Servicing Tips - Cabin Air Filter
Fresh Air Inside Your Car
Air quality has certainly become a hot issue in our modern world. We install air filters on our ventilation systems and in our vacuum cleaners. There's a filter that cleans the air going into our vehicle's engine — so why not one for the air in the passenger compartment?
Vehicle manufacturers haven't been ignoring the issue. Cabin air filters are becoming a standard feature on most new vehicles. These filters can clean particles out of the air down to three microns, which accounts for pollen, dust and most pollutants. Drivers and passengers who suffer from allergies or have a respiratory disorder should be a lot more comfortable and even if you don't have a medical need for the filter, the cleaner air in your car just might help you breathe better, figuratively as well as literally.
Cabin air filters are still fairly new in the New Zealand, so you'll have to check your vehicle owner's manual to see if you have one (or the room to install one). If you do, your routine car care will have to include changing the filter as part of your preventive maintenance. The owner's manual will give recommendations on how often the filter has to be changed, but if the air where you live is particularly dirty or if you're prone to hay fever, you may want to change it more often.
Your friendly Oil Changers service advisor can also offer suggestions on how often to change your cabin air filter in your area. They're the ones who actually see the dirty filters, after all.
There is no standardized location for cabin air filters. You can usually find them in the vehicle engine compartment or under the dashboard, but they might be somewhere else. So the ease of changing the filter will depend on its location. Some are readily accessible, but others make you wonder how they got installed in the first place. Bring your car into Oil Changers and we will locate your cabin air filter for you.
If your car does have a Cabin Air Filter then you should change the filter regularly. A sure sign that a filter needs to be changed is that the interior of your vehicle will start to smell bad. That smell is exactly how some drivers discovered that they had cabin air filters in the first place!
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Breathe Free: Cabin Air Filter Replacement
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.