Cabin air filter installation is a job you can tackle. Your cabin air filter is a car part which helps your car to regulate clean air. If your cabin air filter becomes clogged, you may have difficulty getting fresh air into your car or working your defroster. If your cabin air filter gets wet, you might notice a mildew smell in your car. Luckily, replacing your cabin air filter isn't too hard and is definitely something you can do by yourself. Here are some cabin air filter installation tips to make the job easier.
Just because your car seems to have a steady, clean air flow and it doesn't smell doesn't mean you're not ready for a new cabin air filter. Cabin air filters should be replaced every 12,000 to 18,000 miles.
The hardest part of installing a new cabin air filter is finding the old one. Your best bet in locating the cabin air filter is to use your owner's manual. If that doesn't work, just poke around. With the hood up, check the air intake. Inside the car, you might find it under the glove box (your glove box may have an access door or you might have to remove it).
Once you've located the cabin air filter, remove the cover over it. You might also find a rain and snow deflector, which you should remove as well. Then take out the old air filter and clean the area behind it. Do this with either a clean, dry cloth or a vacuum cleaner. Never use anything wet in that area, as it may form mold and cause that mildew stench mentioned earlier.
Now you can put in the new cabin air filter. Your new filter should have instructions on it, but just in case, take a look at the old cabin filter and its placement before removing it. Now you can replace the rain and snow deflector and then the cover.
You're all set. Make a note of your current mileage so you'll know when to change the cabin air filter again. Also, pay attention to the season: If you wait until pollen stops falling, you'll extend the life of your new cabin air filter.