My cabin air filter is missing!

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Bob, Oct 6, 2009.

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    Bob Guest

    Car is a '04 Accent GT, really fun ride btw. I didn't realize it
    utilized a cabin filter until now and was sure it's overdue for
    replacing I found there was no filter within the access cover. I
    have not reached the 60K mile service point yet but had the 30K done
    at the Hyundai dealer. All other oil changes have been at independent
    shops. . Did the factory forget to install or is the dealer service
    negligent? Also, timing belt 60K mile question. Go to the dealer for
    the standard 60K service with a belt replacement or go to and
    independent and pay $250 for the belt {includes labor] plus the
    normal oil, trans fluid, coolant for a $400 total cost. Any waranty
    issues with going indie? Thanks, Bob.
     
    Bob, Oct 6, 2009
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    Irwell Guest

    If your car is '04 there maybe a time warranty regardless of the 60K.
     
    Irwell, Oct 6, 2009
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    Ed Pawlowski Guest

    IIRC, some models did not have the filter. None had them for the first 90
    years of automobiles so it is not that big a deal.

    Also, timing belt 60K mile question. Go to the dealer for
    What is the price at the dealer? If it is within $50, I'd opt for the
    dealer and their experience. OTOH, it is perfectly acceptable to have an
    independent shop do the work. Best to find one that has done that
    particular model. If the price difference is $200, I'd go for price. That
    much money is hard enough to come by these days and better in my pocket than
    the dealer.
     
    Ed Pawlowski, Oct 6, 2009
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    Partner Guest

    If you can get the belt replaced for $250, that's a good deal. To maintain
    warranty, go to the dealer and buy the belt, it needs to be OEM.
     
    Partner, Oct 6, 2009
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    hyundaitech Guest

    Or simply ask the shop to install a factory belt. They should be able
    to estimate the price increase with a factory belt.
     
    hyundaitech, Oct 6, 2009
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    IlBeBauck Guest

    Your A/C Evaporator Coil is going to be covered in dirt from no air
    filter being in place. When you take it in, make sure they service
    the Evaporator surface by cleaning the accumulated debris before
    installing an air filter. Your cooling should improve as well as
    airflow once this is done. Its relatively easy to change yourself in
    the future, but does require the glove compartment be removed then
    reinstalled. I find I need to replace my cabin air filter about every
    15,000 miles maximum .
     
    IlBeBauck, Oct 6, 2009
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    Ed Pawlowski Guest

    You don't have to buy from the dealer.

    http://www.gatesoe.com/timing_belts.cfm
    Import Timing Belts
    a.. The OE market is a complex array of belt materials, tooth designs and
    advanced construction technologies
    b.. The very same research and development efforts Gates places with our
    OEM parts, transfers to exact Fit, Function and Performance in all our
    import aftermarket products
    c.. We are not OE equivalent, we are OE
     
    Ed Pawlowski, Oct 7, 2009
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    hyundaitech Guest

    You have to buy an OE belt if you want the belt to continue to be
    warranted under the manufacturer's warranty. If you buy someone
    else's belt and it fails, that's not Hyundai's problem any more.
     
    hyundaitech, Oct 7, 2009
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    Voyager Guest

    I believe my Sonata calls for replacement every 10K miles. I think that
    is ridiculous, but in any event even if the factory forgot it
    (unlikely), the dealer should have caught it at the 30K service. I
    blame the dealer.

    Matt
     
    Voyager, Oct 7, 2009
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