Posts Tagged ‘Replacement’

Car Care 101: Should I Replace My Cabin Air Filter?

Monday, September 11th, 2017
cabin air filter

You know the importance of routine oil changes for your vehicle, but there are other things you’ll need to replace every so often. One of them is known as the Cabin Air Filter, and it does your vehicle a major solid.

If you ever take your vehicle for an oil change, you may have heard this term before. This type of filter will sometimes pop up on the recommended replacement list, but the majority of us brush it off as a non-priority. Trust us, this is a necessary and helpful replacement that you, and your vehicle will benefit from. There are a few things you should know about cabin air filters before you take the plunge. Read on for more information about what they are, what they do, and whether or not it’s a good idea to get yours replaced.

What is a Cabin Air Filter?

The cabin air filter, which is found in late-model vehicles, cleans the air that is being cycled in the interior. It does this through the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system. The job of the filter is to catch any kind pollen, dirt/dust, or material in the air. Without the filter, all types of debris that cycles through your vehicle could do it a great deal of damage. The effect is similar to the way dirt and dust can harm a human’s respiratory system. That’s kind of scary!

You should always consult your owner’s manual for recommendations for your particular vehicle. But maybe you’ve lost it and don’t recall what it said. Lucky for you, we’ve got a few tips and tricks to help you determine whether a replacement is necessary.

What are some warning signs?

If your cabin air filter needs replacing, you may be currently experiencing reduced air flow through your climate control system. If you crank the fan up high and hear a whole bunch of noise but get little-to-no results, then it’s best to get your car checked out.

Another thing to look out for is an insistent smell that stinks up your car. This can definitely be a sign of a weakened or broken cabin air filter, and it’s one that should motivate you to get to the mechanics quickly!

In any case, you should have your car checked out at least once a year to determine if a replacement is necessary. Our awesome service department gives your vehicle a thorough inspection! We want to make sure you are out on the road without a worry. Feel free to contact us or set up an appointment online at your nearby Payne Auto dealership. Our skilled mechanics will get your car ready to go in no time. Or if you’re looking for a new or used car, you can also browse our wide selection of inventory!

Car Care 101: Why are Air Filters Important?

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

We’ve covered just about everything within our tire category. Now, we’ll go on to the types of maintenance your vehicle requires. Today, we’re going to help you understand why air filters are so important for your vehicle!

Why do we need air filters?

As you may know, any engine is kind of like a big vacuum. It needs to suck in a bunch of air to help with internal combustion that gets your car going. If your vehicle is only taking in tainted air (i.e. carrying dust, or other kinds of debris) then the internal parts of your car will get dinged and scratched up. Your vehicle will perform poorly when this happens, and its lifespan will shorten. Fuels like gasoline and diesel won’t be able to burn, therefore eliminating the explosive force that allows your car to run. That’s why having clean and fresh air filters is so important.

What do they do?

Air filters are specially-made from a tight weave, allowing air to pass freely into your vehicle’s engine. All the while, the air filter is catching all the crud and debris that comes with it.  Filters should be replaced almost as often as you take your car in for an oil change. However, if you begin to notice a drop in your gas mileage, spark plug problems, difficulty with acceleration, or visible dirt on your air filter and/or the “Service Engine” light coming on, it may be time for a replacement. If you notice any of the aforementioned, visit your nearest mechanic or dealership to get the filter replaced.