The cabin air filter, a very useful feature on most cars especially with spring at its peak. What is does is clean the air that come inside your car through the HVAC. It filters through and catches dust, pollen and other airborne materials that pass through the ventilation system. This is great for people who have severe seasonal allergies to keep you from sneezing while you’re cruising. Also keeps your car smelling better for fresh ventilated air.
This specific filter should be replaced between 12,000 and 15,000 but some stay good for longer than that depending on where and how often you drive. If you are constantly in heavy traffic in a highly populated area with strong air pollution you may need to change it yearly. Also if you live in the desert areas, there is a lot of dust to filter out, keeping it clean is important because you are constantly breathing it in.
An indication you need a new cabin air filter is restricted air flow through your vents, for example if you turn the fan up high and get more noise than air flow, your filter may be clogged, Another sign is constant bad odor. Regardless of the symptoms you should have your air filter checked at least once a year, you may even be able to do it yourself.
Filters are located either behind the glove box, under the dash or under the hood where the fresh air enters the climate control system. Air filters can cost up to $50 or more depending if you go to a dealership or not. To save money it is recommended to buy the replacement filter yourself online or at your local parts store. Once removed you can see all the stuff clogging up that filter such as bug’s pollen and grime etc. you want to keep it clean for fresh breathable air inside your cabin.