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How Often Should I Change The Cabin Air Filter in My Car?

Careful drivers who like to maintain a strict vehicle maintenance schedule may be curious about how often they should be changing the cabin air filter. Most car manufacturers recommend that you swap it out around every 15,000 miles. Whether you do it yourself or decide to bring it to Oswald Service Inc., we can get you started on your maintenance needs at your convenience.

What Does the Cabin Air Filter Do

The outside air moves through your car's heating, air conditioning, and ventilation system as you drive. As a result, it's likely to drag in pollen and other pollutants from the outside air. The cabin air filter plays the role of collecting and preventing these small particles from escaping into your vehicle. A dirty filter will reduce airflow with your climate control system and sometimes cause a lingering odor and dusty environment.

How to Change Your Cabin Air Filter

Changing a cabin air filter is inexpensive and straightforward. Here's how:

  • Refer to your car's owner's manual for specific instructions, starting with finding your cabin air filter's location. Sometimes it's under the glove box, while other times it's under the hood. It can even be found under the dashboard in some cars, making it more challenging to replace.
  • Use gloves and a mask while changing your filter to avoid inhaling any of the nasty particles.
  • Dispose of the old filter and replace it with a compatible filter for your car

If you need assistance with changing your filter, you can always count on the expert team at Oswald Service Inc. to do the job!


It's always wise to know how to tell when it's time for your basic routine practices. We invite you to contact Oswald Service Inc if you are looking for quality auto repair and maintenance services. To make an appointment, you can give us a call or visit one of our two convenient locations today!