Cabin Air Filter Replacement Service near Indianapolis, IN

Not to be confused with the engine air filter, although both need to be replaced periodically, the cabin air filter is responsible for the air that you and your passengers breathe from the moment you step into the vehicle until the time you unbuckle and climb out. In today's world where we travel in air-tight cars, opting for air conditioning rather than open windows, making sure the cabin air filter is doing its job is even more important than the days when windows were open and hair was windblown. In fact, it wasn't until the year 2000 that vehicles were required to have cabin air filters. So if you have a car manufactured after that year, as are most cars on the road today, replacing it is a check-off item on your Toyota scheduled maintenance checklist.

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The Purpose of Your Cabin Air Filter

The cabin air filter resides behind the glove compartment in some cars, and under the dashboard or hood on others. No matter where it is located, the air filter works in the same way. Air from the outside comes into the end through the vent located above the hood. This air then passes through the car's HVAC system on its way to entering the cabin properly. The filter works to catch all the debris, dust, pollen, and mold spores constantly. And since the exterior hood vents stay open even when the interior HVAC and air circulation vents are closed, they are often a chosen spot for rodents to build a nest, thus they also build up a reserve of droppings, leaves, twigs, and oh yes, urine, through which our breathing air must pass.

If this doesn't answer the question of why should you replace your air cabin filter, nothing will. But even knowing this, you may be tempted to put it off until the next visit to your Toyota service department which can easily become yet another next visit. In cases like this, your vehicle will take matters into its own hands.

When Should You Have your Cabin Air Filter Replaced?

The range of manufacturer suggested intervals for air cabin filter replacement extends from every 15,000 to every 30,000 miles, or once a year. Knowing it's responsible for the air we take into our bodies, many drivers opt for the low number. 

If in doubt, it's best to check with your Toyota service manager, especially if you notice a musty odor in your car, or if the heat and air conditioning aren't working as well as usual. This may be due to a clogged air cabin filter impacting the flow of air on which HVAC depends. Whether you follow Toyota's suggested maintenance schedule, or have the filter replaced as needed, Tom Wood Toyota invites you to join its faithful cadre of Indianapolis and Whitestone, Indiana customers who have their Toyotas serviced here. If you have a busy schedule that doesn't allow for waiting, you can arrange for transportation or car rental. And when you return you'll find not just a clean cabin air filter, but a sparkling clean car since a complimentary car wash is part of every service.

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