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    Default Pollen filter, or no pollen filter...

    Replaced the air filter on my MIL's Xsara N1. Went to change the pollen filter, removed the old one, and found out that the replacement I purchased was the wrong size...

    I believe that the pollen filter was the original. 118,000 kilometres. It was filthy, filthy, and filthy. Worst I've ever seen. Was preventing the demister a/c air flow big time.

    So I did not replace it, left it empty, and closed the cover back.

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    I assume there will be no impact on the a/c system what so ever. True?

    Do I really need to put a new one in or leave it empty?

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    Do you drive through fields of flowers very much?
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    Where would the filth have ended up without the filter?


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    Not quite sure, prolly in ya face or feet. My MIL does 2000 a year now, so I'll get around to a new one, but its not on the radar. However, these pollen filters do the job. Earlier cars had none at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arunine View Post
    Do you drive through fields of flowers very much?

    Only strawberry fields forever...
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    Quote Originally Posted by 207cc Sport View Post

    Do I really need to put a new one in or leave it empty?

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    No you don't need it

    Unless of course, you care about, all the crap and dust which should be collected by the filter ending up blocking the aircon evaporator.

    At that stage it may end up a dash out job and a pump out/ recharge of the aircon system to remove and clean the evaporator core.

    It's entirely your call of course, but personally I would refit a replacement filter as a priority.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robmac View Post
    No you don't need it

    Unless of course, you care about, all the crap and dust which should be collected by the filter ending up blocking the aircon evaporator.

    At that stage it may end up a dash out job and a pump out/ recharge of the aircon system to remove and clean the evaporator core.

    It's entirely your call of course, but personally I would refit a replacement filter as a priority.
    My initial thought exactly. However a lot of the foreign matter would likely be flushed away with the condensate when AC was operating.

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    No, it blocks the fins. Omission is foolhardiness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whippet View Post
    My initial thought exactly. However a lot of the foreign matter would likely be flushed away with the condensate when AC was operating.
    Do you think ? I suggest the condensate would have little effect with the fan forcing the crap in to the fins.

    My experience is that as the fins block the static pressure is increased and crud gets even more tightly forced into the fins.

    Eventually the Tx valves loses control range and evap freezes to a block of ice.

    If the op is hell bent on saving money, at least fit a couple of layers of aircon filter media, in lieu of the proper filter.
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    Wet humus around the evaporator base also hastens corrosion to failure; this is common with the XM.

    It's common for people to think the filter doesn't fit because they have it the wrong way around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by addo View Post
    Wet humus around the evaporator base also hastens corrosion to failure; this is common with the XM.
    I always thought it was due to not enough tahini.
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    Depends on your ethnicity.

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