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Cabin Air Filter in Oakridge Park, ON

Cabin Air Filter Service: Everything you need to know

Have you noticed a musty odor in your car lately? Or is your car’s heat and air conditioning not working as they usually do?

This all may be happening because of a clogged air cabin filter. Clogged filters can impact the flow of air which your vehicle HVAC system depends on. Dirty filters adversely not only affect cabin air quality but also reduce the power output from the engine.

So, what is a Cabin Air Filter, and how does it work?

The cabin air filter is a small size pleated filter. It’s usually made of multi-fibre paper cotton that cleans the air that comes into the interior through the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system. It catches dust, dirt, debris and other airborne material such as pollen that can make your ride unpleasant.

When the windows of your vehicle are closed, air enters the cabin through the ventilation system. The ventilation system supplies air to the heater and air conditioner, but before it reaches the heating and AC system, it also has to pass through the cabin air filter.

As the air passes its way to the cabin, particles like dust, smoke, pollen, and larger debris like leaves get trapped into it. Thus the air that ventilates the cabin is kept clean and fresh for you.

Over time, the filter will collect too much dust, debris and/or particles, so the point it can no longer collect any. When this happens, whatever is missed is passed through the filter and ends up in the cabin space with vehicle passengers.

It is important to regularly have your filter inspected and changed when needed to prevent this from happening.

How do you know if cabin air filters need changing?

As mentioned above, cabin air filters no longer serve their purpose if they fill up with harmful containments. Some warning signs will let you know that your cabin air filter may need replacement. These signs include:

  1. An unusual odor from cabin – Dirty filters often lead to the growth of bacteria or mold. If you notice a foul smell inside the car even when the cabin is clean, then it may be time to replace your cabin air filters.
  2. Reduced fuel mileage– If you have frequent trips to the gas station, you may consider replacing cabin air filters. It happens because your car’s engine makes up for the lower amounts of oxygen by using more fuel.
  3. Reduced air circulation -If you find that you are cranking up the AC higher than usual, it is because cabin air filter could be clog up with dirt. As a result, it restricts the amount of air entering into the cabin.
  4. Increased fan noise – When large materials enter the cabin air filters, there is an increase in the fan’s noise, and when you increase the flow of air, you notice high noise coming from the AC blower. In this case, you have to replace your dirty cabin air filters with a new ones.

If you observe any of these signs, it’s likely time to change your cabin air filter as it plays an important role in keeping your commute comfortable. You can visit your nearby TIRECRAFT, where our trusted mechanics helps you get your ride fresh and safe.

What are the benefits of replacing a clogged Cabin air filter?

Replacing a cabin air filter eliminates many problems and can give you several benefits. These include:

  1. Less odor and better comfort – Replacing the cabin air filter keeps the interior clean and removes any odor. You will also notice a difference in the driving comfort. The air becomes easier and more pleasant to breathe.
  2. Improved fuel efficiency – Replacing a dirty cabin air filter increases the efficiency of fuel and improves the acceleration of your car.
  3. Improved engine performance – Replacing cabin air filters improve the performance of the engine. This will also ensure that no imperfections can damage your engine and makes your engine breathe cleanly without any effort.
  4. Pollution reduction – By replacing dirty cabin air filters, you can block a huge amount of dirty exhaust from other vehicles and thus help in pollution reduction.

How often should you change your Cabin air filter?

Each vehicle manufacturer has its recommendation on when to change the cabin air filter that can be found in the owner’s manual.

Generally, it is recommended to replace it between 20,000 km to 30,000 km.

That being said, your driving habits and conditions can play a large role in when your air filter may need to be replaced. For example, if you live in a rural community and travel a lot of dirt or gravel roads, your air filter will get dirtier quicker.

If you think your vehicle may need a cabin air filter replacement, stop by your local TIRECRAFT for quick, affordable and trusted service.

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