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I’ve always enjoyed do it yourself projects, like making candles, play-doh for Luna, and other fun things of that sort. It wasn’t until recently that I got into doing DIY projects for our car. At the beginning of the year, I learned how to change oil, and recently I learned how to change the cabin air filters and engine air filters of our car. As many automotive DIY’s, it may sound intimidating, but, I promise you, it’s not as intimidating as it sounds.
Now before showing you how to change your cabin air filters, I know there may be some people who don’t even know it exists or it’s purpose. So let me explain, a cabin air filter can be found tucked securely behind the glove compartment on the passengers side. It cleans the air entering the vehicles (through the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system) interior of dust, dirt and allergens for passenger comfort and safety. The difference between the cabin air filter and an engine air filter is that one cleans the air flowing to your engine (engine air filter) and the other cleans the air flowing in to cockpit (cabin air filter). Both air filters help maintain air quality and that your car runs efficiently.
Changing the air filters in your car is very simple and straight-forward, in five easy steps. Seriously, a cabin air filter can be installed in as little as 15 minutes!
I headed to my local Canadian Tire, Auto Centre and asked David at the desk if he could help me find the correct FRAM Fresh Breeze cabin air filters and FRAM engine filters for our car. It was super quick, as David only needed to know our car model, make and year (you can also do this online,here. As it is 80% of cars since 2000 have a cabin filter installed to protect you from dirt, allergens and air pollution.
David, showed us to aisle 10, in the car parts aisle, where all of the car filters are located.
The cabin air filters need to be changed for several reasons. First, the air inside your vehicle can be up to 6x dirtier than the air outside, GROSS. Second, a clogged cabin air filter can block the flow of fresh air coming into the system and block output into the cabin of the vehicle. A clogged cabin air filter can also restrict the air entering your vehicle’s ventilation system which could cause your heating, air conditioning or defrost system to not work as it efficiently should.
Did you know that FRAM Fresh Breeze® cabin air filters can remove up to 98% of dirt, dust and allergens from passing through your vehicle’s air conditioning and heating ventilation system to improve your driving comfort. FRAM Fresh Breeze® is the only cabin air filter that uses the natural deodorizing qualities of Arm & Hammer baking soda and activated carbon to absorb and eliminate odors.
Changing our cabin air filters was super easy, literally took less than 5 minutes. We didn’t even need any tools to pull the arms of the glove compartment free. Gabriel couldn’t believe how quick and easy it was to change the air filters.
After changing our air filters, I like to put a cherry on top, by re-freshening our car scent with one of my DIY essential oil air fresheners. And you can too, in a couple easy steps. The materials you need are: foam, string, scissors, sharpie, and your favourite essential oil.
Now that you know the importance of changing your car’s air filters, what are you waiting for? Find your FRAM Fresh Breeze Cabin Air Filters and FRAM Engine Air Filters here.
I would love to hear how you change your car’s air filters. Do you DIY or take it to the shop?