How and where to change the cabin air filter, or air conditioner filter

Tiny
MARCOROD
  • 1997 TOYOTA PRADO
  • 12,000 MILES

Its the filter for the air contitioner, because only a small amount of air is reaching the end.

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Wednesday, December 28th, 2011 AT 8:19 AM

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Tiny
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We don't have the references for this vehicle- try checking the air blend door-

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Wednesday, December 28th, 2011 AT 8:34 AM
Tiny
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Where is the air blend door that situated. Can you tell me where is it located?

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Wednesday, December 28th, 2011 AT 9:45 AM
Tiny
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Its a 1997 Land Cruiser Prado GX1

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Wednesday, December 28th, 2011 AT 9:47 AM
Tiny
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There's no pic indicating the exact location-sorry

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Wednesday, December 28th, 2011 AT 11:03 AM
Tiny
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Cabin filters are common only for 2k years onwards and most probably there is none installed in your vehicle.

The most likely cause of clogging would be the evaporator fins. Try using compressed air to blow from the blower motor end. Removing the blower motor would give you more room.

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Wednesday, December 28th, 2011 AT 11:53 AM
Tiny
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Thanks for the help, I suspected that it wouldn't have one. Please let me know if its safe to clean out the evaporator by my self as I do have some mechanical and elctrical knowlaedge on cars.

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Thursday, December 29th, 2011 AT 6:56 AM
Tiny
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It is ok as you are not going to discharge the A/C freon. If you are able to get a cleaner that can be sprayed onto the evaporator fins to dissolve the dirt, that would be good. Compressed air is a must if you want to do a good job.

Open all doors while doing the job for ventilation as dust would be flying around.

Another way is to spray cleaner onto the evaporator core where the fins are and allow to dissolve for a few minutes. Use a garden hose with a little pressure and low volume to flush the fins and wash away the cleaner as well. Ensure the evaporator discharge hose is not clogged and it would flood the cabin if it is.

Note : Do not use any cleaner that are too acidic as it can damage the evaporator core.

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Thursday, December 29th, 2011 AT 12:18 PM

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