Most drivers put their oil changes and tire rotations at the top of their priority list when it comes to car maintenance. However, some other things often get overlooked, like the cabin air filter. The springtime is the best time to refreshen your car's air quality by replacing the air filter.
What Does the Cabin Air Filter Do?
As you can guess with the title, the cabin air filter ensures that you and your passengers get a steady stream of clean air flowing throughout your car. It blocks harmful things like pollen, bacteria, allergens, dirt, and dust. The filter also acts as a barrier against larger debris like leaves and bugs. This is especially important to change out in the spring, especially if you have seasonal allergies.
When Should I Replace the Cabin Air Filter?
The general rule of thumb is to replace the cabin air filter every 15,000 to 25,000 miles. However, people tend to forget that it is even there and often gets neglected. Therefore, you can look out for these tell-tale signs of a dirty cabin filter:
- Malfunctioning air conditioning and heating
- Reduction of overall air circulation throughout the cabin
- Unusual, lingering odors
- Odd sounds coming from the cabin air intake
- You or others get allergy symptoms (sneezing, watery eyes, etc.) from being inside your car
If you're experiencing any of these problems above, you likely need to replace the cabin air filter. While you may consider doing it yourself, the component's placement can be tough to get to. We welcome you to our auto service shop for quick and easy cabin air filter replacements.
For fresh and clean air in your car this spring, please bring your vehicle to Fast Lane European for a filter replacement.