How Often Do I Change My Cabin Air Filter?

July 27th, 2021 by
Hand removing cabin air filter


The cabin air filter in your car, truck, or SUV should be replaced every 20,000 to 30,000 kilometres. Your owner’s manual will have the specific recommendation for your make and model. However, driving conditions, driving habits, and climate can all affect how often you should change your cabin air filter. In this guide the experts in the MacPhee Ford Service Centre, will help you learn more about how often to replace your cabin air filter, as well as provide answers to common questions such as:

  • What does a cabin air filter do?
  • How do I know when to change a cabin air filter?
  • How much does a cabin air filter cost?

And if your car is due for a cabin air filter replacement, schedule an appointment with us in Dartmouth!

What Does a Cabin Air Filter Do?

The job of your cabin air filter is to clean the air that passes through the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems in order to keep dirt, dust, pollen, and other contaminants from getting inside the cabin. Over time, the cabin air filter will get clogged with dirt and debris from the roads in and around Halifax, which will affect your vehicle’s interior air quality. That’s why it is important to routinely replace the filter.

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

Driving in an area with poor air quality or where construction is going on, or if you often drive on dirt roads, or take your vehicle off-roading outside of Bedford, you may need to change your cabin air filter more frequently. Some signs that indicate it’s time to replace the cabin air filter include:

  • Reduced air flow when climate control systems are on
  • Lingering unpleasant odors
  • Increasing dust settling on vehicle surfaces

How To Change a Cabin Air Filter

Follow these steps to change the cabin air filter on your own:

  1. Check your owner’s manual to find out where the filter is located. Often the cabin air filter is behind the glove box or under the hood, which should be fairly accessible, but in some models, it’s under the dashboard, which is more difficult to reach.
  2. It is recommended that you wear gloves and a mask to protect yourself when removing a dirty air filter.
  3. Properly dispose of the old filter and replace it with a genuine OEM part to ensure quality, durability, and fit.

How Much Does Changing a Cabin Air Filter Cost?

A new cabin air filter usually costs between $30 and $70, depending on what kind of vehicle you drive. If you go to an authorized service centre like the one at MacPhee Ford and your vehicle is still under warranty, your cabin air filter replacement may be covered. You can also order a replacement cabin air filter from us online and we’ll have it ready for you to pick up at your convenience. Make sure to check our rotating parts specials and service coupons to take advantage of some of the best deals in the Sackville area.

For Expert Service and Genuine Auto Parts Choose MacPhee Ford

When your vehicle is due for a cabin air filter replacement, or any other routine maintenance service, you can rely on the professional team at MacPhee Ford. From oil changes and tire rotations, to brake repair and transmission work, we get the job done right. Please don’t hesitate to contact our Service Centre if you have any questions.

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