Routine car maintenance is just part of the car ownership process, but there’s one part of this routine that is often forgotten – your cabin air filter. While it might seem inconsequential, your car’s air filter is actually an important part of your vehicle. But what exactly does it do? And how do you know when to change it? We answer your questions around your car’s cabin filter here.
What Does My Filter Do?
While you might not notice it, your cabin air filter works to keep the air you breathe in your car clean. It is the first stop for the air that comes in through your climate control and ventilation systems, filtering out particulate matter like smoke, dust, pollen, and any other airborne materials that can make your car ride unpleasant.
As it catches these particulates, though, your filter will get more and more dirty and clogged. Because of this, its effectiveness will be reduced, which is why you need to make sure you change it out as part of your car’s routine maintenance.
How Do I Know My Filter Needs to Be Changed?
It isn’t too difficult to tell when your filter needs to be changed. There are a few signs you can keep in mind to know when to change your filter. These include:
• Getting more noise than airflow when your climate control fan is on high
• Bad odors that don’t seem to go away
How Often Should I Change My Filter?
Automakers usually recommend changing your cabin air filter every 12,000 to 15,000 miles. You can find out how often you need to change your filter by looking at your owner’s manual. If you’re not one to look through your manual regularly, though, you can always just go by a simple rule – change your filter at least once a year. If you live in a city that has heavy traffic or a dustier climate like a desert, then you should consider changing it a bit more frequently.
If your car’s air filter is due for a change, or there’s another issue with your vehicle, schedule an appointment with the service experts here at Love Honda.