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Servicing Tips - Cabin Air Filter


Breathe Deep With Your Car's Cabin Air Filter

2019-11-10 08:14:03

Dust and pollen is nothing to sneeze at. But seriously, more and more vehicles these days come equipped with a cabin air filter. Since they're fairly new on the scene, a lot of people don't know about them yet.

These filters clean the air in the passenger compartment, or cabin, of your vehicle. They do the same job as the filter in your heat pump at home. They can filter out particles as small as three microns. By contrast, a grain of sand is about 200 microns.

Your cabin air filter cleans out dust, pollution, pollen and other contaminants to keep the air in your car nice and clean and just like your engine's air filter, they need to be replaced when they get dirty. Check your owner's manual or ask your service advisor at Oil Changers, but they typically need to be replaced at around 30,000-40,000 kms.

The filter is usually either under the bonnet or under the dashboard. Some are a little tricky to get to, so you'll want to have Oil Changers take care of replacing them.

As we said, many people don't realize they have a cabin air filter and go to their shop complaining about a funny smell in the air conditioning system. It turned out to be a cabin air filter that was long overdue for replacement – really dirty and starting to smell. A quick replacement and they were on their way and smelling fine.

Anyone who is allergy sensitive can really benefit from a cabin air filter, as it keeps dust and pollen allergens to a minimum. If you're one of them, you'll want to stay on top of your filter replacement schedule.

Of course if you do a lot of driving in dusty or polluted conditions, you may need to change your cabin air filter more often.

Oil Changers
PO Box 16686 Hornby
New Zealand, New Zealand 8441
03 3442374


Vehicle Servicing - Cabin Air Filter Replacement

2018-11-12 08:35:05

There are a lot of new features on 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.

Cabin air filters 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. 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'll probably want to go to your friendly and knowledgeable service advisor at Oil Changers to get it done. Check your vehicle owner's manual to find out if your vehicle is equipped with a cabin air filter and how often it should be changed. Recommendations vary, but generally a cabin air filter needs to be changed every 30,000 to 40,000 kilometres).

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 may 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 people know that good car care includes keeping your vehicle clean, including the air inside the passenger compartment, so changing your cabin air filter should be part of your routine preventive maintenance. It's good 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.

Oil Changers
PO Box 16686 Hornby
New Zealand, New Zealand 8441
03 3442374