Pop quiz: What is a cabin air filter?
A. A filter for your Abilene house?
B. A fresh, piney scent?
C. A filter for the passenger compartment of your car?
Clever you, it’s C.
A cabin air filter cleans the outside air before it comes into the passenger compartment of your truck. It filters out common Abilene air particles like dust, pollen, spores, bacteria, pollutants, exhaust gas, odors and even sparrows.
These high tech filters can block particles larger than 3 microns. By contrast, a grain of sand is about 200 microns.
Not all Sweetwater motorists have cabin air filters. They are fairly new on the scene. Last check, about forty percent of new vehicles sold in Abilene come with cabin air filters, but the number is growing every year.
Cabin air filters make driving a lot more pleasant. Your truck can be a haven during our Abilene allergy season with very little dust and pollen getting into the cabin. Of course, like all filters, the cabin air filter eventually gets clogged. When this happens, your heating and air conditioning flow can become restricted. The filter can even get kind of smelly.
Check your owner’s manual for replacement guidelines. If your truck owner’s manual doesn’t mention your cabin air filter, ask your understanding tech at Procter Automotive for a recommendation. It’s usually every year or 12,000 miles / 19,000 kilometers. Change it sooner if you drive in dusty conditions around the Sweetwater area, or if you start to notice a funky smell coming from your vents.
So keep your cabin air filter clean. It may not help with your brother-in-law in the backseat, but it will make your driving experience around Abilene more enjoyable.
Come by Procter Automotive in Abilene and we’ll take a look at your cabin air filter for you.