Changing a cabin air filter is one of those things you can easily do yourself, but most people never learn how, and they either let it go or spend a lot of money having it done by a mechanic. Fall is a great time to change your cabin air filter, so follow these steps and you’ll be amazed at how easy it is!
First, locate the cabin air filter. Usually it’s behind your glove compartment, but your owner’s manual will tell you for sure. Go to a parts store and ask them about the right kind of filter for your car. Then get a couple of screwdrivers and a rag so you can wipe off the compartment where the filter goes. Once you have your parts and tools assembled, it’s time to get started.
Once you know where the air filter is, whether that’s under the hood, under the dashboard, or behind the glove compartment, open up the housing unit and take the old filter out. It may just pop out, or you might have to unscrew it.
Depending on what it looks like, you may want to keep this filter for a while longer. If it’s very gray and slimy, replace it, but if it looks relatively clean and white, you could put it back and save the new one for a few more miles down the road.
If you want to replace it, just wipe down the housing unit with your rag and pop the new air filter into place. Screw it back in if you need to and you’re done!