Cabin Air Filters

Cabin air filters come in most factory vehicles these days. They clean the outside air from dust, pollen and other air borne debris before it enters the evaporator and heater cores. Many contain charcoal filters that freshen incoming air and eliminate musty odors that form in humid conditions.

Removing an A/C cabin air filter.

They’re secured in a tray found behind the glovebox or under the cowl by the firewall. Depending on the manufacturer they’re replaced every 10,000 to 15,000 miles or once a year. Be careful when removing the tray because the filter’s usually cluttered with leaves and filth that can spill onto the vehicle’s interior.

A clogged A/C cabin air filter.

Theses filters can get dirty fast, depending on the driving conditions. Driving on dusty and gravel roads will wear the filter sooner. The filter above is from a car that’s parked under a tree. A clogged filter restricts air flow and allows dirt into the system. They can be expensive and are sometimes overlooked or left unchecked. If there’s little air flow with the fan set on high, suspect a clogged cabin air filter.