Cabin air filters are an important part of your car's HVAC system, trapping dust, pollen, and other airborne materials that can make traveling in a car unpleasant. To ensure your car's air conditioning system is running optimally, it's important to know where the cabin air filter is located and how to replace it. In most vehicles, the cabin air filter is located inside the car, but still, the first step you need to take is to open the hood. On some cars, the filter is located in the engine compartment, near the base of the windshield.
In others, it is located under the dashboard or behind the glove compartment. Yours can be under the dashboard, usually on the passenger side. Under-dash filters can often be removed without tools by simply opening a small access door. Under-hood filters may require other parts to be removed.
To access them, you may need to remove the hood vent housing, wiper blades, washing bottle, or other items. See owner's service manual for specific details.Do not wash with water to clean it. Washing with water has a greater risk of damaging the folds and the filter must be air dried without excess heat (such as a hair dryer), which can take a lot of precious time. Since the area under the dashboard is very narrow, it may take a little finesse to put the new air filter back in place.
Be sure to blow air through each slot in the filter so that dust hiding in any corner of the filter is removed. Now that the sides are clear, you can unfold the entire glove box, so you can see the front plate of the cabin air cleaner channel.Replacing a cabin air filter is ideal, but cleaning it occasionally can extend its lifespan. Now you can simply take out the old cabin air filter, taking care not to spread dust, dirt and debris from the filter in your car. Of course, if you drive your vehicle frequently in dusty conditions or in highly polluting areas, you'll probably want to replace the cabin air filter more often.To learn more about how to find and replace your car's cabin air filter, talk to an expert at your local NAPA AUTO PARTS store.
According to a study by the Korean Institute of Industrial Technology, automotive cabin air filters trap 50-90% of particles larger than 0.3 micrometers, such as dust, soot, pollen and insects.Replacing your car's cabin air filter regularly will help keep your car's HVAC system running optimally and ensure that you're breathing clean air while driving.