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Does your car have a cabin air filter? If yes, is it time to change it?

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Some might know it as an air conditioning filter, dust or pollen filter and most might not even know its existence, and even though it is last on your priority list, it plays a significant role in the quality of the air you breathe.

Are they important?

Cabin air filters were only introduced in cars that were built after the year 2000. They prevent pollutants from entering the vehicle’s cabin, as well as leaves, bugs and other debris from entering the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system. It keeps the air inside your vehicle’s cabin clean and helps with allergy and asthma problems.

We all know once an advisor or a technician recommends us the service of replacing the cabin air filter, our quickest response is: I’LL DO IT NEXT TIME AROUND. But what we are honestly thinking is “he is just trying to sell me a service I don’t need”.

When is it time to replace it?

Before overlooking the suggested service, first and foremost check your owner’s manual to make sure your car has a cabin air filter and then ask yourself the next few questions and if you answer yes to any of them ,then it’s time to get it checked out.

  1. Is your vehicle’s heating and air condition system performing poorly?
  2. Is there a musty odor present in your car?
  3. Are you losing air flow?
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According to Car Care Council, the cabin air filter should be replaced every 15000 to 25000 miles or once a year. However, the latter depends on how much and where you drive. If you drive in heavy traffic with poor air quality or even in a desert climate where there is a lot of dust, the life span of the filter will be diminished, hence the maintenance interval will be less than the manual’s suggestion.

A piece of advice! In order to prevent overworking you’re A/C system and eventually the motor, and for your own health benefit, do not delay. Take matters into your own hand, follow up, check your owner’s manual and get it serviced.