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How to replace the antipolen filter
Taking this easy steps will improve the air conditioner performance
Published by jimmylee
31-03-2007
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How to replace the antipolen filter

OK... before start... a little more about me,

My name is Jimmy Lee; and I live in Panama city, Republic of Panama, Central America.
Our weather is really stable here on the tropics... lot of heat; so having a good air conditioner in your car is a must (unless you like to get wet and messy every time you go to a meeting or something).

I have found somewhere (can't recall were i read that) that replacing the antipolen filter often enough will improve the lazzy behavior of the air conditioner; I'm not sure if that was true but this is basically what i did:

1. I install 2 layers of tint paper on the windows. I have reflective Johnson high performance and on top of that, I installed black Johnson tint paper for extra heat shield... Really works, besides, some guffy guy told me about titanium tint paper and supposedly this setup will work as that for half of it price.

2. I swap the antipolen filter. As soon as you replace that damned filter, the air conditioner performance improves a lot.... so check it out.

first.. LOCATE THE DAMNED FILTER!!!

I have found over the internet that question a lot... with different erroneous answer. I ask the fiat dealer where the filter was.... one of the mechanics there told me... Unfortunately for him... I won't service my palio there anymore... (they wanted to bill me over 175 US dolars for 40000km service... when i used to pay 30 bucks for each service before)
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You will need a phillips head screwdriver to remove the cover. The cover has 2 screws... one on the bottom (easy to locate) and another one on top. I didn't made a close up because is really uncomfortable to take the picture! After you remove the cover.. just pull it out.
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So... definetly this one needed to be replaced.
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just check the new one how looks like!!
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and just in case... check the part number.. his filter cost me around 16 US Dolars here...
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and that's it folks.
IF some of you guys finds out a way to make the air conditioner works better... just post it.
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Old 12-05-2008   #1
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Re: How to replace the antipolen filter

My 2000 Palio Weekend 1,6-16V with A/C has a different, much thinner filter.
It has to be removed by unclipping a small cover near the accelerator (no tools needed) and than pulling it out, which is very difficult, because there is limited space.
The new filter has to be as thin as possible, otherwise you won't get it in it's place, so I cut everything sticking out with a very sharp Stanley knife, I lube the corners with some Teflon lube, and with some luck, you can slide it in, you have to carefully bend the filter to get it past everything in the way....click the cover back on, set.
First time, it took me about two hours, now I can change it in half an hour....
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Re: How to replace the antipolen filter

w00t, worked great.
Muchas gracias
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Re: How to replace the antipolen filter

Hello
I'm from Panama too.
I have a problem with the A/C it's hint of cool air.
I recharge and it last for a month and few days.
If you have some suggestion thanks.



Regards.
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Re: How to replace the antipolen filter

thanks i'll give it a try & tell u how it goes
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Re: How to replace the antipolen filter

Quote Originally Posted by vondeibel View Post
Hello
I'm from Panama too.
I have a problem with the A/C it's hint of cool air.
I recharge and it last for a month and few days.
If you have some suggestion thanks.



Regards.
unfortunately you have a leak... 20 bucks refill every month.... not worth it

take your car to "aire si" or some other air conditioner shop.
Complete air conditioner over all will cost you around 400 dollars here.. wich will be a good investment if you are still having this issue (sorry for the late response)
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