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    Red face Cabin Filter

    Looks like 18 months is too long between changes here in S Texas with oak trees hanging over the driveway? This is just how it came out of my 2014 CX-5 today when I finally got around to changing it. Note to self...change cabin filter in 6 months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SA Bill View Post
    Looks like 18 months is too long between changes here in S Texas with oak trees hanging over the driveway? This is just how it came out of my 2014 CX-5 today when I finally got around to changing it. Note to self...change cabin filter in 6 months.
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    FYI OEM cabin filter from factory is charcoal filter and it looks dirty even if itís new. And the OEM cabin filter available at US Mazda dealer is NOT charcoal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yrwei52 View Post
    FYI OEM cabin filter from factory is charcoal filter and it looks dirty even if it*s new. And the OEM cabin filter available at US Mazda dealer is NOT charcoal.
    My 2017 GTR with less than 8000, and less than a year looked like the picture in this thread. There is no need to get an OEM filter. There are plenty of decent and cheaper filters in the market. And don't have your dealer replace and install. It is a ripoff. It could be done by yourself in fewer than two minutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yrwei52 View Post
    FYI OEM cabin filter from factory is charcoal filter and it looks dirty even if it*s new. And the OEM cabin filter available at US Mazda dealer is NOT charcoal.
    Yeah, It got me when I checked my filter at 8,000 miles. I thought it looked so dirty so I rushed out and bought a new one. Then I find out they come black from the factory. Unfortunately I found out after I trashed the original one.

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    Yeah...the new filter came from Amazon and it has the charcoal.
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    If you park your car outside, especially under a tree, set the air mode to "recirculate" BEFORE shutting it off, to keep stuff from falling inside... it'll help make your filter last longer, if you like driving around with "fresh air" mode all the time
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    Since I am garaged, I replace once a year. But if I wasn't, probably every 6 months.

    You can get an aftermarket charcoal cabin air filter on Amazon for ~$10.
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    I bought the OEM aldehyde filter from japan... it's expensive, but works way better than any of that charcoal crap you can find here... it removes not only odor, but pollutants from the air... you get what you pay, and it works... I've been using this type of filter in my protege for over 10 years now
    https://www2.mazda.com/en/publicity/.../990408ea.html
    trivia: this filter design was women led R&D, according to a ford/mazda ad I saw years ago

    both my mazdas are parked in the garage, and the 3 is daily driven... I usually use recirculated air mode, and finally replaced it this year when it reached 30k miles, but over 3 years old... it had some dirt/leaves in it, but nothing compared to the pic posted in this thread
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    I'm not sure there are many aldehydes in my area.

    OTOH...

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics...ence/aldehydes

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    Yeah change filter every 6 months, goes along with change brake fluid every year and change engine oil every 750 miles. That and change tires every 10K miles and finally when I retire my CX5 and compare running costs to my neighbor's X5 - it comes out even

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    Quote Originally Posted by ralf11 View Post
    I'm not sure there are many aldehydes in my area.

    OTOH...

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics...ence/aldehydes

    live in a big city, and most certainly you'll have it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaps View Post
    Yeah change filter every 6 months, goes along with change brake fluid every year and change engine oil every 750 miles. That and change tires every 10K miles and finally when I retire my CX5 and compare running costs to my neighbor's X5 - it comes out even
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheMAN View Post
    live in a big city, and most certainly you'll have it
    I don't. "All" our pollution is organic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheMAN View Post
    I bought the OEM aldehyde filter from japan... it's expensive, but works way better than any of that charcoal crap you can find here... it removes not only odor, but pollutants from the air... you get what you pay, and it works... I've been using this type of filter in my protege for over 10 years now
    https://www2.mazda.com/en/publicity/.../990408ea.html
    trivia: this filter design was women led R&D, according to a ford/mazda ad I saw years ago

    both my mazdas are parked in the garage, and the 3 is daily driven... I usually use recirculated air mode, and finally replaced it this year when it reached 30k miles, but over 3 years old... it had some dirt/leaves in it, but nothing compared to the pic posted in this thread
    do you have a link to that filter?

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    That is ridiculous. It looks like there is very little accumulation of dust and fine stuff, just some really large things of a scale the filter shouldn't have to deal with. There should be a grill, or mesh pre-filter.

    If that were mine, I'd probably slap it on my knee, or blow it out with compressed air and put it back in. It doesn't look dirty aside from those big pieces.

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