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Your Cabin Air Filter During California Wildfires

2020 has been a historic fire season with record-breaking smog, scorching weather, and low humidity. In addition to everyday air pollutants, Los Angeles has experienced a decrease in air quality due to the soot, ash, and dust from the wildfires. This is a great time to consider your vehicle’s cabin filter. The cabin filter is designed to protect you and your passengers from harmful air contaminants entering your vehicle. Depending on driving conditions, cabin filters are typically changed every twelve thousand miles. However, due to the hazardous air quality from the California wildfires, the cabin air filter may need to be changed more frequently. 

With today’s current circumstance, a clogged cabin air filter is inevitable. A dirty cabin filter will subject you to breathing the same polluted outside air while you’re inside your vehicle. Your vehicle’s cabin air quality will be drastically reduced and even just as dangerous as standing outside. If you aren’t sure whether it’s time to change your cabin filter, below are five signs that indicate it’s time for it to be replaced: 

Bad Odor
A foul or musty odor coming from the cabin vents can indicate the air filter is dirty.  

Dusty Vehicle Surfaces
If you wait too long to change the cabin filter, dust can travel through the vents and onto your vehicle’s surfaces.  

Reduced Airflow
Air should consistently flow through the vents when the fan is turned high. If the airflow seems weaker than usual, it may be time to change the air filter. 

Decreased Fuel Efficiency
Keep an eye on your vehicle’s gas mileage. A dirty air filter will prevent the necessary amount of air consumption. The engine will have to work harder and use more fuel to power the engine. Clean air filters help save on fuel costs. 

Major Decrease in Horsepower
Take note of how well your vehicle accelerates. You shouldn’t have to slam on the accelerator to jolt your vehicle into moving forward. A simple press on the pedal should quickly move the car. A vehicle struggling to accelerate with accompanied jerks and stalls can indicate the air filter is polluted. 

Cabin Air Filter Replacement in Los Angeles 

If your cabin air filter is dirty, it’s time for a replacement. 26th Street Auto Center is here to help. Protect yourself from the hazardous air quality by ensuring your cabin air filter is clean and properly installed. Don’t forget to give the outside of your vehicle a little extra TLC. We offer mobile detailing services to our new and dedicated customers within Santa Monica, West Los Angeles, Pacific Palisades, and Brentwood, CA. Click here to schedule an appointment or feel free to reach out to one of our expert automotive technicians at 310-234-5631. 

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