. Either way.. get a cabin air filter, put it in, run it, see if there is a reduction of air flow.. If there is, see how long you can run the motor before it dies.
My original fan (without a cabin air filter) died and toyota wanted like $160-200, no thanks. I got a TYC aftermarket blower fan for about $35-40, installed it, had better air flow with a cabin air filter, than the original w/out a filter!
My solution to this is simple, replace the hvac blower fan with the TYC, then install a new cabin air filter. I say this, that way you don't have to put up with lower air flow from the original blower fan.
Here's a link to what I bought.. yes sometimes things die (when you read some of the reviews), the TYC has a lifetime warranty on it, if it dies, you get another one for free! I did get one that made some noise, got another been working perfectly ever since.
See? I know I'm a bit in-depth but hey now you know.. I'd say get a filter and see how it goes, if the blower fan does die, TYC has a nice quality unit for cheap to replace yours! and yes it's VERY simple to replace!