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Mission Viejo Drivers: Get Fresh Air Inside Your Car

Let’s talk about air quality in Mission Viejo. It’s a global issue, but affects us wherever we are. Many decades ago, Mission Viejo car owners began to become aware of how air pollution negatively affects health. But what about the air inside your vehicle?

Cabin air filters are now coming on most new pickups in Mission Viejo. These filters clean the air in the passenger compartment. They can filter particles down to three microns, so that’s good enough to clean out dust, pollen and most pollutants. If you suffer from allergies in Mission Viejo, this is very good news. Your car can be a haven during your Mission Viejo commute.

Mission Viejo Drivers: Get Fresh Air Inside Your CarNow, it’s only been in the last few years that cabin air filters have become common in Mission Viejo. You can look in your owner’s manual to see if you have one. If you do, there’ll be a recommendation for replacing it when it gets dirty. If you live in an area of Mission Viejo where there’s a lot of dust, pollen or pollution, you may need to change it more often.

You can also ask your understanding Autobahn West technician in Mission Viejo. How hard is it to change an air filter on a car? It depends on your vehicle. Some are quite accessible; others take some doing to get to them. They’re usually in the engine compartment or under the dashboard.

Because cabin air filters are so new on the scene, some Mission Viejo people haven’t heard of them – even drivers who have cabin air filters in their pickup. Autobahn West service advisors have discovered that many Mission Viejo customers who complained about an unpleasant odor in their pickup simply had a dirty cabin air filter.

Cabin Air Filter From Autobahn West

What is a cabin air filter?

Is it:

  1. A filter for a house in the middle of the woods?
  2. A fresh, piney scent?
  3. A filter for the passenger compartment of your car?

Clever you, it’s 3.

A cabin air filter cleans the outside air before it comes into the passenger compartment. It filters out dust, pollen, spores, bacteria, pollutants, sparrows, exhaust gas and odors.

These high tech filters can block particles larger than 3 microns. By contrast, a grain of sand is about 200 microns.

Now not all vehicles in the Irvine area have cabin filters. They are fairly new on the scene in CA. About forty percent of new vehicles come with cabin air filters, but the number is growing every year.

Cabin air filters can make for a very nice driving environment for Mission Viejo drivers. Your car can be a haven during CA allergy season with very little dust and pollen getting into the cabin. However, like all filters, your cabin air filter eventually gets clogged. When this happens, your heating and air conditioning flow can become restricted. The filter can even get kind of smelly.

Autobahn West
25800 Jeronimo Rd. #200
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
949.770.2312

Check your owner’s manual for recommended replacement intervals. Often, the owner’s manual forgets about the cabin air filter, so ask your service technician for a recommendation. It’s usually every year or 12,000 miles/ 19,000 kilometers. Change it sooner if you drive in dusty conditions or if you start to notice an odor from your ventilation system.

So keep your cabin air filter clean. It may not help with your brother-in-law in the backseat, but it will make your driving experience more enjoyable.