Don’t overlook your cabin filters! The cabin air filter is a feature found in many older vehicles and it cleans the air that comes into car from your heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems. Before winter time is a great time to check your filter because they remove a ton of allergens entering your car from all the spring, summer and fall seasons. Depending on your car, you can check the owners manual to see an estimated time that they should be replaced. On average, it may be between every 12,000 miles and 15,000 miles.
Signs that it may be time for a replacement include reduced air flow and poor odors. Many cabin filters are located behind the glove box. Your owner’s manual should have instructions to help you easily access it. A neglected cabin filter can result in conditions like heater resistor/motor overheat or worse…. fire!