When Is the Last Time You Changed Your Vehicle’s Cabin Filter?02.23.2012
If you don’t remember the last time that you replaced your car’s cabin filter, it’s possible that your lungs could be suffering. Fortunately, cabin filters are not expensive to replace. When you have your cabin filter regularly replaced by an auto mechanic, you’ll ensure that your car’s air conditioning and heating systems continue to function properly.
What Does a Cabin Filter Do?
Just as the name suggests, the purpose of a cabin filter is to filter the outside air before it enters the cabin. If you’ve ever turned on your car’s air conditioner or heater and noticed that the airflow is weak or nonexistent, it probably means that a dirty cabin filter is impeding air flow. Cabin filters ensure that the air you breathe inside of your car is clean and that your car will be able to effectively defrost the windshield.
Why Change the Cabin Filter?
A dirty cabin filter can be dangerous for several reasons. When windshields fog up during winter, your car won’t be able to defrost the windows. In addition, the air circulating inside of your car will probably have a variety of road dust, mold, bacteria, pollens, and other gases and odors that can be harmful.
How Often Should I Replace My Cabin Filter?
This depends on where you do your driving. If you live in the Chicago area, you should replace your cabin filter approximately once per year, or every 12,000 miles. Some cabin filters hold up better than others, though, so it’s always a good idea to check with your auto mechanic.
At Bucaro Brothers Auto Care, we offer top-quality car maintenance in the Chicago area. Give us a call at (773) 570-4541 to schedule a service appointment with us.