How Often Should I Change My Cabin Air Filter?

Hand removing cabin air filter

Manufacturers and auto industry experts agree: cabin air filters should be replaced at least every 15,000 miles. That said, you should always check your model-specific recommendations in your owner’s manual and talk to your local service center. Variables such as the local Lawrenceville climate, driving conditions, and your driving habits may alter the recommended time between replacements. Read on to learn more about what cabin air filters do, what they cost, and tips on how to change them.


What Does a Cabin Air Filter Do?

Any air that goes through the ventilation systems in your car, including heating and air conditioning systems, will pass through the cabin air filter. Its purpose is to keep pollen, dirt, dust, and other airborne particles from entering the cabin and maintain the integrity of your cabin’s air quality. Over time it will become clogged and will need to be replaced to keep the air flowing.

When to Change Your Cabin Air Filter

If you find yourself driving past a lot of construction in Suwanee, live in an area with poor air quality, or enjoy taking your vehicle off-roading, the filter may need to be changed before the 15,000-mile recommendation. Some signs that may indicate your air filter needs replacing are:

  1. Reduced airflow from heating or cooling systems
  2. Increased dust on vehicle surfaces
  3. Unpleasant odors lingering longer than normal

Average Cabin Air Filter Cost

Most cabin air filter replacements cost between $30 and $70 but may fluctuate depending on your vehicle. If your vehicle is still under warranty, some of your costs may be covered! We at Rick Hendrick Chevrolet Duluth offer various service specials that may apply and, if you’d prefer to change the filter yourself, have all the parts you need to get the job done.

Tips on Changing a Cabin Air Filter Yourself

  1. Using your owner’s manual, identify where the cabin air filter is located.
  2. Where the air filter is will determine the difficulty in replacing it. While it’s often located under the hood or behind the glove box, both accessible locations, there are some vehicles where the filter is under the dashboard. This will be a more difficult place to reach.
  3. Clogged or old filters will be full of the dirt and debris it has caught since being installed. Wear a mask and gloves to keep from getting messy!
  4. Discard the old air filter in a garbage bag and replace it with the OEM part your owner’s manual recommends to ensure durability, fit, and quality.

Rely on Rick Hendrick Chevrolet Duluth for All Your Service Needs!

Whether you’re changing your cabin air filter or have a warning light on your dashboard, Rick Hendrick Chevrolet Duluth in Duluth is here to help! Only a short drive from Johns Creek, our qualified service team is on standby for all your maintenance and repair needs. Stop by or make an appointment today!

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