How Often to Change Cabin Air Filters

Hand removing cabin air filter


Your car’s cabin air filter keeps the air inside your vehicle clean and free of debris and contaminants. Therefore, it’s important to regularly replace your cabin air filter to keep your car in top condition. Auto industry experts tend to recommend that you replace your cabin air filter every 15,000 miles, although your owner’s manual will give you a more specific interval. If your owner’s manual doesn’t provide you with the answers you’re looking for about your cabin air filter, Hudson Nissan’s service center can give recommendations based on your driving conditions and the Newark-area climate. You can bring your car to our dealership or schedule an appointment online.

What Does a Cabin Air Filter Do?

As part of driving around Bayonne, your car will naturally pick up debris in the air such as dust, dirt, and pollen. Your cabin air filter is designed to keep these contaminants from getting inside the interior cabin. As with anything, your cabin air filter will wear out over time and get clogged, which can negatively affect your car’s air quality. This means that it’s time to replace the air filter. 

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

Although all cars pick up debris from time to time, there are some conditions like pollution, dirt roads, or heavy construction that can speed up the clogging of your cabin air filter. If you live in an area with these kinds of conditions, you may need to change your filter more frequently than usual. Here are some telltale signs that it’s time to change your car’s cabin air filter:

  • Unpleasant smells in your car’s cabin
  • Dust settling on your car’s surfaces
  • Reduced air flow when climate control is on

When should you change the cabin air filter? Cabin air filters should be changed about every 30,000 miles. But, it’s always best to consult your owner’s manual for your recommended vehicle maintenance needs to have your air filter changed.

How to Change a Cabin Air Filter

  1. Locate your car’s cabin air filter using your owner’s manual. The manual should also tell you how easy or difficult it will be to replace the filter.
  2. The cabin air filter is usually in one of a few places: behind the glove box, under the hood, or under the dashboard. The dashboard is usually a bit harder to reach than the glove box or under the hood.
  3. Use a mask and gloves to protect yourself from air particulates or in case removing the filter gets messy.
  4. Throw away the old filter in a garbage bag, and make sure to replace it with a genuine OEM part.

How Much Does Changing a Cabin Air Filter Cost?

The price of replacing a cabin air filter varies depending on various factors. However, the filter replacement usually costs between $30 and $70. The cost may even be covered if your car is still under warranty! 

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If you need any type of service on your vehicle – be it an air filter replacement, oil change, or just a routine maintenance check – Hudson Nissan is here to help. Contact our office with any questions, or check out our parts specials to save on your next service appointment!

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