Almost all cars and trucks today have air filters that filter the outside air before it gets pulled into the passenger compartment. What they filter is very fine particulates, such as dust and pollen. While this may not seem like a major thing for many, for those that suffer from asthma and allergies, clean air inside a car is a godsend. In order to keep the air in your car clean, most automotive manufacturers suggest that you change the filter every 10,000 to 15,000 miles. If you drive in dusty environments, you may want to change it more often.
Are you a DIYer? Cabin air filters can sometimes be changed by the car owner. Obviously this can save you some money but the “sometimes” means that some can be very difficult to get at. Here’s a good example: many cabin air filters are located behind the glove box and to get at it, you need to drop the box from its support fasteners under the dash.
Check out online to see what is involved. If you find that replacing a cabin air filter is a major operation, take it from Kahlo Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram of Noblesville, IN, it may be best to let a factory-trained mechanic do it for you. They will know exactly how to do it without breaking anything, because they have tricks to make the process easier. Best news is that since they do it all the time, its’ a quick job.
More expensive than engine filters
By the way, you may be surprised at how expensive replacement cabin air filters are. Engine air filters don’t need to filter out particulates like pollen, so they are cheaper to make. In general, cabin air filters are typically twice the price of common engine air filters because they are made of finer filter material.
Take a look
If you elect to have your dealership, replace your filter, ask to see it before they toss it. You might be surprised to see that stuff that it has caught. It may have insects, leaves, dirt and all sorts of stuff attached to its surface. If you see a lot of junk on the surface, you may want to replace it more often than the factory recommends. Your dealer can certainly give you advice on this.