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Yesterday I completed the first maintenance task on my new-to-me '07 Ridgeline: cabin air filter change. Took a grand total of 10 minutes (thanks to all the helpful instructions here on ROC) and made a huge improvement in air flow. From the looks of the old filter, I would say it was slightly overdue :)

 

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That's pretty nasty!
 

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Mine was nasty at 3 years and 23K.

If you have not done the service before, you have to put some force into getting those clips loose. The first time I did this on my CRV, I thought that I had broken them.

I got my filter from NAPA auto parts.
 

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I think some are charcoal impregnated which also makes them look black.
 

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The one that I installed a couple of years ago was pure virgin white when installed and looked pretty much like the OP's filter when I removed it a month or so ago. This includes the leaves etc too. . . .Blower performance is markedly better since the replacement. I'm thinking I might need to do it every 6 months!
 

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I think some are charcoal impregnated which also makes them look black.
I've tried a few of those activated carbon, sodium bicarbonate, and grape seed polyphenol filters over the years. They work well for the first few minutes that air is flowing through them after which their odor reduction capability dramatically decreases. I've found them to be mostly gimmicks (hardly different than home "air purifiers") and won't buy one unless it's the same price or less than a standard filter - even then, I prefer the OEM filter for its balance of quality, effectiveness, fit, and price.
 
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