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