How Often Do I Change My Cabin Air Filter?

Hand removing cabin air filter


If you’re wondering how often you should perform a cabin air filter replacement, the service department experts at Brooklyn Volkswagen are here to help! Most Volkswagen technicians and automotive manufacturers will recommend having your cabin air filters replaced every 15,000 miles. However, you should always consult your owner’s manual for model-specific cabin air filter replacement intervals. Remember, you can always visit Brooklyn Volkswagen to get additional information based on your driving conditions, habits, and the Brooklyn-area climate. Learn more about the cabin air filter cost, what a cabin air filter does, and more with our expert service technicians. 

What Does a Cabin Air Filter Do?

Many Queens drivers often want to know, “What does a cabin air filter do?” The cabin air filter cleans the air that passes through the ventilation, heating, and air conditioning systems to prevent dust, dirt, pollen, and other contaminants from getting inside your cabin. Over time, your cabin air filter will get clogged which affects your vehicle’s interior air quality.

When Do You Change a Cabin Air Filter?

When does a cabin air filter need to be replaced? If you drive in a city with poor air quality, travel along desert roads, or frequently go off-roading, you’ll likely need to have the cabin air filter changed more frequently. If you’re unsure of how often to change the cabin air filter, here are some tell-tale signs to look out for when driving around Queens. 

If you drive in a city that has poor air quality or lots of construction, or you live away from the city and drive on dirt roads or in the desert, or you enjoy off-roading adventures, you may need to have the cabin air filter changed more frequently. If you’re not sure how often to change the cabin air filter, here are signs to watch out for while on the roads in Staten Island:

  1. Reduced airflow when climate control systems are on
  2. Lingering unpleasant odors
  3. Increasing dust settling on vehicle surfaces

Tips to Follow When Changing a Cabin Air Filter

  1. Check your owner’s manual to see where the filter is located. This will determine just how difficult or easy replacing the cabin air filter will be. 
  2. The cabin air filter is often located behind the glove box or under the hood, which should be fairly accessible. However, in some models it’s under the dashboard, which is much more difficult to reach.
  3. Be sure to wear gloves and a mask just in case things get messy.
  4. Place the old filter in a garbage bag, and replace it with a genuine OEM part to ensure quality, durability, and a perfect fit, and to maintain the Volkswagen warranty.

How Much Does Changing the Cabin Air Filter Cost?

Depending on the type of vehicle you have, the cabin air filter cost will range between $30 and $70. If your vehicle is still under warranty, some costs may be taken care of at our Brooklyn service center. In a rush? You can also order parts online, and be sure to check our ongoing service specials to save on your visit! 

Get More Expert Service Tips From Brooklyn Volkswagen!

If you have any additional questions about the process of cabin air filter replacement, or you’d like for our certified technicians to get the job done for you, contact us today! Our team is always on standby to provide customers with expert service tips and tricks.

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