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Servicing Tips - Cabin Air Filter

Breathe Free: Cabin Air Filter Replacement

2015-04-16 12:00:00

There are a lot of new features, both optional and standard, on car owners' vehicles these days. One you may not have heard of is called a cabin air filter. Simply put, its job is to keep the air in the passenger compartment of your car nice and clean.

A Cabin air filter can catch particles down to three microns. By comparison, a grain of sand is 200 microns. So cabin air filters are effective against dust, dirt, pollen, mold spores and most pollutants in our atmosphere. Good news if you suffer from any types of allergies, or if you live in an area prone to air pollution.

Cabin air filters are generally located in the engine compartment or under the dashboard. They can be tricky to access and replace, so you may want to get yours checked at your next service. Check your Cars owner’s manual to find out if yours is equipped with a cabin air filter and how often it should be changed. Recommendations vary, but generally a cabin air filter should be changed every 20,000 - 40,000 km's.

Of course, if you are an allergy sufferer, you may want to replace it more often. Also, if you do a lot of driving in polluted or dusty areas, you’ll also want to shorten the cabin air filter replacement period. Dirty air filters just don’t work well, and they can exude an unpleasant odor if ignored for too long.

Most  folks know that good car care includes keeping your car clean and the air inside the passenger compartment is no different, so changing your cabin air filter should be part of your routine preventive maintenance. It’s good auto advice as well as good medical advice that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. You really shouldn’t wait until the interior of your car starts to smell and your eyes start to water before you change your filter. And trying to cover it up with a dangling green pine tree is not the right answer, either!

Cabin air filters can be a welcome relief to allergy sufferers, but they’re also a great idea for anyone who just wants to breathe better.