Are you wondering if it is time to change your cabin air filter? According to most of the experts in the automotive industry, it is a good idea to change the air filter every 15,000 miles. Be sure to take a look at your owner's manual to see if there are different recommendations from the manufacturer. You may also want to consult the experts at Audi Stratham to see if you are replacing the cabin air filter often enough for the Manchester climate and your driving habits. Our team is happy to share the basics of cabin air filters, and if it is time for a replacement, you can set up an appointment at our service center

What Does a Cabin Air Filter Do?

The main purpose of a cabin air filter is to prevent contaminants like dirt, dust, and pollen from making their way into the cabin of your vehicle. The filter cleans the air that passes through the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. When the filter begins to get clogged with debris, it can start affecting the air quality inside the cabin. You may notice a few signs that it is time to change the air filter. 

Can I Tell When to Change a Cabin Air Filter?

Your driving habits could play a role in how often you will need to change your cabin air filter. If you do a lot of off-roading, drive in a dusty area, or encounter a lot of road construction on your drives through Concord, this task may need to be performed more often than every 15,000 miles. If you aren't sure how often to change cabin air filters, we have listed a few warning signs below:

  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: Tips and Tricks

  1. Before you can begin this task, you will need to take a look at your owner's manual. It will tell you where the air filter is located for your particular make and model. The location will let you know how difficult this maintenance task might be.
  2. If the cabin air filter is behind the glove box or under the hood, you should have no trouble accessing it. However, there are some vehicles that were designed with the air filter under the dashboard. It can be much more of a challenge to reach an air filter in this location. If that is the case, it may be best to leave the replacement to a professional. 
  3. To avoid any mess from the dirty air filter, it is recommended that you wear gloves and a mask when removing the old filter. 
  4. Place the old filter in a garbage bag, and replace it with a genuine OEM part to ensure quality, durability, and fit.

How Much Does Changing a Cabin Air Filter Cost?

The cost of changing an air filter is usually quite affordable. Depending on the vehicle that you have, the cost typically ranges from $30 to $70. If you would like to save more on this routine maintenance service, be sure to look at our parts specials as well as our rotating service specials

Keep Your Vehicle in Pristine Condition with Audi Stratham

When your vehicle is in need of routine maintenance or more significant repairs, you can trust the experts at Audi Stratham. Schedule an appointment at our state-of-the-art service center today. We want to help you get back on the roads of Portsmouth in no time. Contact us today with any questions.