How Often Do I Change My Cabin Air Filter?

Car Cabin Air Filter

In order for you to maintain quality interior air in your car as you make your way through Hutto roads, you should have your cabin air filter changed. But how often should it be replaced? Your cabin air filter should be replaced every 15,000 miles, although it’s always a great idea to double-check with your owner’s manual for model-specific service intervals. You can even check with a local service center and see how your cabin air filter is affected by other factors like your regular driving conditions, habits, and climate. Learn more below!

What Does a Cabin Air Filter Do?

So, what does a cabin air filter do? This vehicle component is responsible for cleaning the air that passes through your vehicle’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. This is done by collecting any dirt, dust, pollen, and other contaminants in the air and preventing them from getting inside the vehicle cabin. Much like a vacuum bag, over time it can become clogged and needs to be replaced as it will affect the quality of the air entering your vehicle.

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

Knowing how often to change a cabin air filter may be different for every driver. However, if you frequently commute in a city with heavy construction and traffic or if you drive in a more rural area with dirt roads, then you may need to change your cabin air filter earlier than expected. And, if you use your vehicle for off-roading, this can also clog up your air filters faster. These are some more signs that it might be time to change your air filter:

  1. Reduced air flow when climate control systems are on
  2. Lingering unpleasant odors
  3. Increasing dust settling on vehicle surfaces

Tips On How to Change a Cabin Air Filter

If you’re up to the task, follow these steps to change your cabin air filters at home:

  1. First, use your owner’s manual to determine where the filter is located. This will determine how difficult or easy it is to replace the cabin air filter.
  2. Often the cabin air filter is behind the glove box or under the hood, which should be fairly accessible, but in some models, it’s under the dashboard, which is more difficult to reach.
  3. Protect yourself by wearing gloves and a mask in case removing the dirty air filter gets messy.
  4. Place the old filter in a garbage bag, and replace it with a genuine OEM part to ensure quality, durability, and fit, and to maintain the Acura warranty.

Following these steps will ensure you easily and safely replace your cabin air filter. Still unsure about doing this yourself at home? No worries! Schedule a service appointment at our Acura service center near Pflugerville and we’ll take care of it for you!

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How Much Does Changing a Cabin Air Filter Cost?

The cabin air filter cost replacement should not be too much of a demand on your wallet, as it will only cost you between $30 and $70 and should last you every 15,000 to 25,000 miles, or about one year. In some cases, depending on where your vehicle has had work done, your cabin air filter may be under warranty so you can save even more. And, be sure to be on the lookout for any local parts or service coupons that will offset some of the costs for a new cabin air filter.

Count On the Expert Service Team at Sterling Acura of Austin

Now that you know how often to change cabin air filters, you can find even more service features at Sterling Acura of Austin such as wheel balancing vs. wheel alignments, how often to get an oil changehow long can you drive on a spare tire, how to rotate tires, how to unlock a steering wheelwhen to replace a serpentine belt, why your car is leaking water, why your car shakes when braking, how many miles tires lastand why your car may be overheating. And, you can save even more on the essential services and automotive parts you need when you take advantage of our service specials and coupons. Contact us today to learn more and to schedule your next maintenance appointment at our Acura dealership near Wimberley! Continue to check every item off your vehicle service list with our guide on how to check your transmission fluid.

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