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Costa Mesa Auto Service Center - Servicing Costa Mesa, and all of Orange County since 1999

Breathe Free In COSTA MESA: Cabin Air Filter Replacement At Costa Mesa Auto Service Center

There are a lot of new features, both optional and standard, on COSTA MESA car owners’ vehicles these days. One you may not have heard of is called a cabin air filter. Simply put, its job is to keep the air in the passenger compartment of your car nice and clean.

A cabin air filter is similar to the filter you use on your furnace at home in COSTA MESA. Cabin air filters can catch particles down to three microns. By comparison, a grain of sand is 200 microns. So cabin air filters are effective against dust, dirt, pollen, mold spores and most pollutants in our Irvine atmosphere. Good news if you suffer from any types of allergies, or if you live in an area in COSTA MESA prone to air pollution.

Cabin air filters are generally located in the engine compartment or under the dashboard. They can be tricky to access and replace, so you’ll probably want to go to your considerate Costa Mesa Auto Service Center service advisor to get it done. Check your sedan owner’s manual to find out if your sedan is equipped with a cabin air filter and how often it should be changed. Recommendations vary, but generally a cabin air filter should be changed every twelve to fifteen thousand miles.

Of course, if you are an allergy sufferer in Huntington Beach, you may want to replace it more often. Also, if you do a lot of driving in polluted or dusty areas in CA, you’ll also want to shorten the cabin air filter replacement period. Dirty air filters just don’t work well, and they can exude an unpleasant odor if ignored for too long.

Most COSTA MESA folks know that good car care includes keeping your sedan clean, including the air inside the passenger compartment, so changing your cabin air filter should be part of your routine preventive maintenance. It’s good auto advice as well as good medical advice that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. You really shouldn’t wait until the interior of your car starts to smell and your eyes start to water before you change your filter. And trying to cover it up with a dangling green pine tree is not the right answer, either!

Cabin air filters can be a welcome relief to COSTA MESA allergy sufferers, but they’re also a great idea for anyone in Irvine who just wants to breathe better.

COSTA MESA Drivers: Get Fresh Air Inside Your Car

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Let’s talk about air quality in COSTA MESA. It’s a global issue, but affects us wherever we are. Many decades ago, COSTA MESA car owners began to become aware of how air pollution negatively affects health. But what about the air inside your vehicle?

Cabin air filters are now coming on most new sedans in COSTA MESA. These filters clean the air in the passenger compartment. They can filter particles down to three microns, so that’s good enough to clean out dust, pollen and most pollutants. If you suffer from allergies in COSTA MESA, this is very good news. Your car can be a haven during your COSTA MESA commute.

COSTA MESA Drivers: Get Fresh Air Inside Your CarNow, it’s only been in the last few years that cabin air filters have become common in COSTA MESA. You can look in your owner’s manual to see if you have one. If you do, there’ll be a recommendation for replacing it when it gets dirty. If you live in an area of COSTA MESA where there’s a lot of dust, pollen or pollution, you may need to change it more often.

You can also ask your considerate Costa Mesa Auto Service Center service advisor in COSTA MESA. How hard is it to change an air filter on a car? It depends on your vehicle. Some are quite accessible; others take some doing to get to them. They’re usually in the engine compartment or under the dashboard.

Because cabin air filters are so new on the scene, some COSTA MESA people haven’t heard of them – even motorists who have cabin air filters in their sedan. Costa Mesa Auto Service Center service advisors have discovered that many COSTA MESA customers who complained about an unpleasant odor in their sedan simply had a dirty cabin air filter.

Cabin Air Filter From Costa Mesa Auto Service Center

What is a cabin air filter?

Is it:

  1. A filter for a house in the middle of the woods?
  2. A fresh, piney scent?
  3. A filter for the passenger compartment of your car?

Clever you, it’s 3.

A cabin air filter cleans the outside air before it comes into the passenger compartment. It filters out dust, pollen, spores, bacteria, pollutants, sparrows, exhaust gas and odors.

These high tech filters can block particles larger than 3 microns. By contrast, a grain of sand is about 200 microns.

Now not all vehicles in the Irvine area have cabin filters. They are fairly new on the scene in CA. About forty percent of new vehicles come with cabin air filters, but the number is growing every year.

Cabin air filters can make for a very nice driving environment for COSTA MESA motorists. Your car can be a haven during CA allergy season with very little dust and pollen getting into the cabin. However, like all filters, your cabin air filter eventually gets clogged. When this happens, your heating and air conditioning flow can become restricted. The filter can even get kind of smelly.

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Check your owner’s manual for recommended replacement intervals. Often, the owner’s manual forgets about the cabin air filter, so ask your service technician for a recommendation. It’s usually every year or 12,000 miles/ 19,000 kilometers. Change it sooner if you drive in dusty conditions or if you start to notice an odor from your ventilation system.

So keep your cabin air filter clean. It may not help with your brother-in-law in the backseat, but it will make your driving experience more enjoyable.