- Denis on Cabin Air Filter
At Filterheads.com we are always looking for ways to make our products and services easier to use and reach more people. We feel very strongly that technology is one of the best tools we can use to help us achieve our goal. One recent way we have used technology is by including QR codes on our invoices. This QR code technology allows you to scan the QR code from any capable mobile device and it will take you straight to the installation video of the cabin filter you just purchased. With this technology you can watch the installation video of your cabin filter on your mobile device while you are doing the installation. We have made a short video to explain in greater detail click the below link “Filterheads QR codes” to watch the video.
Thanks for watching the video. If you have a mobile device capable of downloading apps (like a smart phone) you can download a QR or barcode scanner app for free at your app store so you may benefit from our QR code technology.
Many people do not know that the vehicle they drive has a cabin air filter. As a result this filter may not is not getting serviced properly. In many cases even if you take your car back to the dealer or quick lube for service they are not servicing or asking you if you want to service your cabin filter. Below is some information on what the purpose of a cabin filter is and why it is important that it be serviced on a regular basis.
What is a cabin filter? Cabin filters are a recent addition to the automotive world. Cabin filters started in Europe in the 1980’s. By the mid 1990’s they started migrating to popular domestic vehicles such as the Ford Taurus and Contour. The function of a cabin filter is to filter the air that enters the vehicle through its ventilation system. The result is cleaner air in the passenger cabin of the vehicle. This helps to keep the interior of the vehicle cleaner and aides in the reduction of contaminants, such as pollen, soot, road dust etc., which the driver and passengers breathe.
Why is it important to service cabin filters? Like other maintenance products cabin filters have a scheduled service requirement. Once the cabin filter has reached its life expectancy, its ability to perform diminishes. As the filter media becomes saturated with dirt, its ability to allow air to flow through the media is restricted. This can adversely affect the way your air conditioning cools your vehicle’s cabin. It can also limit your defrost systems ability to clear your windshield.
Your total satisfaction with the products we sell is important so we work hard to make certain that our products exceed your expectations. The first step in ensuring that satisfaction is producing our filters in ISO certified facilities. ISO stands for The International Organization for Standardization and this ISO certification ensures that our factory meets standardized ISO requirements during the production of our products. One of our requirements is that our factories operate under a control plan and flow chart. These written documents ensure that our products are manufactured, controlled and quality assured to our drawings and documented specifications. They also ensure that our products are quality controlled at various stages of manufacturing and that the process is documented properly. Once the product is completed one final check of the critical dimensional measurements is taken, recorded, and logged into our Quality Assurance program.
One other way we guarantee the quality of our products is to test them at an independent testing facility. This facility specializes in the detection and analysis of particulate contamination and verification of filtration performance. The testing facility is located in Michigan near the big three automakers and we picked this testing facility because of their automotive expertise. The test facility is certified and accredited by The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation. This accreditation not only verifies the testing facilities competence but also ensures they are in compliance with ISO/IEC Guide 17025 for good laboratory practice. They test our filters to the methods and standards set by ISO and SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers). We test our filters for Fractional Efficiency, Capacity and Final Flow Restriction. These three qualities are the most important to test for to ensure the quality of a filter. Our cabin filters are tested with a special contaminant that is certified by ISO and is especially made for testing cabin filters. This contaminant is made up of particles that range in size from 0.3 microns to greater than 10 microns. To give you an example, a particle the size of 10 microns is not visible to the naked eye. Pollen ranges in the size from about 5 to 100 microns and mold ranges from 2 to 20 microns. Using this special ISO certified cabin filter contaminant during testing is an important step to make certain that our products are of the best quality and are filtering out these types of unwanted contaminants before they enter your vehicle.
In addition to the manufacturing and testing of our products we also take the extra critical step to do fit tests to make certain that the products we sell fit properly in the vehicles they are made for. This is where we really separate ourselves from our competition. In general we produce a filter that is made to the construction of the original equipment filter but we have found in some cases that an adjustment to the construction would make for a better fit or ease of installation and in these cases we have made those improvements to the filters we manufacture. Without doing this critical step we would have never found these types of design flaws in the original equipment design. Our competition does not share the same passion we have for cabin filters but at Filterheads we are very dedicated to supplying you with the best product in the business and that is what we do. You can see some of these fit tests in the videos we produce to show the consumer how to install the filter in the vehicle.
Our company takes great care and attention to detail when making a filter and has a passion for making a filter that not only performs like it should but also fits and looks like it should. We take great pride in what we do and want you to be completely satisfied with our products and service. We want you to be a customer for life and we work hard every day towards being exceptional.
We are so confident in the quality of our product that we offer you a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
If you have any questions or would like to give us some feedback on what we do right and things we can improve please send us an e-mail at email@example.com or call us toll free at 855-598-8551. We would enjoy hearing from you.
Spring is right around the corner and one of your maintenance requirements for spring should be to change your cabin air filter. This filter is often overlook by shops, dealers and quick lubes but it needs to be maintained on a regular basis. What better time to do this than now just before spring? At filterheads.com we can help you get your vehicle ready for spring with a new cabin filter and we show you how to install it yourself. Don’t let the pollen get you down this year change your cabin filter with a filter from filterheads.com!!
With today’s economy many people are trying to cut expenses and save money where they can. One of the ways people are saving money is by doing their own car maintenance. Many of these do it yourselfers are unaware that their vehicle is equipped with a cabin filter that also needs to be maintained on a regular basis and that changing that cabin filter is something that they can do themselves. The recommended maintenance schedule for most cabin filters is 15,000 miles or 1 year whichever comes first. Filterheads.com would like to help you save money by supplying you a cabin filter that will look and fit just like the original cabin filter in your vehicle but at a fraction of the cost. We will ship you the cabin filter with no shipping or handling charges and show you how to install the cabin filter yourself with make and model specific instruction sheets that are included in each box and how to videos on our website. Most cabin filters are easy to change and can be changed in 15 minutes or less. Doing it yourself is not only rewarding but also saves you expensive dealer or quick lube labor rates. The quality of our product is exceptional and I have more than 20 years in the automotive filtration industry and more than 11 years specifically in cabin filters. Please stop by filterheads.com and see what I am talking about first hand. We are eager to earn your business.
Hey wanted to share with you how to change the cabin filter in a Toyota Tacoma and Pontiac Vibe. The Filterheads.com part number is AQ1045 it fit like a glove.
Only takes about 15 min or less
Tools: Philips head screwdriver may be needed on some models
Location of cabin filter:
Behind the glove compartment
1. Open the glove compartment.
2. On the right hand side of the glove compartment you will see a rod connected to the glove compartment this is called the dampener rod. This rod may be secured in one of two ways. If the rod is secured by a screw use the Phillips head screwdriver to remove the screw then remove the arm by slightly closing the glove compartment while pulling the arm slightly forward and off the shaft it was hooked to. If the rod does not have a screw simply remove the arm by slightly closing the glove compartment while pulling the arm slightly forward and off the shaft it was hooked to.
3. Now remove the glove compartment by pushing in on both sides of the glove compartment while pulling it downward until you disengage the stops on each side.
Once the stops are disengaged allow the glove compartment to swing downward and off its hinges. Set the glove compartment aside
4. You should now see the cabin filter door. Open the cabin filter door by unlatching the two latches at the top of the door and allow the door to swing downward.
5. Remove the old filter by pulling it straight out.
6. Install the new filter with the air flow indicator arrow printed on the side of the filter down.
7. Close the cabin filter door and make sure that you re-latch both sides.
8. Pick up the glove compartment and re-hinge it at the bottom. You should hear both hinges snap back in place.
9. Once the bottom of the glove compartment is hinged in place at the bottom. Partially close the glove compartment until the stops on each side re-engage.
10. Now re-install the dampener rod by sliding it back on the shaft on the glove compartment or if your model had a screw slide it back on the shaft on the glove compartment and secure it with the screw.
11. Close the glove compartment.
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We shot a 2005 TL this week. One of our people met an older gentleman at the gym and asked him if he was interested in a free cabin filter installation. Like most everybody, he had no idea what a cabin filter was. He came to our office and we did the installation/filming in the parking lot. The shoot went fine and we had the pleasure of getting to know Charles.
Josh and I got our hands on a Cadillac SRX this week (2004 I think). One of the used car lots that we work with had it. As as we pulled up the cowling, I foolishly reached in and pulled on the filter housing and broke off one of the four tabs that secured it to the firewall. The remaining three tabs were not enough to hold it in place, and it simply fell off the firewall. We ended up gluing it in place with weather-strip adhesive. In the end, we realized that the housing had a cover that snaps off of the top and allows the filter to slide out while the housing is still attached. We ended up not shooting any video of that particular car because we had already spent all the time we had poking at it. We have since come across several forum posts relating similar stories about Cadillacs. When we do get access to another one, we will make a special point of explaining this housing design weakness in the video we make.
Dwayne and I took Josh for his first junkyard video shoot today. We went over to Pop’s pick-and-pay in Mechanicsville to look for something Mercury Mystique-ish from around 2000. We actually found one that had not been picked completely clean yet. We managed to get some decent footage. I bet we are the only ones who have ever smuggled new filters into a junkyard.