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post #11 of 44 (permalink) Old 09-24-2017, 01:55 AM
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I cleaned my filter and took some pics.
Push the pins in for removal. Push them out befor reinserting.
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post #12 of 44 (permalink) Old 10-01-2017, 12:24 PM
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Here is one of the Amazon "Fit's your 2017 Chrysler Pacifica" that does not fit.
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I cleaned out this filter just over a week ago and I can't believe how much stuff is in it again already. Take note if you park under a tree with a lot of debris that gets all over your windshield a lot of it probably gets down into the filter too.
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I cleaned my filter and took some pics.
Push the pins in for removal. Push them out befor reinserting.
Can you let me know the link where you purchased your filter?
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I agree with daniel9478. After quite a bit of research from the internet, I have found this cabin air filter was wrongly listed to be the same as Town & Country and it seems that the only way to make sure is buying the OEM filter part number 68308950AB.

By the way, the same problem applies to the engine air filter as well and the correct OEM part number for the air filter is 68214516AA which I confirmed by looking at the actual one under the hood.
Thanks to hungvu for making this a simple process. Ordered parts 68308950AB and 68214516A after performing a quick web search. Settled on "MyMoparParts" for the vendor. Cost around $50 including shipping for both filters, arrived in under a week or so.

Replacement was pretty trivial for both filters. Was actually impressed with the build quality/tightness of the engine air filter. The cabin air filter seemed to go at an odd angle, left side glove box frame tended to block the opening? Maybe I was just too impatient. But just make sure not to crumple the internal air cabin filter too much if you need to angle during insertion like I did. Once it is generally in place, you can kind of re-fan the filter to make it proper again.

Here are some general photos. Replaced at about 9000 miles. With our environmental conditions, I'd say both filters were just fine, but replaced just for completeness.
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I cleaned my filter and took some pics.
Push the pins in for removal. Push them out befor reinserting.
Can you let me know the link where you purchased your filter?
The aftermarket one I received didnt fit. I have not found a sucsessful aftermarket one and I am now thinking to order the OEM because it seams to have carbon filtration.
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The aftermarket one I purchased also didn't fit very well.

The OEM size for the pacifica (using my own ruler) is 8.25" x 9.8" x 0.8". The aftermarket filter I received from Wilson Automotive Warehouse on Amazon is 7.8" x 9" x 1.2" (see photos).

The pacifica internal air filter port has specific guides for the OEM filter (see photos). However, since the aftermarket is not as wide, it avoids those guides, so it still technically fits. However, I can see where air will now slip past the filter because it doesn't cover the entire area between the blower and intake. So my non-scientific estimate is that 8-12% of the blower air will not pass through the filter, whereas the OEM probably doesn't miss much.

Pros: It's much cheaper to buy this filter than OEM. Also, because it's thicker than OEM, it would presumably be able to filter for longer, because the filter media has more total surface area. The filter material itself seems sufficient quality as well.

So the question becomes, is it really worth spending $15-30 bucks MORE on a filter that fits perfectly? I'm not so sure, especially because this is for a vehicle that constantly cycles non filtered air through doors, windows, and ambient dust. Further, I don't believe the carbon "dusting" in the OEM is enough to make much difference.

My only concern after resolving the cost vs fit question is that any larger particles that slip past the filter could get into the blower assembly, etc. Given the size and quantity of tree junk that came out of the OEM filter when I replaced it, this seems possible, though unlikely to cause issue. Though, over years of time, the blower assembly could start accumulating dust, which might contribute to premature failure.

Side note: You can get an OEM filter for $22.34 shipped right now (Ebay item #192131842882).
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I cleaned my filter and took some pics.
Push the pins in for removal. Push them out befor reinserting.
Can you let me know the link where you purchased your filter?

The aftermarket one I received didnt fit. I have not found a sucsessful aftermarket one and I am now thinking to order the OEM because it seams to have carbon filtration.
Update:
The bay area was full of smoke the last two weeks from the fires and the OEM filter worked very good. It was very smoky when I gont in, I kept it on freash air intake, After a 30min. commute I could tell how good the filter was working when I opened the door and the smoke hit me again.
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Dotbot, I'm wondering if you were worried at all about the 8 - 12% that is not covered by the lower cost filter you could block that very small area with some insulation or weather stripping. Considering the filtering and airflow continue to work even as the filter overtime gets soiled, one would think that that tiny area being blocked so all air movement goes through the filter would be fine.
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