How Often Do I Change My Cabin Air Filter?

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If you’d like to enjoy clean, allergen-free air on your drives through Rumson, you need to know how often to change your cabin air filter. Most experts recommend air filter replacement every 15,000 miles or so, and that means you should take care of this service item roughly once per year. Check your owner’s manual for a model-specific guideline.

Although we’re always happy to help those who schedule service, the truth is that it’s very easy to learn how to replace a cabin air filter on your own! Find out what this component does and how much a cabin air filter costs by reading on.

What Does a Cabin Air Filter Do?

As you drive through Colts Neck and Red Bank, your vehicle is constantly pulling fresh air into the cabin. If you have to drive through dust, gravel, construction, pollutants, or pollen, contaminants will be pulled in right along with it! 

So, what does a cabin air filter do? Simply put, the cabin air filter in your vehicle takes out the particles in the air you don’t want, so you can breathe easy on your daily commute. Here’s a few other tips to keep in mind:

  • If you don’t know how often to replace a cabin air filter, and put off service, clogging will eventually reduce this component’s effectiveness. 
  • Road conditions often change with the seasons, or from year to year. Don’t be afraid to make adjustments to your replacement schedule.
  • It’s important to distinguish the cabin air filter from the engine air filter, which fulfills a very different but no-less-important function.

How Do I Know When to Change a Cabin Air Filter?

Although changing your cabin air filter roughly once per year is usually sufficient, a wide range of factors can impact your air filter’s lifespan. Spending lots of time in poor conditions, or even taking your vehicle off-road can cause a cabin air filter to clog up prematurely. 

If you don’t remember when your air filter was last replaced, there are a few easy ways to tell if it’s seen better days:

  1. Reduced airflow through your vents
  2. Unpleasant odors take longer to dissipate
  3. More and more dust in your vehicle’s interior

Not sure if you’re due for replacement? It’s always better to err on the side of caution when you’re scheduling service.

Tips on How To Change a Cabin Air Filter

We said above that it’s easy to learn how to change a cabin air filter on your own. In fact, it’s a simple, four-step process:

  1. Some models keep the cabin air filter under the dashboard, where it’s harder to replace on your own. If the air filter is under the hood or behind the glovebox, it should only take a minute to find.
  2. Determine where your cabin air filter is located by checking your owner’s manual, and pick up an appropriate filter at our parts department
  3. It’s a good idea to put on a facemask and gloves when you’re removing the old filter. Even small movements can dislodge significant amounts of dust and other contaminants.
  4. Place the old cabin air filter in a garbage bag and dispose of it properly. Install the new filter in its place, and seal everything back up!

How much does a new cabin air filter cost? Most service centers charge between $30 and $70 to perform the replacement from start to finish. The part on its own is more affordable.

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