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Replacing your cabin air filter is important for several reasons, cleaning the air that comes in through the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, catching dust, pollen and other airborne material, helping improve airflow if cabin filter is clogged[1], and reducing unpleasant odors if your cabin filter is old. The time between cabin filter replacement varies based on manufacturer, how much driving you do, and where you live. Most manufacturers recommend replacing the cabin filter every 12,000 – 15,000 miles[2]. If you live in the city, and sit in stop-and-go traffic, you can collect airborne material from smog and construction, reducing the amount of time between cabin filter replacements[3]. If you live in an area where there is a lot of sand, dirt, or dust, this can mean the cabin filter needs to be replaced more frequently as well[4].


Most cabin filters are behind the glovebox. Releasing the glove box from its hinges and opening the cabin filter lid makes replacing the cabin air filter a breeze! Not all cabin filters are behind the glove box, however. Some are under the dashboard or even in the firewall of the engine bay[5]. If you have respiratory issues or allergies, it’s worth having your car looked at by a certified technician at Performance Automall. If you smell bad odors when you run your heat or air conditioning, or your vents aren’t blowing air or heat as hard as it used to, these could be clear signs that the cabin filter needs to be replaced.


At Performance Automall, we are dedicated to making sure you are offered the services you need. If it is time for a cabin filter to be replaced, we are happy to let you know the time, cost, and reason as to why the filter needs to be replaced. Upon request, we will even show you the old cabin filter if you need help making the decision.

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