Excuse my auto noobness.

E equals MC2

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I plan on changing air filter to improve gas mileage as you guys pointed it out here previously. It's the filter to the engine.

So I went to Autozone and asked for 'air filter'. It's an accordian-shaped zig-zagged cloth panel.

But I think this is an air filter to the cabin, not for the engine.

Are those two different things? If so, what do you call the engine air filter?

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Gibson486

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you have an engine filter and cabin filter (in some cars). cabin filter is for filtering out pollen from the air conditioner. Not all cars have this. Engine filter is your normal filter. The guy at autozone must have been numb to not ask you which you needed.
 

Svnla

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There are two kinds.

One is air filter for the engine <near by the engine>

One is for the AC unit <inside the dash>
 

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Originally posted by: Gibson486
you have an engine filter and cabin filter (in some cars). cabin filter is for filtering out pollen from the air conditioner. Not all cars have this. Engine filter is your normal filter. The guy at autozone must have been numb to not ask you which you needed.

Not if the salesman knew the OP's car doesn't need a cabin filter.
 

Gibson486

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Originally posted by: biggestmuff
Originally posted by: Gibson486
you have an engine filter and cabin filter (in some cars). cabin filter is for filtering out pollen from the air conditioner. Not all cars have this. Engine filter is your normal filter. The guy at autozone must have been numb to not ask you which you needed.

Not if the salesman knew the OP's car doesn't need a cabin filter.

but he gave him a cabin filter.
 

Injury

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Why don't you locate the air filter in the engine (Since you plan on replacing it anyway) and find out if that's the right part.

In any case, please post the make, model and year of your car so we can better figure out whether you car has a cabin filter and if this is the part you need.

Also, please post the brand and part number of the item you purchased.
 

Gibson486

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Originally posted by: Injury
Why don't you locate the air filter in the engine (Since you plan on replacing it anyway) and find out if that's the right part.

In any case, please post the make, model and year of your car so we can better figure out whether you car has a cabin filter and if this is the part you need.

he drives a mazda 6. If it is anything like a mazda 3, he is gonna cry when trying to access either of those filters.

Anyways, that is what an engine air filter look slike, OP.
 

E equals MC2

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Originally posted by: Gibson486
Originally posted by: Injury
Why don't you locate the air filter in the engine (Since you plan on replacing it anyway) and find out if that's the right part.

In any case, please post the make, model and year of your car so we can better figure out whether you car has a cabin filter and if this is the part you need.

he drives a mazda 6. If it is anything like a mazda 3, he is gonna cry when trying to access either of those filters.

Anyways, that is what an engine air filter look slike, OP.

Yea my car both has cabin and (of course) engine filter. What I got is cabin filter... which is fine I guess, who doesn't like fresher air in the cabin?

As for engine filter. It's only $25 at valvoline to replace. I don't mind paying $10 more for labor than getting it installed myself.
 

Gibson486

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Originally posted by: E equals MC2
Originally posted by: Gibson486
Originally posted by: Injury
Why don't you locate the air filter in the engine (Since you plan on replacing it anyway) and find out if that's the right part.

In any case, please post the make, model and year of your car so we can better figure out whether you car has a cabin filter and if this is the part you need.

he drives a mazda 6. If it is anything like a mazda 3, he is gonna cry when trying to access either of those filters.

Anyways, that is what an engine air filter look slike, OP.

Yea my car both has cabin and (of course) engine filter. What I got is cabin filter... which is fine I guess, who doesn't like fresher air in the cabin?

As for engine filter. It's only $25 at valvoline to replace. I don't mind paying $10 more for labor than getting it installed myself.

just spend the $10. If you never replaced an air filter before, those mazdas are not a good vehicle to learn it on.
 

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It's good to know exactly what type of filter your car knows.

I first learned by opening mine in my Civic (easy to reach) and found it was CHARRED! It was rectangular type.

Our old car had a ring type
 

Injury

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heh... the air filter in my 97 sentra is a breeze. I do it in the parking lot immediately after buying it. It takes longer to ring me up for the thing than it does to install it... completely tool-less.