Cabin air filters are often an overlooked bit of car maintenance, but they make a lot of difference for your health and the health of your vehicle. Eventually, a cabin filter replacement is vital.
Cabin air filters are designed--as the name suggests--to filter all of the air that comes into the cabin. At first this may not seem like a big deal, because you’re already outside, already on the road, and the air that you’re breathing should be fresh, right? Wrong.
For starters, air filters block out pollution. Think of the placement of your grill and the position of the vehicle in front of yours’ exhaust pipe--they’re almost touching. You don’t want that carbon monoxide pouring into your car, so a quality cabin air filter will clean that out as the car sucks air in. That is one of the reasons a cabin filter replacement is so important.
It also keeps out dust and debris. If you’re on a dirt road, or a leafy autumn road, or anywhere else where the streets aren’t pristine, the cabin air filter blocks all of that from blowing into your face. More importantly, perhaps, is that it blocks all of that from clogging your heater and air conditioning.
But with time all of that particulate matter builds up and must be cleaned out, and that’s when you replace your cabin air filter. It’s recommended that you do this at least once a year, or every 12,000 miles. If you don’t, then the filter won’t be as effective. You’ll notice that your heater and AC don’t work as effectively and efficiently, because the filter is clogged and not as much air can get into the cabin.
But the good news is that we can help you find your cabin filter replacement, no matter the make, model or year of your car. Every filter is a little different, so you need to get the one custom made for your vehicle. Even better, we show how to change cabin air filter tricks and tips so can do your cabin filter replacement with confidence.
Changing the air filter is an easy job you can do yourself with a little help from your owner’s manual. Most air filters are located behind the glove box, and you reach into the glove box and release the clips holding it in place and let it down gently. Then the cabin air filter can be accessed usually with the removal of a few pins or clips. The old filter will likely be dirty and dark, cluttered with bits of leafs, dirt, and debris. Sliding a new filter into place is a simple job, and you then just replace the pins or clips, and lift the glove box back into place.
Now, not all vehicles are built that way, so it’s important to check your owner’s manual, but generally replacing the filter is a snap that can be done in less than 20 minutes--faster if you’ve done it before. We are here to show you how to change cabin air filters with confidence.