Before You Check Your Heating System, Check Your Cabin Air Filter

cabin air filterThe cabin air filter is a small, pleated filter that cleans the air entering your car’s passenger cabin. As air flows through your car’s HVAC system, it’s directed through this material to trap contaminants like dust, dirt, and pollen before they have a chance to enter your vehicle. In the winter months, when your heat is running more often than not,  this filter is really put to the test.

How often should I have the filter replaced?

Recommendations on cabin air filter replacement tend to vary by manufacturer. Most recommend replacement services every 12,000 or 15,000 miles, but replacement can also depend on how much you drive and where. To be sure, you should check the maintenance schedule in your owner’s manual.

Usually, your mechanic will have this part on their radar and monitor it for replacement. Most filters need to be replaced between 15,000 to 25,000 miles, or about once a year


Read more: What happens if I don’t change the cabin air filter?


Do I really need to have it replaced? Can I just have it cleaned?

Cabin air filters are usually made of cloth, carbon, or paper. Paper filters should always be replaced, never cleaned. Select cloth and carbon filters are reusable and can stand up to a wash—your mechanic can tell you if you need a replacement or just a good hose down.

At V&F

Keeping up with regular, recommended maintenance like cabin air filter replacement can help extend the life of your vehicle and prevent high-cost repairs in the future. At V&F Auto, our certified mechanics use the latest diagnostic equipment, and high-quality CARQUEST auto parts, to make sure we get the job done right. Our auto repair services are backed by an industry-leading 3-year / 36,000-mile warranty on parts and labor. Call us today at (413) 314-2280 or schedule an appointment online.

Written by Nicole Palange

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