Most late-model cars and trucks have cabin air filters. The cabin air filter might not be on your radar for vehicle maintenance, but it does play an important role in your vehicle’s systems.
The cabin air filter cleans the air entering your vehicle that comes through the ventilation, air conditioning, and heating systems. This special filter captures pollen, dust, and other airborne debris. Cleaner air is especially important for those who have allergies or respiratory challenges.
If it has been a while since the filter was last changed, you will see a lot of dirt, soot, leaves, dead insects, and lint trapped in the filter. If the “ick” factor isn’t enough of a reason to change, there are other problems with a dirty filter. A filter that is not performing will limit the efficiency and capacity of your heating and cooling systems, as well as put a strain on your fan motors when the air does not flow freely.
If you notice reduced air flow, lots of noise when you turn up the fan, or your vehicle smells, if might be time to replace the cabin air filter. Manufacturers recommend changing this filter between 12,ooo and 15,000 miles. However, this can vary depending on driving conditions and weather. During the spring, more pollen and allergens may mean you’ll want to replace the cabin air filter more frequently.
Before you attempt to do it yourself, keep in mind that cabin air filters are not always easy to access. Our technicians perform this change regularly and are aware of the delicate plastic trim and clips for proper removal and replacement.
If you are unsure whether you need to replace your cabin air filter, our technicians at Foreign Accents make it part of our inspection process to look, evaluate, and educate you on the status of these maintenance items.
To schedule your next maintenance or have your cabin air filter inspected, request an appointment online or call our Greensboro auto repair shop at 336.294.2137.