We've all heard it! A car is one of the biggest purchases we will make in our lifetime, right next to a house purchase. If you take care of it, you can guarantee it will last past beyond its depreciation life. With that being said stay tuned! Here, at OriginalWheel.com we will show you how to take care of your vehicle.
How do I know when to replace my filter?
Did you know most individuals did not know their car has an air cabin filter? A cabin air filter is connected to your ac/heating system to prevent dust, pollen, dangerous gases and other allergens from entering the cabin.
Have you noticed your air vents giving off musty or foul odors lately? Or do you experience less air flow from your air vents? If so, then it might be time to check and replace your cabin air filter. You can easily prevent a clogged filter by replacing it every 12,000 miles or once a year, whichever comes first. All you need to replace a filter is a few minutes of your time and a new cabin air filter.
Importance of a Cabin Filter:
If you're experiencing any of the above circumstances such as less air flow or foul odors, chances are your air filter is dirty and could possibly be clogged. If your cabin air filter is dirty, there's no harm being done to your vehicle, just an unpleasant ride. However, your health could be at risk here.
Another reason why we should take the cabin filter into account is to improve the air quality of your vehicle. It's said that the air quality in our vehicle can be twice as bad as the air quality outside. With a dirty cabin filter, pollutants may go through the air vent and consequently expose you to hazardous toxins. Harmful pollutants will enter and stay in the filter unless you take measures and change it.
Something else you may run into is the possible risk of creating mold in the filter and getting continuous exposure. Exposing yourself to mold can create irreversible effects to the human body. So let's prevent such catastrophe of exposing oneself to dangerous pollutants and change out the air filter.
The mechanical issues arise once a dirty cabin filter becomes clogged. If the filter gets clogged you are interfering with the air flow of the ac and heater systems. If you interfere with the HVAC system long enough it can be impaired by corrosion.
If you decide to change your cabin air filter yourself you not only benefit from great air quality in your vehicle, you also save time and money. If you were to take your car for a cabin filter replacement you are looking into spending approximately $50 to $60, in comparison to the $10-$15 by doing it yourself.
Instructions on Cabin Air Filter Replacement:
The following are instructions on how to change the cabin air filter in a 2013 Toyota Prius.
First: Locate your cabin air filter. Most compartments are hidden behind the glove compartment or on the passenger side on the side panel.
Second: Once you have located the compartment you will then remove the glove compartment. All you have to do is unlatch the hinge on the side. Then push the backside of the glove compartment in from both sides until it comes out of socket. Lastly, bring the compartment down until it is off.
Third: Take out the old cabin air filter and replace it with a brand new filter.
Fourth: Replace glove compartment. To do this start by placing the glove compartment back on the hinge, push the compartment in and then rehook the small level on the side. Close the glove compartment and you're done!