The quality of the air around us always affects us. People these days are more aware of air pollution and how it affects them, but have you ever taken the time to consider the air inside your car?
Many cars made since 2000 come with cabin air filters. These filters keep the air in the passenger compartment clean and regulated. They are able to clean dust, pollen and even pollutants out of the air in your car. This is particularly helpful for people who have seasonal allergies. You don’t want to be sneezing when you’re trying to drive!
If you’re not sure whether or not your car comes with a cabin air filter then just take a look at the owner’s manual. If there is one then the manual will also contain information about how to replace it when it gets dirty. If you live in an area with a lot of dust, pollen and pollution then we recommend getting your cabin air filter changed on a more frequent basis. If you aren’t sure then just bring it in to us and ask one our friendly NAPA AutoCare Service Advisors!
The make of your vehicle is the deciding factor when it comes to the difficulty of changing a cabin air filter. Some cabin air filters are easy to get to and change while others can take a little bit of effort to reach. Typically these air filters are in the engine compartment or under the dashboard.
Because cabin air filters are a relatively new innovation there are people who still don’t know they exist. They might not even realise that their car has one! If your car has an unpleasant smell and you can’t work out the problem it could be that you have a dirty air filter you didn’t even know about.
There is another problem for people who own hybrid cars. These cars are fitted with a special air filter that keeps the hybrid battery packs cool while it cleans the air. You should have this air filter inspected when you have the cabin air filter inspected so that your battery pack doesn’t become overheated.