How Often to Change a Cabin Air Filter

Hand removing cabin air filter


You know when to change your oil and when to change your tires, but when should you change your cabin air filter? On average, your cabin air filter should be replaced every 15,000 miles – but be sure to check your owner’s manual for specifics. Based on your Saugus driving habits and vehicle type, you might need to swap out filters more frequently. However, the cabin air filter cost is minimal, and the results are well worth it! Learn more about what a cabin air filter does and how to install a new filter yourself, or stop by Pride Kia of Lynn for your next maintenance appointment.



What Does a Cabin Air Filter Do?

As you drive throughout Peabody, your cabin air filter works hard to filter the air in your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. From dust to pollen, the filter cleans out contaminants that affect you air quality. But over time, it gets clogged with all the debris accumulated. This means you’ll need to replace your filter to maintain the best air quality possible.

When Should I Get a Replacement Filter?

While most Salem drivers change their filters every 15,000 miles, different drivers have different needs. Some environments are harsher than others when it comes to air contaminants: construction sites, cities with poor air quality, deserts, dirt roads, and off-road trails. You might also want to consider an earlier replacement if you notice the following:

  1. Reduced air flow in your climate control system
  2. Unpleasant odors that linger in the cabin
  3. Dust building up faster than usuall on your dashboard

Can I Change My Filter at Home?

Yes, most drivers can install a new cabin air filter in their own garage. Just pick up a replacement at our parts department, and follow the instructions:

  1. Check your owner’s manual to find the location of your cabin air filter.
  2. If your filter is located behind the glove compartment or under the hood, you can easily replace it. If it is under the dashboard, this is a more difficult task, and you might prefer to schedule a service appointment.
  3. Access the old cabin air filter while protected with gloves and a mask. Remove the filter carefully.
  4. Place the old filter in the trash, and pop in your replacement. We recommend using genuine OEM parts, which you’ll find at our parts department.

What Is the Average Cabin Air Filter Cost?

Usually, your cabin air filter cost will run you between $30 and $70. If your vehicle is still under warranty, it’s a good idea to check your plan. Sometimes, the costs are covered. You can also check our service specials to save on your routine maintenance.

Visit Pride Kia of Lynn for Your Auto Needs

Now that you know what a cabin air filter does and how much it costs, feel free to contact us at Pride Kia of Lynn if you still have questions. You’ll find us in Lynn with a cutting-edge service center and fully-stocked parts department, so stop by at your convenience!


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