It’s nice to save money when you can, this is especially the case when it comes to your vehicle. Unfortunately, one of the most common ways that drivers try to cut corners is by not replacing the air filter as often as it should be. So how often should it be changed? Most manufacturers recommend changing the air filter every 15,000-25,000 miles or once a year. When in doubt, check your vehicle’s manual.
Does the cabin air filter affect the AC?
One of the most common indications of a bad air filter is a moldy or musty smell when the heat or air conditioning is on. This is because the primary purpose of an air filter is to prevent dust, mold and other pollutants from entering the cabin. A dirty filter can not only reduce produce a poor smell in the cabin, but it can also reduce the power output from the engine. This is because the AC blower motor can’t work as effectively because it’s clogged. In addition, you may also notice an increase in window fogging and reduced airflow from the AC vents. These are all signs that your filter needs to be replaced ASAP.
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Can I replace a cabin air filter myself?
You can! It’s relatively simple depending on the vehicle. Most air filters are behind the glovebox, which usually means you have to remove it in order to get to the filter. This can be time-consuming and there are often many delicate clips to remove. Luxury vehicles can be even more challenging to change on your own and some air filters can only be purchased from an OEM certified dealership. At the end of the day, the benefit of changing the air filter on your own depends on the make and model vehicle you have.
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