We’ve all witnessed them: those quaint, cardboardy, evergreen air fresheners dutifully dangling from rearview mirrors, their pine perfume permeating auto interiors. But you know what they say: The cover up is worse than the crime. Maybe instead of imposing a holiday tree on your passengers’ nostrils, what’s really needed is a cabin air filter replacement to freshen things up at the source.
The cabin air filter cleans air entering a car’s interior via the ventilation, heating and air conditioning systems. Its job is nabbing pollen, dust and other nasties so you spend more time eyeing the road instead of sneezing and wheezing. The filter is especially important for drivers and passengers suffering from allergies, asthma or other respiratory issues. Not all vehicles have cabin air filters so, if in doubt, check your owner’s manual—or ask your friendly car parts pros here at Glenbrook Auto Parts in Glenview.
Carmakers differ on their recommendations for when to change the filter. Some rely on the odometer (maybe every 12,000 to 15,000 miles), but those recommendations should be taken with a grain of dust… er…uh… salt. Driving conditions rather than time driving could be the deciding factor. For example, commuting in grimy, gridlock-plagued urban areas or regularly traveling in dry, dusty desert regions probably will accelerate the replacement schedule. More concrete signs that replacement is required include unrelenting interior odors or diminished air flow when operating the heating or air conditioning.
A solid rule of thumb is to check the cabin air filter annually. Inspection and replacement in many cases is one of the easiest DIY projects you’re likely to encounter, even if you don’t consider yourself a DIYer.
Here are some tips taken from the detailed directions from our NAPA Know How Blog.
The cabin air filter is usually located inside the glove compartment, under the dashboard or under the hood. Locate it and pull it out. A clogged filter will be blackened and/or debris-filled. For this summary, let’s assume the cabin air filter is located inside the glove compartment.
Remember, with Glenbrook Auto Parts in Glenview, you can save time by ordering your parts online and picking them up in the store. We’ll have them ready and waiting for you.