Cabin Air Filters Q&A

My car has a bad odor when I run the heater or air conditioner. My friend said I might need a new cabin air filter – what is that?

18Berning’s Auto Repair Answer:

A cabin air filter is a special filter that cleans the air that comes into the  passenger compartments – or cabin – of your vehicles. Most new vehicles now have a cabin air filter. A cabin air filter catches dust, pollen, spores and other harmful pollutants before they can get into your cabin. It’s kind of like the filter on your furnace in your home, cleaning the air you breathe inside your car or truck.

Like any filter, it eventually gets filled up and can even start to get smelly. So – you just have it replaced. Now some are really easy to access and others are tougher to get to.  No matter where your’s is located, we can take care of it for you.

Your automobile manufacturer’s owner’s manual likely has a recommendation for when to replace the cabin air filter. If you live and drive where there is a lot of dust, pollen or dangerous pollution, the filter will fill up quicker. Of course, if you’re getting a bad odor bring it to the attention of your friendly Berning’s Auto Repair service professional.

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