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Where is the cabin filter located on an 08 LTZ?

Replacement of cabin air filter

Postby fish [OP] » Jan 27 2011, 11:05pm

Where is the cabin air filter location on a 08 silverado LTZ?
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Re: Replacement of cabin air filter

Postby starspangled6.0 » Jan 27 2011, 11:15pm

Did you check to make sure you even have one? I was certain that I had one (it makes sense) on my 97 Sierra, but after doing a little research, I found that the reason auto parts stores didn't carry one for my truck was because GM didn't put it in.
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Re: Replacement of cabin air filter

Postby adams99z71 » Jan 28 2011, 12:11am

i dont see that you have one. its not listed in the owners manual. for the 99-2005 models you would have to removed the heater cover underneath the dash on the passagers side. four bolts hold it on. then there would be a push in tab that opened a little door releasing the two filter elements. the chiltons manual has a great pictorial of how to do this. i recommend getting one if you plan on doing any work on the truck yourself.
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Re: Replacement of cabin air filter

Postby Z15 » Jan 28 2011, 1:48am

Starting in 2003 GM discontinued cabin air filters in trucks, so there is no cabin air filter in a 2008 truck.

I can't say the precise reason but one GM service manager told me it was mostly because it was a contentious service issue in that a large percentage of owners had no idea one existed in their vehicles till the A/C system developed problems due to the filters being plugged. And when they were charged by dealer a confiscatory amount to replace them Chevy received countless customer complaints. Filters are never covered by warranty.

They were not that easy for the average person to service.
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Re: Replacement of cabin air filter

Postby jepics » Jan 28 2011, 2:08am

It seems like such a great idea to have cabin filters. I can see the difference in the amount of dust and pollen on the dashboard between my car that has one and the truck that doesn't. Since I am an allergy sufferer, the cabin filter is very important to me. I was surprised that my 2009 Sierra did not even have the option of having one.

On some level I understand why GM discontinued them. But if the manufacturers designed them to be easily replaced, that would be a better resolution.

They have made it such a royal pain in the *ss to change them, that it is not generally something the average car owner would be able to do.

My wife's Subaru did not come with a filter, but was designed to have one installed. I chose to install it, and that involved removing the glovebox and part of the dash. Following those damned wordless instruction manuals for installation, I supplied all the *$*#$&#^@^ words myself! But once done, it will be easier to do the 2nd time around.

I also have an older German sedan that was equally difficult the first time. I've installed that one a few times over the last 10 years, so I know which screws to remove, and which ones to leave alone. It still takes me a half hour, but at what the dealer charges for labor, I'd leave it out.

While they can cause clogging of the air system, they provide a wonderful service. If I could install one in my Sierra, I would.
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Re: Replacement of cabin air filter

Postby Z15 » Jan 28 2011, 2:25am

The one in my '09 CTS4 is easy to change in that its under the hood. Just remove 1/2 of cowl screen (few screws), then small door and lift out filter. I can do it in about 15 min. The filter is pricey though, the charcoal odor version runs over $30 from AC Delco store. I can buy similar 3M filter 10x the size for the furnace for less than 1/2 the cost.
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Re: Replacement of cabin air filter

Postby LBZDMAX » Jan 28 2011, 3:10am

I can't believe this thread is more than 2 posts long.

/adds cabin filters to the list of pointless topics.

They're pointless. I have allergies too but i can't put a filter on the world. I take medicine and roll on.

Like said, most people have never even heard of a cabin filter soooooooo, will HIDs work on my truck? Lol.
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Re: Replacement of cabin air filter

Postby JCZSilverado » Nov 16 2011, 9:45pm

Some prefer to not use the drugs (the body doesn't know the difference between a legal drug prescribed by a doctor and an illegal drug bought on the street corner).

So where's the cabin air filter in an 02 Silverado 1500?
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Re: Replacement of cabin air filter

Postby JUSTINKP » Nov 20 2011, 9:09pm

Not sure if my 2011 has a CAF, but if it doesn't, I'm going to make my own. Basically just take an air filter for a furnace unit (you can get this at your local hardware store) and cut it into a rectangle to fit. You'll want one under the black plastic under where your windshield wipers are, as that is a main spot for air entry to your cab, and you'll also want one in the recirculating area which is inside the cab, under the dash, in the corner (usually on the passenger side). If you don't know where this is, turn on your A/C to maximum, and recirculate it, and feel in the corners under the dash for the airflow. You'll see what I mean. Cheap, easy, and reliable. You won't believe how dirty the filter will get, and I'd rather have all that dirt on the filter rather than in my lungs.
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Re: Replacement of cabin air filter

Postby starspangled6.0 » Nov 21 2011, 4:01am

Wow, great idea! I can only go about a week, and then my truck is just filthy on the inside. Would it just take one air filter to cover all the openings?
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