Auto Repair Tempe: Your Cabin Air Filter…No, The Other One
Let’s talk cabin air filters. There seems to be some confusion about them, and I’m going to clear that up right here today. I think much of the confusion comes because prior to the 2000 model year, very few vehicles had cabin air filters. I believe people tend to confuse their cabin air filter with the engine air filter, and I can certainly see how that can happen. Every vehicle has an engine air filter that cleans the air going into the engine, but not all have a cabin air filter that cleans the air going into the passenger compartment. It’s easy to get them mixed up.
The cabin air filter cleans out dust, pollen, spores and other pollutants. To give a point of comparison, a grain of sand is about 200 microns across. A cabin air filter can stop particles that are just three microns in size. It really makes the passenger cabin a much more pleasant environment. I’ve read that the air in your vehicle can be up to six times more polluted than the outside air, so your cabin air filter really has its work cut out for it. What do you do when the filter gets dirty? You just need to replace it. Your owner’s manual may have a recommended interval for changing it. If not, we can inspect it. It’s ironic that many people don’t even realize they have a cabin air filter until it starts to get a little smelly. (Yuck!) So, is it hard to replace? It depends. Some cabin air filters are very easy to get to. Others…not so much. We have to get behind the dashboard and it takes a little time. A clean cabin air filter keeps out smog, allergens and other harmful pollutants, and it protects your entire heating and air conditioning system from dust and grime. So if it’s time, get it changed right away. We’re happy to take care of that whenever you need it.
Scorching sun, dust and wind can get the best of your car’s paint job, but it doesn’t have to. Many people don’t know how to keep the paint on their cars looking good; so we’re here to give you tips for maintaining your car’s exterior finish under the extreme elements found here in Arizona. When your vehicle is exposed to the harsh rays of the desert sun on a regular basis, harmful effects like premature fading become a serious threat to the appearance of your car’s exterior finish.
Some states have already made driving while using a cell phone illegal, and it’s highly discouraged in every part of the U.S. But there are many more distractions in the car than just talking on the phone or texting. Fortunately, voice control software has reached the point where many different devices in the car can be controlled by voice commands. However, not everyone can afford these extras, and they’re still fairly expensive. Here are some of the most common things people use their hands for instead of driving and their safer alternatives.