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What is a Cabin Air Filter?

Most vehicle owners aren't aware of a really important component in their cars known as the cabin air filter. The cabin air filter has an important job when it comes to the air that you breathe while riding in your vehicle. The job of the cabin air filter is to filter out and clean pollutants and contaminants from the air has it enters from outside and into your vehicle's HVAC system. Since your vehicle is a small and confined space, its in the best interest of your health to ensure that you aren't breathing in polluted air.

Just like any other filter in your vehicle, the cabin air filter will need to be replaced periodically as it gets dirty. Typically, the cabin air filter should be replaced every 12,000 to 15,000 miles, but it also depends upon where you drive your vehicle. Dusty or dirty roads can cause the filter to clog up faster, so its best to have our experts check your vehicle's cabin air filter at least once a year. 

If you're unsure of how often your vehicle's cabin air filter needs to be replaced, you can also reference your vehicle's owner's manual for information regarding the proper mileage for your specific make and model of vehicle. If you're experiencing some strange symptoms, such as you notice some weird smells every time you drive or the smell of mold or mildew, we recommend getting your cabin air filter inspected. 

So, where is this cabin air filter located? The cabin air filter is actually positioned behind your vehicle's glove box for most makes and models of vehicles. It can be accessed by removing the glove box completely. However, we do not recommend trying to remove this yourself - just in case you end up breaking a thing or two! 

If you do feel that you might need a cabin air filter replacement in Urbandale, IA, we invite you into our shop here at Premier Automotive Service for professional care. 

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