Why are people getting on his butt?
He said he bought an air filter -> it does not fit in the slot behind glove compartment -> he thinks its for the intake -> where is the location?
Is that not clear enough?
Disclaimer: None of this post is meant to belittle anyone or be a personal attack upon anyone. I'm explaining my logic for giggles, even if it only amuses me.
I don't think we are being rude, "getting on his butt". We are simply stating it was an unclear line of thought. I think your perception of clarity comes from having the whole thread to interpret from, rather than just the first post. Here are my lengthy
OP read to me as:
I bought an air filter-> it didn't fit where I tried it-> where can I buy the one that goes where I tried to fit it.
I made the (incorrect) assumption that he was trying to replace the cabin filter and that "where to find this
" was a plea for a vendor of the cabin filter. My assumption came from the thought that if I buy something that isn't what I thought it would be, I return it and try to get what I needed. If he is trying to stick it in the cabin filter slot, he must need a cabin filter.
The only qualifier for location (vendor vs car) is the word "in
" in "find the air filter in an '09 corolla
" which (to me) still isn't clear. I feel in that situation "in" is used interchangeably with "for." Given the order of the information, you don't yet know which filter he is talking about, or even that there could be two. His second question uses "this" thereby forcing you to infer the intended filter from the previous sentence. So if you had guessed "vendor" when you read the first sentence, you'd infer "cabin" when you read the third, or "car" -> "intake".
A clear question, using only the information given in the first post, might read:
"How do I install the external intake filter?"
He decided that the filter he bought was for the "external intake," and that he'd like to use it anyway, but didn't know how to install it.
But I digress...
If you decide I put too much thought into this post, read this article.
It is more geared toward a project style forum, but it has some application to a lot of the threads posted around here