How Often Do I Change My Cabin Air Filter?

Hand removing cabin air filter

If you want to ensure the best possible air quality inside of your vehicle, industry experts recommend that you replace thecabin air filter every 15,000 miles. If you are not sure how often to replace your cabin air filter, the service experts at BMW of Bloomington would be glad to assist you; we can even take care of it the next time you bring your vehicle in. Simply schedule an appointment today. 

What Does a Cabin Air Filter Do?

While you drive, dirt, pollen, dust, and other contaminants can get inside of your vehicle. A cabin air filter cleans the air that passes through the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. As you drive throughout the Normal and Decatur areas, the cabin air filter will become clogged over time. This can have a negative impact on the interior air quality of your vehicle. 

When Do I Change a Cabin Air Filter?

Wondering how often to change a cabin air filter? It can depend on the driving conditions in your area. If you do a majority of your driving in a city with poor air quality or lots of construction, or you encounter a lot of dirt roads, a cabin filter replacement may be required more often. This is also true if you do a lot of off-roading. There are a few signs to look for that it’s time to change your cabin air filter:

  1. Reduced airflow when climate control systems are on
  2. Lingering unpleasant odors
  3. Increasing dust settling on vehicle surfaces

How To Change a Cabin Air Filter in Four Easy Steps

  1. Find the location of your cabin air filter. If you do not know this information, you can find it in your owner’s manual. This will determine how difficult or easy it is to replace the cabin air filter.
  2. In most cases, you will find the cabin air filter is behind the glove box or under the hood. If this is where your vehicle’s air filter is located, it should be easy to access. If it is located under the dashboard, accessing it may be a little more challenging.
  3. Because removing the old air filter could be a little messy, it is best to wear gloves and a mask. 
  4. Place the old filter in a garbage bag, and replace it with a genuine OEM part to ensure quality, durability, and fit. There are several advantages to using OEM parts

Cabin Air Filter Cost

The cabin air filter cost can range from $30 and $70. If you go to an authorized service center and your vehicle is still under warranty, some costs may be covered. It is easy to order the part you need online. In fact, we also run rotating service specials, so your cabin air filter cost may be even more affordable. 

Trust the Experts at BMW of Bloomington

If you have additional questions on how to change a cabin air filter or with any other vehicle maintenance task, do not hesitate to contact the service department at BMW of Bloomington. We would be delighted to assist you.

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