2000 Camry LE bad odor from a/c heater cabin vents
Hello, Does camry 2000 LE have a cabin air filter. I'm unable to remove the glove box as there is a cable attached to it and its a fastening screw is inaccessible(glove box does not come out enough to access the screw head though I can see it easily)
On some forums I read that 2000 model does not have cabin air filter. Is that the case?
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Changing the cabin air filter is fairly easy to do if you follow this how-to guide. New vehicles usually come equipped with one or more cabin air filters. A cabin air filter provides fresh air through the passenger compartment side vents.
The first thing you need to do is locate your owner's manual to find out if your vehicle is equipped with a cabin air filter. If you can't find the information, then your car is probably not equipped with a cabin air filter. However, if you would like to be sure, call your favorite parts store and they can provide you with the information.
When you purchase the new cabin air filter, be aware that there are 2 types of filters. One is called the particulate; the other is called the activated charcoal. The particulate filters out road dust, bacteria, mold spores, pollen and other pollutants. The activated charcoal filters the above mentioned and filters harmful gasses and odors. People who drive around in gridlock or have an odor problem might consider buying the activated charcoal, though it is more expensive.
After purchasing the filter, make sure you have your eye protection, gloves, ratchet, socket and screwdriver before beginning the procedure.
Remove the glove compartment. Usually, vehicles are equipped with bolts and screws to hold the glove compartment in. Your glove compartment may have tabs as well, so be careful when removing the compartment and use the tabs to remove.
After removing the bolt and the screws, remove the glove box frame.
Locate the filter housing. Look for a removable plastic filter cover.
Remove the filter. Most under-dash filters can be removed simply by opening the filter door.
Before installing the new filter, vacuum the filter chamber to remove any excess particles. You may also take a damp cloth and wipe the inside of the air filter chamber to clean out unwanted dust and particles.
I would suggest to you to remove the lower cover, under the glove box, and then the glove box door. Next, remove the 3 screws that holds the heater fan motor to the heater box. Then, lower the fan motor out of the box area. You will probably find some debris in the fan part of the motor./fan assembly. If you car has a cabin air filter, I would also recommend that you change it at this time, whilst you have the cover off. This is a very easy job.
the cabin air filter is located behind the glove box...just take everything out of your glovebox ..then notice at the top how its held in easiest way is to remove the phillips head screws along the bottom at the hinge ...then look straight in its rite between the blower housing and the evaporator housing...hope this helps.
The answer is in your owner's manual. Just go to the parts dept of your dealer or to an auto parts store and get the filter. Next, empty out the gloove box. DIsconnect the damper (it is on the right side of the glove box that prevents the glove box from falling open too fast) Grip the top front of the glove box with your left hand and the top rear with your right hand and then push your left hand toward you and your right hand toward the front of the car, like you are trying to make the top of the glove box wider. While you are doing this, pull the glove box toward you so that the glove box is hanging down, (if it was full, it would have spilled the contents on the floor mat). Then the cabin air filter is toward the front of the car, just squeeze the two tabs on the left and right side and pull straight out towards you. You have removed the cover for the cabin air filter. Now, slide the filter out and put the new one in. Reassemble in the opposite that you disassembled.
Again, see your owner's manual, it tells you how to do it and saves tons of $$. This only takes 5 minutes or less.
I have an 06 corrolla. Open the glove box, empty it out, and on both sides you will find philips head screws holding the supports. Once removed the glove box will tip forward and expose the cover of the cabin air filter. Carefully remove the cover and pull out the filter.(note the directional arrows of the filter as you remove it) Installation is a reversal of the above.
It also helps to spray some Fridgi-Fresh or Fridgi-Freeze stuff on the cabin air filter and into the A/C condensor. It kills the odor causing bacteria. A local auto parts store should stock it. Might run you about $20 for a bottle of it.