How to change the cabin air filter?

It is recommended to change the cabin air filter every 15,000 km. It should be noted that the more you drive in the city, the faster it will get dirty. We also advise you to check the condition of this filter if there is a bad smell from the air vents when you turn on the air conditioning. See my article “How to maintain your air conditioning?

Depending on the car model, there are two scenarios: either the cabin air filter is located behind the glove box or at the base of the wiper blades. In this tutorial, we will study case n°1. My car is a Suzuki swift and the way to remove the glove box varies according to the models. To be sure to handle it on your titanium, you can consult its technical review.

1/ Remove all items from your glove compartment

2/ Dismantle the glove box – on my car, there are 2 small rubber stops that hold it in place and by pressing on each side of the bottom of the glove box, you can undo them

3/ Unscrew the cabin filter cover

4/ Pull the filter outwards and check its condition. It is good to change if it is grey/black with a lot of impurities in the scratches.

5/ Caution: when installing the cabin air filter has been observed when installing it. Inscriptions are legible on the side so as not to make mistakes.

Did you know that the air inside your cabin is 6 times more polluted than the outside air. The cabin filter or “activated carbon filter” is a part of your vehicle used to clean the outside air. Indeed, your vehicle is equipped with a ventilation system that combined or not with air conditioning, releases outside air to the occupants. This air is purified through the cabin filter. In fact, often forgotten or neglected, it plays an essential role in ensuring the comfort and safety of passengers. So why and when should you change the cabin filter?

What is the purpose of a cabin filter?

Whether or not your vehicle is equipped with air conditioning, it necessarily has a cabin filter that is generally located near the ventilation system. Its role is simple, it is used to purify polluted air from outside before it circulates in the passenger compartment, through ventilation or air conditioning. Thus, it will generally capture:

  • All allergenic particles: dust, germs, pollens…
  • Vehicle exhaust gases
  • Polluting particles.

This cabin filter, often unknown to drivers, it is therefore essential to preserve good air quality in your car and the health of passengers.

There can be several types of filters:

  • The simple pollen filter: white, it protects above all from pollen.
  • The activated carbon filter: grey, it captures pollen, but also polluting particles and bad smells and natural gases.
  • The polyphenol filter: very effective and patented, it absorbs all allergens and bacteria.
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