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One of the most important components of your vehicle that may often go unnoticed is your cabin air filters. Clean cabin air filters help Oak Park and Cicero drivers maintain quality air in their Honda sedan, crossover, truck, van, or SUV and should be replaced every 15,000 miles. As this can vary on your vehicle, you'll always want to refer to your owner's manual for accurate service intervals. Learn more about how often to change cabin air filters, replacements costs, and much more from the automotive experts at Honda City Chicago.

What Does a Cabin Air Filter Do?

You may be wondering: "what does a cabin air filter do?" This essential vehicle component cleans the air that is circulated throughout your car's heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. As your vehicle makes its way through different areas, it can collect plenty of dirt, dust, pollen, and other contaminants in the air and prevents them from getting inside along the way. Similar to how vacuum bags fill up over time and must be unclogged, the same is needed for your cabin air filters to ensure clean air is entering your vehicle. 

How Do I Know When to Change a Cabin Air Filter?

When it comes to how often to change a cabin air filter, this can vary depending on the driver and the vehicle itself. If you often drive in the city or metropolitan areas with heavy construction and traffic this can cause more frequent buildup in your air filters. The same can be said for rural drivers who ride on dirt roads or use their cars for off-roading. In cases like this, you'll want to change your cabin air filter earlier than expected. Here are some signs it's time to change your cabin air filter: 

  1. Reduced air flow when climate control systems are on
  2. Lingering unpleasant odors
  3. Increasing dust settling on vehicle surfaces

Tips On How to Change a Cabin Air Filter

Changing a cabin air filter can be done easily at home. Simply follow these steps: 

  1. First, use your owner's manual to determine where the filter is located. This will determine how difficult or easy it is to replace the cabin air filter.
  2. Often the cabin air filter is behind the glove box or under the hood, which should be fairly accessible, but in some models, it's under the dashboard, which is more difficult to reach.
  3. Protect yourself by wearing gloves and a mask in case removing the dirty air filter gets messy. 
  4. Place the old filter in a garbage bag, and replace it with a genuine OEM part to ensure quality, durability, and fit, and to maintain the Acura warranty.

How Much Does Changing a Cabin Air Filter Cost?

The cabin air filter cost for replacement will not set you back too much as a new one will cost you anywhere between $30 and $70. For this cost, your cabin air filter will last you around 15,000 to 25,000 miles, or about one year. Some drivers may even have their cabin air filter replacement costs covered under one of their warranties. Another way you can save is by keeping track of any local parts or service coupons to offset some of the costs.

Discover More Helpful Auto Service at Honda City Chicago

As you can see, knowing how often to change cabin air filters is an essential maintenance task to ensure an optimal driving performance and experience. Our experts Honda service technicians are always available to answer your questions and take another look as well as offer additional advice such as how to repair car dents and scratches or how to set up Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Contact us today for more information and to schedule a test drive at our dealership near Chicago!

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