At Crown Honda of Southpoint, we are proud of the extensive skills and expertise our service technicians bring to the table, and we want you to benefit from their knowledge, too. That's why we are pleased to feature Chris Thomas, a top-notch service technician and the author of our new auto care column.
Chris has been a member of the
Crown Honda of Southpoint team for the past five years, and he has seven
years of experience in the automotive industry.
month, Chris will use this column to address one of our customers'
frequently asked car care questions. Got a burning question of your own?
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Often Should I Change My Cabin Air
Drivers and their passengers
spend a significant amount of time inside their cars. The automotive
industry has been quick to account for this, equipping more and more
vehicles with air filtration systems as standard. This is undoubtedly a
good thing, but it presents drivers with something else to think about
as part of a general auto maintenance schedule.
filters are used in most cabin air-conditioning systems to filter out
particles and pollutants in the air that is drawn into the vehicle.
According to the make, model, and specification of your car, your air
filter may be designed to trap soot, dirt, and pollen. Even larger
items, such as leaves, dirt, insects, and debris from the road can find
their way into your air supply, and air filters will protect this from
happening. As well as reducing the quality of the air in the cabin,
these pollutants can reduce the performance of your heating, cooling,
and air-conditioning system.
You cannot assume that
your vehicle is equipped with a cabin air filter, and if it is, it may
not be as easy to find as you would imagine. Your owner's manual should
include details of this, but if in doubt, you can also consult the
servicing department at your local dealership.
critical to ensure that the cabin air filter is working at its optimum
performance for as long as possible. The life of your air filter will
depend on a variety of factors. Of course, the more that you use your
air-conditioning system, the quicker your filter may become clogged or
dirty. Driving conditions can also affect this. Hot, dusty, rural
locations, for example, will greatly accelerate the decline of your
filter due to grass pollen, dust, and other particles. As the filter
becomes clogged, the system becomes less efficient, meaning that more
pollutants make their way into the cabin air
Guidelines on the frequency with which your
filter should be replaced vary according to the source of advice. The
owner's manual in your vehicle will provide the manufacturer's
guidelines, along with any other factors to consider. If you don't have
the manual (or if there are no details within it) you should consult the
service department at your dealership. General guidelines indicate that
such filters should be changed every 12,000 to 15,000 miles of driving,
subject to the sort of conditions in which you normally drive. Regular
inspections can give a visual indicator of the condition of the filter
too, although you may need to ask for your dealer's advice to ensure
that you do not damage the filter when inspecting
Cabin air filters can be replaced at a relatively
inexpensive cost, so it is worth ensuring that it is changed at regular
intervals by Crown Honda of Southpoint to maintain the performance of
your air-conditioning system and the quality of air in the car's