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Old 04-20-2013, 12:23 PM   #18
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Excellent write up, and the video post is also very helpful.

Just a note to anyone who is running out to buy brand new filters:
  • Filter arrestance performance IMPROVES as it becomes loaded. This is because particles will clog the various pores of the filter, obstructing airflow.
  • If you replace the air filter too early, you're actually not bettering interior air quality since the arrestance isn't improving.
  • If you replace the filter too late, this will increase static pressure on the fan, causing a reduction in airflow (which in turn will affect HVAC performance) and potentially freezing of the evaporator coil.

Like everything, the period for replacing the cabin air filter is a balance. The 2012 Camaro Owner's Manual states every 22,500 miles, and is probably a reasonable estimate.
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Old 04-20-2013, 11:42 PM   #19
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Excellent write up, and the video post is also very helpful.

Just a note to anyone who is running out to buy brand new filters:
  • Filter arrestance performance IMPROVES as it becomes loaded. This is because particles will clog the various pores of the filter, obstructing airflow.
  • If you replace the air filter too early, you're actually not bettering interior air quality since the arrestance isn't improving.
  • If you replace the filter too late, this will increase static pressure on the fan, causing a reduction in airflow (which in turn will affect HVAC performance) and potentially freezing of the evaporator coil.

Like everything, the period for replacing the cabin air filter is a balance. The 2012 Camaro Owner's Manual states every 22,500 miles, and is probably a reasonable estimate.
Good to know.
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Old 04-20-2013, 11:45 PM   #20
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where did you get your filter
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Old 05-01-2013, 11:47 PM   #21
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Old 05-19-2013, 07:41 AM   #22
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I just did mine the other day. 40k on the odometer.

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Old 05-20-2013, 07:21 AM   #23
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I just did mine the other day. 40k on the odometer.

I just changed mine the other day as well and it looked very similar. I have a little over 32k miles on the OD. I bought the WIX filter from my local parts store and it was $40! Oh well, it's not like I'm going to be changing this every 5k miles, only seasonally..lol
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Old 05-24-2013, 02:46 PM   #24
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I did mine last weekend ordering the TYC from the links in this DIY. Mine was just as dirty as all of yours with 39k on the clock. It's nice to know there's cleaner air coming into the cabin.
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Old 08-21-2013, 12:07 AM   #25
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Good DIY changed my air filter last night and it was quick and painless! thanks!
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Old 08-21-2013, 12:16 AM   #26
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Thank you for this thread. It is very helpful.
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Old 11-03-2013, 09:55 AM   #27
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Thanks for the great post and pics guys.
My AC compressor was replaced, and I figured it was as good a time as any to replace the cabin filter. Thanks to the great instructions posted above, the whole affair took about 5 minutes.

A word of caution- when trying to remove the filter housing, the gasket had gotten stuck. I just had to pull pretty hard. This is probably due to misuse.

My filter was totally gross and full of grime and debris.
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Old 11-03-2013, 12:15 PM   #28
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Spray Lysol on a new filter for a clean fresh scent in your car!
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Old 11-03-2013, 11:05 PM   #29
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Thank you for this one. I changed mine out last weekend! 49k miles.
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Old 11-03-2013, 11:28 PM   #30
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Ok, I had to go and make sure it was there. It was. Still looks new.
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Old 12-18-2013, 01:12 PM   #31
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Good DIY changed my air filter last night and it was quick and painless! thanks!
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I was told that if you attached fabric softener sheets to the filter the incoming air into the car would smell great. Y'all think this might work?
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Old 01-05-2014, 09:05 AM   #33
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Rockauto.com $9 apiece. Ordered 3 to make it worth shipping. Appear to be same quality as OEM.
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Old 01-05-2014, 09:32 AM   #34
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I was told that if you attached fabric softener sheets to the filter the incoming air into the car would smell great. Y'all think this might work?
I wouldn't do that for a car, maybe on your home ac.
For the in cabin filter I'd spray it with either lysol or fabreeze.
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