Why Should I Replace My Cabin Air Filter?

Have you ever noticed that the air flow in your vehicle isn’t as strong as it once was? Or maybe your air conditioner is putting out a musty smell? If you have, it might be time to replace your cabin air filter!

There are two main types of cabin air filters, particle filters and absorption filters. Particle filters prevent dust and pollen particles from infiltrating your vehicle by trapping those particles with small fibers. Absorption filters are more advanced, blocking harmful gases and chemicals by the use of activation charcoal.

Over time, you might have noticed that the air from your air conditioner isn’t quite what it used to be. When your air conditioner is set to draw in air from the outside, it must first pass through the air filter, and if that air filter is clogged it will slow down your air flow and reduce the effectiveness of your air conditioner.

It is not uncommon to hear about people smelling a musty or mildew smell in their vehicle. Since air filters are made from a cloth type material they can absorb moisture and can sometimes mildew. Unfortunately, the only way to get rid of the mildew smell is to change out the air filter.

The best thing about your cabin air filter is its ability to trap pollen and other allergens from getting into your vehicle through the HVAC system. When the fibers of the cabin air filter have reached the maximum amount of pollen that it can hold, the rest of the pollen and allergens will pass through onto the cabin.

Cabin air filters can be located in different places in the front interior of your vehicle and it is a fairly simple process to check your own. However, if you are experiencing any of these problems and are weary of checking it out for yourself, you can always swing by and have one of our technicians check it for you.

Clean Cabin Air Filter vs Dirty Cabin Air Filter
Clean Cabin Air Filter vs Dirty Cabin Air Filter

Why Buy OEM Parts?

What are OEM parts and why do they matter? Chevrolet OEM parts are Original Equipment Manufacturer parts that have been manufactured specifically for Chevrolet vehicles. They fit right every time and have undergone stringent tests to ensure they are of the highest quality for your safety. If you are ever in a collision, make sure the body shop that is repairing your car is using OEM parts because aftermarket parts may not fit properly or have the correct crumple zones for safety. Sometimes your insurance carrier will insist that a body shop repair a vehicle with aftermarket parts. This is a great question that you can ask when you are shopping for insurance companies and what kind of policies they offer.

OEM parts may cost more up front, but this is one of those cases where “you get what you pay for”. OEM parts are tried and true for your vehicle and come with a peace of mind that aftermarket parts just can’t provide. Visit our Parts Department for more information about OEM parts and how they can benefit your vehicle. Our Parts team has over 139 years combined experience in the parts business and are happy to share their experiences with you!