How to Inspect and Replace Your Car’s Cabin Filter | Allstate Insurance


Hey everybody, it’s Charles from HumbleMechanic.com
and today we’re talking inspecting and replacing your cabin air filter. Most modern vehicles have a filter that will
filter the air coming into the cabin of the vehicle. So when you turn the air conditioning on or
roll the heat on, it’ll filter that air before it comes into the vehicle. And this is great because there’s a ton of
different grime and gunk and pollen that is in the air all the time. And without that filter, all of that stuff
will be sucked right in and pumped into the cabin of your car. So, having a clean pollen filter isn’t vital
to the vehicles performance, but boy, does it make the driving experience much more pleasant. Typically, replacing a cabin filter on most
cars is going to be pretty easy – 10, 15-minute job – and may require minimal to no tools. Before you remove the pollen filter you want
to inspect and make sure that there’s not any debris on top of it. We want to get rid of any leaves, any of these
little helicopter seeds, or things that can fall off and go down into the HVAC system. It’s pretty easy to clean them off the top
of the filter like this. It’s a lot more challenging to try and fish
a vacuum cleaner down into the box to remove any leaves or other debris. As you can see here, this is the old filter
that I actually pulled out of my car. Not only does it have a lot of big pieces
of debris, it has a lot of fine particles as well – a lot of dirt; a lot of pollen;
and if it weren’t for this filter capturing it, all that stuff would be inside my car. Now if you’re someone like me that has pretty
bad allergies this is very, very important to make sure you’re replacing this as frequent
as needed. The frequency in which a pollen filter needs
to be replaced does vary depending on location and driving habits. Here in the south and get a lot of pollen
in the spring – it actually builds up layers on everything. So, here we may want to replace it more often. So, if you drive in an area that has those
type of environmental conditions, you may want to look at replacing it more often than
your manufacturer would recommend. Before we install the filter we want to make
sure that there’s no other dirt or debris in the area of the filter housing. On a setup like this, that’s really important
because we don’t want anything falling into the HVAC box. Now if your filter’s in a different location
like this, where it’s up behind the glove box, you might want to lay something down
on the floor so that if there is any debris that falls out, you can capture it and not
make a big mess on the carpet. If you’re simply pulling the filter out to
inspect it, you want to open the ribs up a little bit and look inside and see how much
debris is in there. The filter on the left is an old filter that
you can clearly see full of debris. The one on the right is a brand new filter. When installing the filter you want to ensure
that it’s fully seated inside of the housing. Any gaps can actually allow dirt and debris
to go around the filter. And it’s not a bad idea to give the housing
a quick wipe down just to make sure it’s clean. And hey, when you install a pollen filter,
this is also a really good time to clean the rest of your car and give it that overall
nice fresh smell. Alright guys I hope that helps you understand
a little bit more about pollen filters. They are generally one of the very easiest
things to replace on most vehicles and while they may not be a vital component of your
car, it really does improve the experience of being a driver or a passenger in a vehicle. Alright guys, I’m going to wrap it up there. Questions, comments – you know what to do. Hey, if you like this video, throw it a thumbs
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and I’ll see you next time.

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